Spread the love by making a heart-themed knitting accessory for a crafting friend. This cute tape measure cover pattern by Kirstie McLeod first appeared as a knitting kit with issue 169 of Simply Knitting magazine. It requires small amounts of 4ply yarn so it's great for using up sock yarn leftovers and other oddments from your stash.


There are just three little pieces to knit, and the small size makes sewing up a doddle! If you need help following the chart, check out our guide on how to read charts in knitting patterns.

This little tape measure cover would be a fab quick-make present, or a relaxing knit for a quiet weekend at home. And when you've finished this, find more fun mini projects in our free knitting patterns collection.

Just the very thing my knitting kit’s been missing! A good tape measure is a handy tool to have to hand – especially a cute one.
Sophie Jordan, Deputy Editor

To make this tape measure cover you will need:

Scraps of any 4ply yarn from your stash: Yarn A White, Yarn B Dark pink, Yarn C Light pink. Find lots of 4ply yarns to choose from at www.lovecrafts.com

A pair of 3mm knitting needles

A 6cm diameter tape measure

Knit a tape measure cover


Yarn used knits as 4ply to this tension: 28 sts and 36 rows to measure 10x10cm over st st using 3mm needles


To fit a 6cm diameter tape measure

Tape measure cover chart

Knitted tape measure cover chart

How to use our charts: Start at the bottom right-hand corner. Read right side rows from right to left and wrong side rows from left to right. A row of squares represents a row of knitting.

Tape measure cover

Cast on 7 sts using 3mm needles and Yarn A.

Row 1 and every foll alt row (WS) Purl.

Row 3 (Kfb) to end. [14 sts]

Row 5 (Kfb, K1) to end. [21 sts]

Row 7 (Kfb, K2) to end. [28 sts]

Row 9 (Kfb, K3) to end. [36 sts]

Rows 10, 11 and 12 Purl.

Change to Yarn B.

Row 13 Knit.

Change to Yarn A.

Row 14 Purl.

Rows 15, 16 and 17 Knit.

Change to Yarn C.

Row 18 and every foll alt row (WS) Purl.

Row 19 (K2tog, K3) to end. [28 sts]

Change to Yarn A.

Row 20 Purl.

Row 21 (K2tog, K2) to end. [21 sts]

Change to Yarn C.

Row 22 Purl.

Row 23 (K2tog, K1) to end. [14 sts]

Row 25 (K2tog) to end. [7 sts]

Row 26 Purl.

Cast off.

Tape measure cover heart

Cast on 1 st using 3mm needles and Yarn B.

Row 1 and every foll alt row (WS) Purl.

Row 2 Knit into front, back and front of same stitch. [3 sts]

Rows 4, 6, 8 and 10 Kfb, knit to last st, kfb. [5 sts]

Rows 5, 7 and 9 Purl.

Row 11 K2tog, K1, k2tog, turn, leaving rem sts on the needle.

Row 13 Sk2po.

Fasten off.

Re-join yarn to knit remaining sts.

Next row Sk2po, K1, k2tog, turn.

Next row Purl.

Next row Sk2po.

Fasten off.

Tape measure cover tab

Cast on 5 sts using 3mm needles and Yarn B.

Work Chart.

Cast off.

Make up the tape measure cover

With RS facing, sew one of the side seams of the Cover and fasten off. Turn right way out, insert tape measure and sew the second side seam. Sew Heart onto the front of the cover and secure the Tab in place at the end of the tape measure.

Download your tape measure cover pattern:

We also have this knitting pattern available as a PDF – download your copy below.


Knitted tape measure cover PDF

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Sarah WinsperDigital Assistant, Simply Knitting and The Knitter

As well as spending her working life thinking about yarn, Sarah designs knitting patterns in her spare time, too!

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