Wednesday, March 6, 2013

eReader Prop Pattern

A few weeks back, I posted pictures of this thing...

And as I do with my finished projects, I also posted it on Ravelry

A funny thing has happened in the last couple days. This thing has gotten a lot of interest (well, a lot of interest compared to how much interest my stuff usually gets).

I intend to play with this a bit and make a better one. But so long as there is interest, I thought I might as well share the pattern...

eReader Prop

Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids in Aran (although, any worsted weight yarn should work)
Needles: Size 8, straight and double pointed
Fiberfill stuffing to fill the pillow

20 sts and 27 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch
20 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Cast on 30 sts
Work in garter stitch for rows 1 & 2
Row 3: k1, k2 tog, work to last three stitches of row, k2tog, k1
Repeat these three rows (decreasing every third row) until four stitches remaining.
Next decrease row: k2tog, k2tog
Next row: k2tog
Then cut yarn and secure last stitch.

Using the double pointed needles, pick up and knit 30 stitches along each side of the base triangle--total of 90 stitches on the needles. (If you prefer to use circulars, make sure to place a marker at the end of each side.) Then join to work in the round.
Rounds 1 & 2: knit
Round 3: *k1, k2tog, work to the last three stitches on the needle (or to the marker), ssk, k1* repeat between *s twice more (for the next two needles)
Repeat rounds 1-3, decreasing row every third row
When there are about 8 stitches remaining on each needle (24 sts remaining) stuff the bottom of the pillow. then, when four stitches remain on each needle (12 stitches total) top off the stuffing before doing the next decrease round
Next decrease round: *k2tog, k2tog* repeat between *s for each needle
Next round: k2tog three times
Then cut yarn and thread the yarn through the remaining three stitches. Make sure the pillow is as full as you'd like it to be. Tighten and secure.

Along base, pick up and knit 27 stitches. (Use the row where you cast on for the garter stitch base.)
Work 8 rows in garter stitch (knit every row). Then on next wrong side row (you should be looking at the bottom of the pillow. If not, knit one more row) purl across. On next right side row, work a row of bobbles...
Bobble row: *knit 3 stitches, make bobble* repeat between *s to end of row, end knit 3
Next row: purl across
Then knit two more rows. Bind off on third row.

At the "make bobble" point:
(Yo, k1) 3 times into that next stitch. Then turn
Slide 1 stitch, p5, turn
Slide 1 stitch, k5, turn
P2tog three times, turn
Slide 1 stitch, k2tog, pass the slipped stitch over the k2tog

Wind in ends, and it's done!


  1. I was using a tablet a couple of months ago (I usually don't) and that would have come in so handy. As it was, I had to use whatever was handy.

  2. I usually prop my reader up on a book or something. I should get one of these. I would MAKE one of these but even reading the instructions was well beyond my ability.

  3. I'm glad it's gotten interest! It's a cool idea.

  4. Thannks for sharing...!! Gotta make this..!!

  5. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I saw a cushion that looks just like this a couple of weeks ago in a catalog and I thought neat idea I "should" get one for my kindle.... I'm glad I waited! I would rather MAKE one then buy one :D

  6. I'm new to knitting and I'm having trouble with the decrease in the bottom part. My first 3 rows are good but when i get to row 6, I end up with 2 stitches at the end instead of 3. I've re-knitted it 3 times with the same results. What am i doing wrong? If i'm goofed up now I can only imagine what I'll manage to do with the side pieces. :)

    1. I'm sorry, I'm not sure what you're asking. When you get to the last three stitches, you're turning them into two stitches (doing the decrease one stitch in from the the edge), so to me it sounds like you're doing it correctly.

      At the end of row 6 you should have 26 stitches on the needle. As long as you have 26 stitches on the needle, you should be fine.

      If it's easier, you can work the decrease over the first 2 and last two stitches of every 3rd row. (I like having the selvage stitch, but that's me.)

      Hope that helps. If not, feel free to email me mllelizka (at) gmail (dot) com.

  7. How much yarn did you use? I am considering doing this with stash yarns, perhaps even striping the pyramid, to use up stash.

    1. Unfortunately, I'm terrible at estimating yardage when it comes to knitting. It doesn't take a whole skein. Using stash yarns should be fine.

  8. Is there anyway to convert this to crochet since I don't knit.

    1. I've been working on this (off and on...). I made one prototype, but I wasn't pleased with the final look. One of these days I'll perfect it.

  9. Shared on Facebook for my friends who knit. Maybe one of them will make one for my Kindle (I've never been able to learn to knit - tried three times). Like your commenter above, I hope you can come up with a crocheted version. Alana

  10. I'm just thinking that it doesn't have to be for an e-reader. It could easily be adapted - just change the size - to hold a paper pattern. I've been looking for something like that for years.

  11. Thank you so much for providing this pattern. I have a friend who uses her tablet a*l*l the time for watching TV so it would make a lovely gift.


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