Thursday, 19 February 2015

minion phone cover - free knitting pattern

As promised here is my finished minion phone cover, inspired by the minions of Despicable Me and well timed for the release of The Minion Movie later this year! And with my free pattern you can make your very own for either a small or large smartphone!

I have given instructions to knit a phone cover suitable for an iPhone 4/4s or similarly sized phone. You can also knit a larger phone cover suitable for a Sony Xperia Z3 compact or similarly sized phone.

The main phone cover piece is knitted in the round which makes a seamless and safe phone cover (but please note this will NOT protect your phone if dropped!) while the eyes and mouth are crocheted. If you can't crochet you can knit circles for the eyes instead, or cut them out of felt, and a knitted i-cord would work just as well for the mouth.

Please ensure you read the pattern carefully before you begin!

Also if you aren't a knitter but would like to buy the phone cover I have 2 iPhone sized ones available to buy from my Etsy shop - just click here!


3 double pointed 4mm knitting needles OR 1 double pointed and 1 set of circular knitting needles (to knit using magic loop method)
4mm crochet hook
Cygnet DK  I always buy this yarn from St. Anne's Hospice charity shops
Colour A - blue, 1255 Saxe
Colour B - yellow, 184 sunshine
Other colours - black, white, grey (only quite small amounts needed so check that stash- all DK weight)
Tapestry needle
A piece of cardboard cut to the dimensions of your phone
If you aren't crocheting or knitting your eyes you will also need black, white, and grey felt. 
slip stitches purl-wise, alternating a needle/stitch at a time


22 stitches x 28 rows = 10cm x 10cm
stocking stitch using 4mm needles

Note  the phone cover is worked from the bottom up

Note instructions are giving to knit the smaller iPhone cover. To knit the larger cover please follow instructions given in ( ). Where no ( ) are given the steps are the same for both sizes.  

-Using one 4mm dpn and blue yarn cast on 28 (32) stitches
viewed from the bottom
-To create the base slip alternate stitches purl-wise over the other 2 needles.
-So, the 1st stitch will slip to needle 1, the 2nd to needle 2, the 3rd to needle 1 - and so on
-Check the pictures to the right to make sure you are along the right track! This will create a sealed bottom at the foot of the case.

using the 3 dpns or the magic loop method
Knit 13 (15) rounds

change to yellow yarn

Knit 15 (17) rounds
viewed from the top

change to black yarn
Knit 3 rounds

change to yellow yarn
Knit 5 (6) rounds
Rib 1x1 (knit 1, purl 1) for 4 rounds

Cast off and sew in loose ends.

EYES (make 2)

Using black yarn and 4mm crochet hook
Round 1 - sc6 in magic circle (6)

change to white yarn
Round 2 - 2sc in each stitch round (12)

change to grey yarn
Round 3 - sc in each stitch round (12)

Fasten off


Using black yarn and 4mm crochet hook, chain 10 (12) stitches and fasten off


Using blue yarn and 4mm needles cast on 8 stitches, work straight 6 (8) rows of stocking stitch and cast off. Using black yarn embroider a 'G' onto the pocket

To finish insert the cardboard cut to the shape of your phone into the phone cover. This will prevent you from sewing the features through both sides of the cover and also stretches the cover to the correct proportions so that you can place the features into place.
Sew the eyes, mouth, and pocket to the front of the cover using the picture above as a guide.

I hope you enjoy your new minion phone cover! Share pictures with me if you make one here, or over on the Ravelry project page
This pattern is for personal use only, please do not sell items made from this pattern. Please do not republish this pattern as your own/without permission.


  1. Minion! My friend actually got me a minion shell case for my new phone as a joke and she was as surprised as me that I'm still using it a year later! I need to find an excuse to make this now... I love that double needle method, nice and simple :)

  2. Banana?? oooo excellent minions are awesome she shouldn't be surprised :) aaahh who needs an excuse go for it :p jenny xx