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Free Knifty Knitter Book Cover Pattern

Updated on February 6, 2018
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Knifty Knitter Book Cover Pattern
Knifty Knitter Book Cover Pattern

Knitted Book Cover Made on the Knifty Knitter Long Looms!

Hand loomed bible, book or journal covers make special gifts. I have made them for family members as well as myself. This pattern uses the Knifty Knitter pink long loom and worsted weight yarn. For a larger book, you could use the yellow loom. The tube knit cover slips over the book and can be adorned with pockets, jewels, beads, buttons and other items to personalize the finished look.

The pattern below fits a book that is approximately 9 inches tall. If you have a tall book, you may want to use the yellow loom instead. The yellow loom works for a book approximately 1 foot tall.

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The small, 10 inch, pink loom is used to make this journal cover pattern. It is the smallest loom in this set of 4 long looms. The original Knifty Knitter looms are back and available at The set comes with instructions, a knitting hook, and a yarn needle.


What You'll Need to Get Started:

Supplies for a Knitted Book Cover

  • Pink Knifty Knitter Long Loom
  • Skein of Bulky or Super Bulky Weight Yarn
  • Ribbon, Twine, Leather Straps, or other Materials Used to Make Ties
  • Decorative Buttons, Sequins, Leather, Beads, Shells, Jewels, or Other Decorative Materials
  • Yarn Needle

Free Journal Cover Pattern - Get Started Making Your Knitted Book Cover

  1. Tube knit around the loom until the knit reaches 9 inches, or the width of the front side of the book to be covered plus one inch. Tube knit is done as a continuous spiral around the loom without changing direction as you knit.

    I prefer the ewrap stitch for this project, but any stitch can be used. If you are brand new to loom knitting here are ewrap instructions. There is also a You Tube video below that will show you how to make this stitch.

  2. Panel knit for 5 rows. Panel knitting is done by knitting back and forth one side of the loom only. This panel covers the spine of the book.
  3. Sew twice through each loop on the side of the loom that you did not panel knit using a yarn needle. This forms the first pocket for the book cover to slide into.
  4. Returning to the side where you panel knitted, wrap the entire loom again. Tube knit until it reaches 9 inches (or the width used in step 1.) This creates the pocket for the second side of the book to slide into.
  5. Sew closed the ends of the knit using a mattress stitch and a yarn needle. To finish tie a knot and hide the loose thread in the pocket of the book cover.
  6. Add ribbon, twine, leather straps, etc to tie the book closed. Embellish with favorite décor.

If you haven't knitted using the E wrap before, there are video instructions below explaining how to do this.

How to Ewrap from You Tube

Embellishment Ideas for a Knitted Book Cover

Book Cover with Fun Fur
Book Cover with Fun Fur

Book Cover Idea

This is a bit of visual inspiration to spark your creativity. This bright and fuzzy book cover with over-sized buttons could easily be loomed using fun fur yarn.

Masculine Book Cover

Felted Book Cover with Leather Straps
Felted Book Cover with Leather Straps

Felted Book Cover with a Leather Tie

This is a felted book cover. Felting is done by knitting a wool cover much larger than the actual book and washing the knit in hot water to shrink it. The finished felt is dense and has the appearance of wool fabric rather than knit. Leather ties are used here to keep the book closed.


After you've dressed up the outside of the book, check out my homemade bookmark. It can be made using the straw weaving tool.

Make a Bookmark with the Knifty Knitter Straw Weaving Tool

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