Sunday, November 05, 2006

Ball Band Toilet Paper Cover Pattern

This is my pattern for a knitted toilet paper cover inspired by the "Ball Band" dishcloth. This cover is made to fit a 1000 sheet roll of toilet paper (The kind that is purchased singly, wrapped in a paper) .

**The pattern is based on the "Ballband Dishcloth" pattern and can be found in the Mason-Dixon Knitting book by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne. The pattern can also be found on the back side of the Peaches & Cream label. I found mine on the 1lb. cone I purchased in Walmart. Another place you can find the pattern is on the Dishcloth Boutique website where the pattern is known as the Textured Slip Stitch Dishcloth. **

Edited 8/8/08 You can find the ballband dishcloth pattern at the elmore-pisgah website.

Edited: 8/9/07
Please email me if you would like the PDF file of this pattern for easier printing. I would be happy to email it to you. I am looking for another site to host my patterns in the PDF format. If anyone can recommend a reliable free site please let me know. Thanks :)
Edited: 9/28/2007
Click here to download pattern PDF file. Please email me with any problems or questions. Thanks!

Worsted weight cotton yarn. 2 small balls, 2 colors A and B. Most worsted weight yarns should work.
Size 7 circular (16") needles, and size 7 ( set of 4) double pointed needles
Large eyed yarn needle
1 stitch marker

Gauge: 18 stitches / 32 rows / 4" in pattern stitch

With color A cast on 60 stitches with the size 7 (16") circular needle. join being careful not to twist.
Knit 8 rounds.

Pattern starts now ( always slip stitches as if to purl and do not break yarn when changing colors, just carry loosely in back of work) :
Round 1 and 2: knit
Round 3: with color B, knit 4, slip1 (*knit 5, slip 1) repeat from * ending knit 1
Round 4: purl 4, yarn back, slip 1, yarn forward (*purl 5, yarn back, slip 1, yarn forward) repeat from * ending purl 1
Round 5: repeat round 4
Round 6: repeat round 4 again
Round 7: with color A, knit
Round 8: knit
Round 9: with color B, knit 1, slip1 (*knit 5, slip 1) repeat from * ending knit 4
Round 10: purl 1, yarn back, slip 1, yarn forward (*purl 5, yarn back, slip 1, yarn forward) repeat from * ending purl 4
Round 11: repeat round 10
Round 12: repeat round 10

Repeat these 12 rounds until there are 7 bands.
End with 2 knitted rounds of color A.

Decrease rounds:
Switch to size 7 double pointed needles, dividing stitches evenly.

Continue with color A
Round1: (* knit 4, knit 2 together) repeat from * ending with knit 2 together
Round2: knit
Round 3: (* knit 3, knit 2 together) repeat from * ending with knit 2 together
Round 4: knit
Round 5: (* knit 2, knit 2 together) repeat from * ending with knit 2 together
Round 6: knit
Round 7: (* knit 1, knit 2 together) repeat from * ending with knit 2 together
Round 8: knit
Round 9: (* knit 2 together) repeat from *
Round 10: knit
Round 11: (* knit 2 together) repeat from *

Break yarn and using large eyed yarn needle draw yarn through the 5 remaining stitches and fasten. Weave all end in.
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  1. Oh wow, one is prettier than the other. I just love the first picture, it's the lighting I guess, but it looks so professional. I wish I could make one right now. Sigh. Soooo much I'd like to knit.

  2. Heh, it looks like a little hat! x

  3. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern, I can't wait to make a few. I've had a great time browsing through your blog and seeing all the neat things you've made. Now I want to make pocketbook slippers and entrelac dishcloths and entrelac felted bags! It's a good thing I've got a huge stash of cotton and wool.

    Thanks also for the nice comment on my blog.

  4. you always come up with such interesting (the GOOD kind of interesting!) ideas from patterns that are out there! : )

  5. Way cute! I especially love the one at the top of your post! :)

  6. Hakucho,

    Way to blow your mind with your own creative genius!!!! As a child in the 1960s, I was frightened by a crocheted toilet paper roll cover (remember the ones with a plastic doll at the top, and her 'skirt' hid the toilet paper??). The ballband version is so much cuter! xoxo Kay

  7. Thank you thank you thank you!

    Thanks for the pattern, and the trip down memory lane. I love the white and pastel one the most, but they are all beautiful! And this looks like fun!

    We can't put our rolls on the holder (our dogs will search and destroy) so this is a pretty way to keep them up and safe. I will make some this week!

  8. What a great idea. They all look great. No more undressed toilet paper.

  9. Thanks for the pattern. I can't wait to make one of these!!

  10. Great !! Will sure catch everyones eye!! Has you ever thought of doing this for a tissue box? Would be great.

  11. Anonymous,
    Actually I had thought about covering a tissue box briefly. It's a great idea! Maybe some to do list for knitting is growing by leaps and bounds day by day :) If you give it a try, please let me know I would love to see it :)

  12. beautiful pattern I would really like to be able to print the picture of this pattern as I already have the pattern but would like the picture to go with it as I plan on making it in the near future,I was wondering if you could help me out as my computer won't print he picture for me thanx Mary B

  13. Mary B.,
    Email me. I'll try to help you, but I can't reply to you because you posted anonymously. I'm not sure why you can't print the picture.

  14. I like the colors you used...pretty colors.


  15. Thank you for posting this pattern! We just had our bathroom remodeled and this is one of the finishing touches that was needed.

  16. Hi - I am certainly delighted to find this. cool job!

  17. This is an adorable pattern, and I would love to make it into a kooky top-hat! I've never written a hat pattern (and can barely knit one), so I was wondering whether you might convert the pattern when you have some time... If you do this, please let me know at kimnathans at yahoo dot com!

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    1. Where does the paper come out.?

    2. Hi Anonymous,
      This is a pattern for a decorative cover for your spare roll of toilet paper so no one runs out! You just slip the cover off and place on the roller. It is not a dispenser.

  18. Hi, love everything about your toilet roll covers. Is there any chance we could have the pattern for 2 needles please? cheers, Marilyn in the UK.

    1. It would be pretty easy to knit the BB toilet paper cover on 2 needles, knit flat and sew up the side... but honestly I don't know why you would want to, as you'd have a seam. Seamless is so much better. Knitting with dpn needles is so easy and this would be a great pattern to give it a try at learning how. If you must use 2 needles just cast on the sames number of stitches, but don't join, knit the pattern flat remembering that if you are not knitting in the round you need to alternate your knit and purl rows. When you knit in the round you knit every row to get the same effect. You would adjust the pattern stitch by following the stitch pattern in the ballband dishcloth pattern. Then just sew up the seam. Good luck!

  19. I was thinking of some of the knitted and crocheted gifts my grandma would send, and one of them was a toilet paper cover. Not only do they jazz up extra toilet paper rolls, but they keep curious kittens and toddlers from unrolling toilet paper.

  20. Funny you should mention the ones with the doll inside, because that's the kind she would make, and the one I remember had a really big hat.


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