As someone who loves to knit and wants to add a personal touch to my bathroom, knitting my own toilet paper covers is a fun DIY project. Not only are these covers decorative and unique, but they also add a layer of protection to the toilet paper. In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to knit your very own toilet paper covers.
Selecting Yarn for Toilet Paper Covers
The first step is choosing the right yarn for your toilet paper cover project. Here are some factors to consider when selecting yarn:
Fiber content – Look for yarns that contain cotton, bamboo, or linen. These natural fibers are both soft and absorbent, perfect for bathroom decor. Avoid wool or other animal fibers as they may felt or shrink.
Weight – Lightweight or medium weight yarns between DK and worsted work best. Heavy yarns are too bulky while fingering weight yarns are too holey.
Color/Texture – Pick any color or colors that fit your bathroom’s aesthetic. Adding some texture through bouclé, thick and thin, or sparkly novelty yarns takes the project up a notch.
Cotton ease – For 100% cotton, ensure the yarn has some cotton ease for stretch. Cotton ease helps the cover fit better over the toilet paper roll.
After considering these factors, I chose three skeins of light blue cotton blend yarn in a textured bouclé for my covers. The blues complement my bathroom coloring while the cotton blend provides the right amount of drape and absorption.
Knitting the Toilet Paper Cover
With yarn in hand, it’s time to knit the toilet paper cover. This project can be worked either flat or in the round. I prefer knitting flat to seam the cover shut. Follow these steps:
Cast On and Work Flat Panel
- CO 40-50 stitches using long tail or knitted cast on method. Number of stitches depends on yarn weight.
- Work in garter stitch (knit all rows) until piece measures approx 7-8 inches long.
Bind Off and Seam Shut
- Bind off all stitches.
- Fold piece in half widthwise with right sides together.
- Seam long edges using mattress stitch.
Add Hanging Loop
- Cut a 8-10 inch length of yarn.
- Use a crochet hook to pull this length through the inside top of the cover.
- Knot ends together to form hanging loop.
And that’s it! The knitted tube now forms a toilet paper cover that can slide right over a standard toilet paper roll. Make as many covers as needed for each bathroom.
Knitting Tips and Tricks
Here are some helpful tips when knitting toilet paper covers:
- Swatch to determine number of CO stitches needed for desired width.
- Use a stretchy BO like Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy to ensure the cover fits over the roll.
- Weave ends inside rather than knotting to reduce bulk.
- Block pieces to even out edges and define shape.
- Add shaping with increases/decreases for a tapered cover.
- Knit in rounds on circular needles to eliminate seaming.
And if you’re feeling creative, try adding openwork designs, ribbed textures, or changing up colors! Simple toilet paper covers provide the ideal canvas for practicing different knitting techniques.
Ideas for Customizing Your Toilet Paper Covers
Beyond just knitting a basic cover, there are many ways to make your toilet paper covers special:
Add appliques – Sew or glue on pom poms, ribbons, buttons, or other embellishments.
Embroider details – A backstitch monogram or floral design elevates the cover.
Include pockets – Knit, sew, or crochet a pocket to hold a spare roll or other small necessities.
Make sets – Coordinating covers for tissue boxes, soap pumps, toothbrush holders, etc. create a matching bathroom theme.
Gift them – These make fun and unique gifts for bridal showers, housewarmings, or holidays.
Sell them – People pay good money for handmade items on Etsy or at craft fairs.
Adding personal touches to your knitted toilet paper covers makes them as beautiful as they are functional. Let your creativity run wild!
So if you’re a knitter looking for a quick and satisfying project, try your hand at whipping up some custom toilet paper covers. They’re sure to add charm and personality to any bathroom.