How to knit a book cover

Wrap good reads and notebooks in our two-stitch, easy-knit book cover pattern by Julie Picard complete with a little pocket for highlighters or hooks. A sleeve for the bookish crafter!

Mollie Makes knitting pattern

You will need:

• King Cole Merino Blend DK Wool: shades 794 (A) and 925 (B)
• Size 4mm knitting needles
• Tapestry needle
• Scissors
• Tape measure

Please note: the pattern measurements are for an A5 book (210 x 148mm).

How to knit a book cover | Step 1 - Mollie Makes free knitting patterns

Step 1
Cast on 49 stitches with yarn A. Work in seed stitch (knit one, purl one, repeat to the end of row) until the jacket measures 38cm. Cast off.

How to knit a book cover | Step 2 - Mollie Makes free knitting patterns

Step 2
To make the jacket flaps: fold one side of the jacket to create a 4cm-wide flap. Stitch the top and bottom of the flap using the tapestry needle yarn A. Repeat on the other jacket flap.

How to knit a book cover | Step 3 - Mollie Makes free knitting patterns

Step 3
To make the pocket: cast on 17 stitches using yarn B. Seed stitch until the pocket measures 7cm, cast off. Stitch the pocket to the front using B, weave in the ends. Block your jacket (check the yarn label or brand’s website for recommended method).

How to knit a book cover - Mollie Makes free knitting patterns

This tutorial was designed by Julie Picard for Mollie Makes. Julie is the creator of Julie & The Knits, home of cute and quirky accessories.

  • When it says to cast on 49 st, does it mean slip knot plus 49, or slip knot plus 48?