Knitting projects for book covers, book holders, and other reading themed patterns. Many of the patterns are free. Updated 3/13/23
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This easy-to-knit shawl is knit with an 8 row repeat diamond lace with deep pockets perfect for books or other items, or when you have the desire to just settle down and curl up with a good book. The pattern includes 2 versions, 1 made with worsted-weight yarn, the other with super chunky-weight yarn. Designed by Lena Skvagerson.
- Get the free knitting pattern at Annie's for free registration
- Buy the video class for this pattern and 2 other patterns for $3.99
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Pyramid shaped rest designed to prop up your ereader or tablet so you can read hands free. The little pillow is stuffed with a bean bag with a dowel to hold your device in place. Uses about 30g of DK weight yarn. Designed by Frankie Brown
Bookmark/Journal Bands with Pen Holders
Two styles of bookmark bands keep your place and provide a place for a highlighter or pen. Journal Band with Pen Pocket and Journal Band with Buttons and Pen Loop. Great quick gift. Uses 90 yards (82 m) of Fingering weight yarn so they're great stashbusters. Designed by Laura Crowley
- Get the free Journal Band with Pen Pocket knitting pattern
- Get the free Journal Band with Buttons knitting pattern
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Eye Glasses Cord
Keep your readers and other eyeglasses handy for reading or knitting with this easy i-cord lanyard. Great quick gift. Uses 50 yards (46 m) of Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Lisa J Gravel
Cozy shawl with deep pockets to hold books, knitting projects, devices and other items you want to keep with you. It also has a hood to keep you warm outside or hide those earbuds if you're listening to an audio book. Knit in a 2 row repeat. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Berroco Design Team
Placeholder Bracelet Bookmark
Easy bracelet doubles as a bookmark that you can wear! The pattern is easy to memorize and the size is easy to adjust. Needs just 80 yards of fingering-weight yarn so it's great for scrap yarn and stashbusting. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Wendy Poush
Book stand to prop up your books and bands to hold the pages. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Sylvie Rasch. Available in English and German
Inspired by brimming bookshelves this striped garter stitch blanket is perfect for book lover. 2 sizes Crib and Throw. Great for mini skeins or stashbusting. Designed by Purl Soho
Pullover sweater with a wide deep pocket closed with a cat silhouette that's perfect for hiding a book or small knitting project or other fun items. DK weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand Yarn
Great Horn-Rimmed Vest
Owls wearing eye glasses and other spectacles motifs celebrate the beauty of wisdom and reading. Sizes 31, 35, 39, 43, 47, 51 & 55 inches. Designed by Mary Scott Huff for Knitty.
More Free Patterns
Book Review Scarf
Designed for book readers, this easy ribbed scarf is a visual review and reminder of the books you read over a chosen timeframe. In a spin on temperature scarves, each color and stripe width represents the number of stars you would give the book. You can also use this recipe for movies or shows you watch. Designed by knittedblissJC
Huxley Headband and Mitts
An ear-warming headwrap and a pair of fingerless gloves knit with a 4 row repeat 2 color star tweed stitch perfect for keeping warm while reading in the gardens at Pemberley. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Cirilia Rose for Berroco Inc.
"His Mark" Cardigan
Inspired by a scene from Moby Dick, this warm, rustic, seaworthy sweater depicts different marks reminiscent of signature Xs and graphic tattoos. In the scene from Melvile's book, Queegueg, who can't write, signs a contract with "his mark", a representation of his tatoo. Sizes Chest: 34.2539.75, 44.5, 47.75, 53, 55.5, 60.5 inches. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Ann Weaver for Knitty.
Lapghan With Pockets
Easy throw knit mostly in stockinette with garter stitch pockets to hold books, knitting patterns, remotes, and more. Super Bulky weight yarn. About 25 x 38 in. (63.5 x 96.5 cm) Designed by Lion Brand.
