Crochet Pattern: Book Cover

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – 9 Comments
Nowadays, when people say “notebook” they mean a portable computing device. I miss those days when I lived for school-supplies-shopping and got brand-new notebooks, pencils and pens. If I had known how to crochet way back then, I would have wanted to cover all my books and notebooks with a crocheted cover!

This pattern is for a notebook or book cover done in medium weight yarn, and is crocheted all in one go from end to end. It is written for a book 8 inches tall, but the pattern is easily adjusted to accommodate any size. Make this cover for books, notebooks, journals, or scrapbooks–add a decorative touch to the plain covers, to give it a little personality.

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: for books 8″ tall x 6″ wide, but pattern is easily adjustable for all book/notebook sizes

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 50 yards)
Crochet Hook J (6.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: 6 sc stitches x 6 sc rows = 2″

Need help understanding the abbreviations and symbols? Check out the crochet abbreviation chart!

Crochet Pattern: Book Cover

First Band:

ch 26, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch until end: 25 sc

Round 1: ch 2 (counts as dc here and throughout), dc in next 24 sc, working into the bottom of base, dc into the bottom of the 25 sc, sl st to first dc: 50 dc

Round 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each dc around: 50 sc

Round 3: ch 2, turn, dc in each sc around: 50 dc

Round 4: repeat round 2


Work now proceeds in rows.

Row 1: ch 2, turn, dc in next 24 sc: 25 dc

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each dc across: 25 sc

Rows 3-24: repeat rows 1 and 2

Row 25: repeat row 1, then ch 25, sl st in first dc: 25 dc, 25 ch

Second Band:

Work proceeds in rounds.

Round 1: ch 1, turn, sc in each st around: 50 sc

Round 2: ch 2, turn, dc in each sc around: 50 dc

Round 3-4: repeat rounds 1 and 2

ch 1, turn, sc in first 25 dc: 25 sc

Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Invert second band to correspond to first band, and sew top of last row to bottom of round 4 with whip stitching.


Working along the sides of the body, attach yarn to first dc of Row 1. ch 1, sc along the side, making 2 sc around the post of each dc and 1 sc around each sc, continue work along the band, sl st in next 25 sc. Do the same for the other side of the body and the other band. Finish off and weave in ends.

To make in other sizes:

The base should be as tall as the book or notebook you wish to cover. Simply adjust the number of stitches in the base ch to correspond to desired size. Follow the pattern for the First Band, keeping in mind that the stitch count should be double the number of base chains made. To accommodate a wider book, make more row repeats in the Body, making sure to end with a dc row. Ch the same number of base chains made, and join to first dc. Complete the Second Band in rounds, with double the number of base chains. Make a last sc row with the same number as base chains. Follow the rest of the pattern for edging and finishing.

If you have any questions, just leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you when I can. Happy crocheting, everyone!

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  1. Danette says:

    oh this is sooo nice…i was just thinking about about a bible cover…this will do perfectly…thanks!!!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    @Danette me too!! thanks Claire! 🙂

  3. Ann says:

    Like Danette, I want a bible cover and this is the one!

  4. ThatOneGirl says:

    Is there a way to download the free patterns by chance? I love them and would love to keep them on hand rather than turn on my computer every time I want to make one.

    • Rachel says:

      You can print out the pattern if you’d like. To do so, you can use the print function in your internet browser. In most browsers you can go to “File” then click on “print”. Each of the pages are coded to be printer friendly, so they should all print out neatly.

  5. kim wooldridge says:

    Im new at this so can u tell me what does this mean?, working into the bottom of base, dc into the bottom of the 25 sc, sl st to first dc: 50 dc
    The bottom of the bace?

  6. Jane Ashley says:

    I am wondering what the ‘bottom of base’ is. I can not figure it out. What is the bottom of the single crochet? I am a pretty advanced crocheter, and I can not figure out what this means. I have even Googled it! I am pretty bummed that I can’t figure it out. Help would be nice. Thank you.

  7. Rachel Choi says:

    Hello! I think Claire means the “bottom of base” as the opposite side of the foundation chain that hasn’t been worked into yet. So it’s like working on the bottom of the single crochets you made before round 1. Here’s a tutorial for working on the opposite side of the foundation chain to give you an idea of what she’s referring to:

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