Free journal cover crochet pattern

Inspire yourself (or someone else) to finally start that story with this bright crochet book cover, designed by Samantha Osmond


Here at team gathered we love a good notebook! But how could you make it a bit more fancy – with a nice crochet case of course! This fab case is a super-simple make, so great if you’re new to crochet. It’ll fit a general small journal or book, but you can easily adjust the width or height by adding extra stitches or rows if you need to (just measure the book when opened up flat to include the front, back and side, then add on an extra 10cm to the width).

You will need

  • DROPS Cotton Merino Uni Colour (50% wool, 50% cotton, 50g/110m) or alternative dk yarn, 1 ball of each:
  • Mustard Yellow (15),
  • Forest Green (11),
  • Powder Pink (05),
  • Red (06)
  • A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook
  • A notebook measuring 14x21x1cm


21 sts and 26 rows to measure 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in) over double crochet using a 3.5mm hook or size needed to obtain correct tension


Journal Cover measures 40 x 24cm (15¾ x 9½in) To fit a notebook measuring 14 x 21 x 1cm (5½ x 81⁄4 x ½in)


You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using this handy chart.

Simply Crochet UK-to-US conversion chart


Journal Cover is made as a flat piece with the front and back flaps being stitched at the end. Always change colour on last yrh of previous stitch.


Free Journal Cover Crochet Pattern

Using Mustard Yellow, ch83.

Row 1 (RS) Dc in second ch from hook, dc in each ch to end, turn. [82 sts]

Row 2 Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), dc in each st to end, turn.

Rows 3-14 As Row 2.

Change to Forest Green.

Rows 15-28 As Row 2.

Change to Powder Pink.

Rows 29-38 As Row 2.

Change to Red.

Rows 39-56 As Row 2.

Do not fasten off. Rotate work 90 degrees and continuing in Red, ss surface crochet evenly just inside the edge of the cover.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

To finish

Place the cover WS up and place open book on top centrally. Fold in the left and right panels by approx 5cm, or to fit book (the front and back cover of book will slip into these panels to keep the cover in place) .

Sew panels in place along the top and bottom edges, through both thicknesses.

Fasten off and weave in ends.