Reuben’s Whale Shark iPhone Cover

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Whale Shark

Some of you might remember that at about this time last year I was working on a knitted cover for my iPhone, in the shape of a whale shark? At first the project came together really quickly and I began writing down the pattern with the intention of publishing it, so that anyone interested could make it too, but unfortunately I got distracted along the way. Between being promoted at work, completing a diploma, buying a house and trying to find time to renovate it, I’ve had quite a busy year, and until now I just haven’t had the time to put it all together.

The good news is, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working really hard to get the pattern finished and it is finally done! I simplified the pattern from being knitted on DPNs to flat rows (for communication and tension purposes) and modified the fins to make them a better shape. I’ve even had a friend test the pattern to double check it works!

You can download the pattern here. It’s absolutely free! And while I made the whale shark as a cover for my iPhone, I think it would do equally well as a soft toy.

I’m so excited to be sharing my very first knitting pattern. I really hope you like it!

Reuben :)

PS What do you think of the blog’s new look? Katie gave HOH a bit of makeover over the weekend and we’re pretty chuffed with it! It felt like time for a fresh start…

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Reuben is a green thumb with a knitting machine for a brain. He likes dinosaurs, The Beatles and homebrew (among many other things).

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39 Responses to “Reuben’s Whale Shark iPhone Cover”

  1. Robbie July 30, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    Haha. I love it! Well worth the wait! Especially with all of those good things happening!

  2. Jime Ji July 30, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    Reaally love the new look of the blog!, it’s seems that with all the changes you’ve been trough, it was time!
    Its crazy for me to think about this pattern you made Reuben, because I get to know the blog because of that, crazy right? Congrats, it’s wonderful! :)
    Really love to read you guys! Kisses from the south!

  3. Susie July 30, 2013 at 1:17 am #

    I adore this! Its so adorable. The thought of writing knit patterns makes my brain go WONKY!

  4. Ju-Ju Swagger July 30, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    This is my most favorite thing made on this blog! :) Wouldn’t it be great iPad size! I wonder by using really big yarn, if it would work? Or would the whole pattern have to be super-sized? Super cool shark!

    • Reuben
      Reuben July 30, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      I’m really glad you like it! I think you could make it fit an iPad. Measure your iPad and adjust your needles, yarn and tension to suit. I think iPads are wider too so you could also cast on more stitches and spread them evenly over the width of the pattern. Let me know if you do it. I’d love to see the result!

  5. katie July 30, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    Love the phone case and the new look. Your little space here always feels so warm and snuggly. :)

  6. Jennifer F. July 30, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    Love the shark, love the new blog look! :)

  7. Aubrey July 30, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    That is the most adorable case. I love the choice of a whale shark and why you chose it. Beautifully done. I can’t wait to learn knitting and just signed up for a knitting class to do so. :)

  8. penny July 30, 2013 at 2:39 am #

    Fabulous whale shark, looks so authentic xox Penny
    Ps. Loving the new blog, looking fresh as a daisy x

  9. Emma July 30, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    That iPhone cover is beyond cool! x

  10. Faith July 30, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    Love the new layout! Super gorgeous :)

  11. mona July 30, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    I am very much hearting your whale shark! Thank you for the patter!!

  12. sarah July 30, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    The whale shark is very cute. I’m impressed. Also love the new blog make over

  13. Meg July 30, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Hey Reuben, how lovely are you for sharing your pattern for free? Very is the answer! What a generous act! New blog looks lovely too . . .

    • Reuben
      Reuben July 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

      Thank you. I feel it’s only fair considering I made everybody wait a year for it! :)

  14. Ruby July 30, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Thank you for sharing your pattern! I’ve been watching out for this every since you posted it last year

  15. April July 30, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    This is adorable! and it looks so fun to make too. I want to make a cute little toy to hangout on my shelves.

