Books are sources of knowledge and entertainment that’s why we need to take good care of these. Books are covered so that these will be protected from being damaged if accidentally spilled with water, food or dirt. Books are usually covered with plastic or leather. You can purchase book covers or you can create your own book cover. If you know how to knit, you can knit a book cover for your favorite book. You can use your favorite color and add design to express your personality. Your book cover will be unique and special because you’re the one who made it.
To knit a book cover, here are the steps.
- Prepare the materials. Buy the materials that you need for knitting the book cover which include needle, scissors, yarn and a pair of knitting needles (size 8). You can purchase these on any local craft store near your area. Choose yarns that are washable so that you can wash your book cover if needed.
- Measure the size of the book. Get your favorite book and lay it flat on the surface of the table. Get a ruler or a measuring tape and measure the height and width of the book. Once you have the height and width of the book, add 4 inches to the width. The additional 4 inches will be used for folding the book cover. For this example, we will be using a book, which is 16 inches in width and 10 inches in height. Since you need to add 4 inches on the width, the final measurement for the book cover is 20 inches for the width and 10 inches for the height.
- Cast and knit. Cast 80 stitches on the knitting needle. Knit stitch on each row until you get the length of the book. Once you get the desired length for the book to fit on the book cover, bind off stitches.
- Create the pockets. After binding off the stitches, you need to make the pockets for the book cover. The pockets will hold the book in place. Thread yarn through the large eyed needle then fold 2 inches on the right end of the width. Stitch the bottom and top of the folded part so that you will have the right pocket of your book cover. Fold 2 inches on the left end of the width. Stitch the bottom and top of the folded part so that you will have the left pocket of your book cover. You now have your very own knitted book cover.
Remember that the measurement and number of stitches depends on the book
that you will be using. To determine how many stitches you will need
for your book, check on the label of the yarn. Put your favorite book
inside the knitted book cover that you made and show this off to your
friends. They will definitely like it and be amazed with your talent.
You can also knit book covers for them so they can also use it on their
favorite book or you can teach them the steps on how to do this.