2 ways to get the pattern
- Get the free PDF VERSION knitting pattern at Lion Brand - link is below kit information
- Get the recommended Lion Brand Hometown USA Yarn at Joann
Cable Book or Journal Cover
This cover features braided cables and easy to customize. Designed by yss in worsted yarn. Pictured project by AmyPC who modified the flaps to stockinette and ribbing to sit flat inside book.
Traveler Journal Cover
This Cuaderno Azul Viajero notebook cover features a lace pattern and cloth flaps that add less bulk to the cover. Designed by Mayte Sánchez Sempere in DK yarn. Available in both English & Spanish.
One for the Books Cover
Book cover designed for knitting planners or other books in fingering weight yarn is easily customized for any size. Optional fabric tag creates a pen loop. Perfect for self-striping or variegated yarn. Available in English and German. Designed by Martina Behm
Grab and Go Diary Cover
This journal cover features a pocket for a mobile phone, a slot for a pen, a place to tuck notes under the band on the inside cover, and, of course a cable owl to watch over you. Designed by maggie mair in DK yarn.
Designed by Julie Picard for Mollie Makes, this two stitch cover for good reads or notebooks come with a handy pocket for highlighter, pen, or other tools.
Owl Book Cover
Tote designed to protect paperback sized books from damage features cable owl motifs. Can also be used as a tablet cover or small purse. Designed by Megan Lee
River Song’s Diary
Book cover cozy with a TARDIS motif inspired by Doctor Who. Designed by hells456. Pictured project by BeanQueen
Patterns for Purchase
Book Lover Bag
This reversible tote bag is surrounded by rows and rows of bookshelves. On both sides are an open book and the word “READ” in large letters. Double knit, the purse is fully reversible, Designed by Lisa Hannan Fox for NiftyKnitterDesigns. Worsted weight yarn.
Warm and cozy shawls with deep pockets perfect for carrying books or other items you want nearby. Patterns sold separately: Cabled Readers Wrap, Lace Readers Wrap, Moss Stitch Trimmed Wrap, all by Lisa Carnahan.
- Get Cabled Readers Wrap knitting pattern on Annie's
- Get the Lace Readers Wrap knitting pattern
- Get the Moss Stitch Trimmed Wrap knitting pattern
Book Lover Blanket
This reversible blanket is filled with rows and rows of bookshelves. In the center is an open book and the word “READ” in large letters. 2 sizes: The throw blanket is approximately 50” x 55” (127 cm x 140 cm). The baby blanket is approximately 35” x 34” (89 cm x 86 cm). Double knit, the blanket is fully reversible, Designed by Lisa Hannan Fox. Worsted weight yarn.
Bookworm toy reading book measures approximately 7 inches long & 4 inches tall when knit with worsted weight. But of course size will change depending on choice of yarn & needle. Designed by cheezombie.
Book Lover Scarf
This scarf features rows and rows of bookshelves with an open book and the word “READ” at each end. Double knit, the scarf is fully reversible, featuring opposite color schemes on each side. Designed by Lisa Hannan Fox. Fingering weight yarn.
Fingerless mitts with bookshelves and books in colorwork with options to use either stranded knitting or duplicate stitch to form a cute but meaningful color block design. Great gift for book lovers or librarians, and good use of scrap yarn. Reading Mitten designed by Atalante. Fingering weight yarn. Pictured project by JanuaryYarns.
Sweet Eustace Cushion With Pocket
This cushion cover features a colorwork pocket panel with a stranded design of a horned heath sheep to hold your books, magazines, small knitting projects. Designed by Mona Zillah. DK weight yarn.
Monster Book of Monsters Book Cover
Designed for books 7 ¾ in high X 5 ½ in wide by 2 ¼ in deep. Tongue doubles as a book mark.
Bookend cozies with fair isle designs of the word READ and an owl. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Kendra Nitta. Photo by Caro Sheridan
Keep track of your reading glasses, stitch markers, a small scissors, keys, or other small craft items with this knitting themed lanyard. The lanyard comes in three sizes, one for your wrist, to maybe hold your keys, and 2 necklace lengths, short and long. Available as individual pattern or as part of an ebook with 8 other Knitwords patterns. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Cori Eichelberger.