  16. Ali July 30, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    Dear Reuben, that is a brilliant iPhone cover, you are REALLY clever & patient to design & make the pattern, you have achieved so much recently, WELL DONE. Please let Katie know that the new blog is wonderful & I have to visit Dear Delilah a lot as it is such a pleasure to look at ( ok, I know, get a life ) but I love looking at beautiful things ! xx

  17. JessB July 30, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    I’m not a knitter, sorry, Reuben, but I wanted to say that the new layout looks so beautiful, Katie! Great job.

  18. Sarah Jane July 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE the new look of your blog! It’s so fresh and pretty!

    Sarah x

  19. Ravs July 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Great design – both the Whale Shark and the new look blog! I would dearly love to see a whale shark ‘in the flesh’ they seem so at peace with the world, or at least watching them on TV make me feel that way :)
    Love your blog, and am in awe of your knitting design talents Reuben!

  20. John Englart July 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Beautiful whale shark. And thanks for sharing the pattern.
    Nice design job on the blog. The colours are very soothing and beautiful.

  21. Donna Goat July 31, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Wow!!! You have outdone yourself this time Reubs! I love it!!! SO cute.

    Oh, also, in case you are wondering, we have a new blog, so I just popped you in my friendly links area :P xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  22. Rowdy Fairy July 31, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    This is too cute!

  23. Claire August 2, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Great pattern ! Thanks for sharing

  24. Hesther August 2, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Thank you for this free pattern. I needed a new phone cover, in the shape of a whale shark.

  25. Audrey August 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Thank you, it is delightful, a good socking filler

  26. kirstygardner August 2, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    It’s absolutely wonderful, thank you thank you for making it a free pattern xxxxx

  27. Kelly August 5, 2013 at 10:56 pm #

    this little guy reminds me of one of my favourite movies, The Life Aquatic. Tell me you’ve seen it! and if not, you have to watch it if only for the scene with the Jaguar shark in it and the fact it is a Bill Murray movie and he is the best thing since sliced bread. I’ve passed your pattern onto mum with several subtle hints about how I would very much like one, thanks.
    Good job on getting it done Reubs.
    Kelly x

  28. Daniel Ö August 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    So cool! I’m impressed!
    I’m thinking of making one for my head. Winters in north of Sweden can be soo cold!

  29. Susan August 31, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    OH MY, how awesome! This made me chuckle mightily, in a “dude, that’s so GREAT!” kinda way. Nice work!

  30. Laura September 4, 2013 at 3:48 am #

    Oh man, this is by far the most imaginative phone cover I’ve ever seen. Love it! Also, it sounds like you’ve had a (busy but) great year; congrats! xoxo

  31. Michelle November 20, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I don’t knit but would be willing to pay someone to make this for me. My daughter loves whale sharks and this would make a fantastic gift!

  32. Joan December 7, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    Love this. Well done! :-)

  33. Charis April 17, 2014 at 5:26 am #

    This is so awesome!

  34. Anne July 11, 2014 at 5:14 am #

    Thanks a lot for sharing the pattern of this cute shark!

    I have to say I am used to Italian and French knitting instructions, and if it is my first knitting work in three colors, but you made them very clear even for beginners! I am having no issues so far, except that at line 67 (P22, Ybwd, Sl1P, Yfwd) , P21 in white is in a very very light blue and I almost missed it… :)

    I’ll go on with the knitting and will post a picture when I finish it!

    Thanks again for sharing :)
    Anne

  35. KB August 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Hi Rueben! I’ve just started this project so sorry for a comment on a year old post! I’m a newbie with knitting so I had a question I hope I can explain well.

    I’m on row 52 the end of the pink section and I wanted to clarity that when you say for example in line 50 P18 slip stich, turn, slip stich etc and then in the next line K17 etc I am technically continuing down the line, not backtracking to the P18 stiches I just made right? I got confused at line 51 when the K15 and two slips left me with three stiches on one needle that had not been knit yet. Line 52 says P17 so I was confused because I technically hadn’t competed the row yet with those three extra stiches.

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