Yesterday marked the beginning of Holy Week for Christians around the world, which starts with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter. If you’re looking for a special crochet project to commemorate your faith, or add an extra meaningful touch to your morning devotional time, this beautiful, heirloom quality, lace Bible cover crochet pattern is sure to be treasured for years to come! The crochet lace pattern, which looks complex, is actually easy to pick up, and is something that you will be able to finish before Easter. (Keep scrolling down for the pattern.)
My favorite memories of Easter as a child include singing beautiful songs about Christ’s Resurrection at church (music is another passion of mine), attending the “sunrise service”, and admiring all the beautiful spring dresses my friends were wearing. I also remember the beautiful Bible cover that my mom had. It was blue, with pink and yellow roses; trimmed with lace, and accented with pearl beads–I admired it so much, and longed to have my own just like it! Above all, Easter was a day for celebrating all things new, and spending time with family recounting our blessings. It is in honor of these memories, and the gift of Hope we have because of Christ’s death and resurrection, that this crochet Bible cover pattern came to be.
The flower motif, which I originally found instructions for over here, reminds me of lilies which are often associated with Easter, due to the themes of purity and rebirth. Because of that, this beautiful crochet cover would also work for a baby dedication, first communion, or baptism gift.
Regardless of whether you are a person of faith, or not, it is my hope that you will be surrounded by beauty and love this Easter season–and I’m not fooling around. 😉
Stitches Used (US Terms):
ch = chain
sc =single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
Puff Stitch (abbreviated “puff” in pattern): YO, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, YO, insert hook into same stitch, pull up a loop 2 more times. YO and pull through all 7 loops.
19 sc stitches in 4″
9 ½” by 13 ½” including trim
An assembly diagram is included further down.
It is possible to customize this! Try a beginning ch of 50 for a smaller Bible cover. Measurements are taken across the back from one end of the cover to the other. The original stitch pattern called for multiples of 16 + 10 for the starting chain, but I have tried multiples of 8 + 10 also, and had it work. The following beginning chains should work with this pattern: 42, 50, 58, 66, and 74.
Ch 66 (fun fact: Did you know there are 66 books in the Protestant Bible?),
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (65)
Row 2: sc in first stitch, *ch 1, skip 3 stitches, [puff, ch 2, puff, ch 2, puff] in the next, ch 1, skip 3 stitches, sc in the next* repeat across, ch 2 (counts as first dc), turn (8 shells)
Row 3: dc in first stitch, ch 2, skip to top of first shell in previous row, sc, ch 2, skip to sc between shells, 3 dc, ch 2 *skip to top of next shell in previous row, sc, ch 2, skip to sc between shells, 3 dc, ch 2* when you get to the final stitch work 2 dc, then ch 2 (counts as first stitch of next row), turn
Row 4: [puff, ch 2, puff] in first stitch, ch 1, *skip to sc from previous row, sc, ch 1, skip to center stitch of 3 dc from previous row, and work [puff, ch 2, puff, ch 2, puff] in that stitch, ch 1* when you get to the final stitch of the row (it’s the top of the ch 2 from previous row) work [puff, ch 2, puff, dc], ch 1, turn (7 shells, 2 half shells)
Row 5: sc in first stitch, ch 2, skip to sc between shells, 3 dc, ch 2, *skip to top of next shell in previous row, sc, ch 2, skip to sc between shells, 3 dc, ch 2* sc in final stitch of row (top of ch 2), ch 1, turn
Row 6: sc in first stitch, *ch 1, skip to center stitch of 3 dc group from previous row, and work [puff, ch 2, puff, ch 2, puff] in that stitch, ch 1, skip to next sc, sc* repeat across, ch 2 (counts as first dc), turn (8 shells)
Your piece should measure 13” wide by 2” tall at the shell tops.
Repeat rows 3-6 until your cover is about ½” to 1” shorter than the Bible or book you are making it for.
Repeat row 3 one more time, then ch 1, turn, and sc in each stitch across (65). I completed 22 rows for my cover.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
You may choose to block your lace at this point, or place the cover on your Bible after you’ve finished the entire piece and let the book do the blocking for you. If you decide to do the later, the cover will be pretty snug, since cotton does stretch with time.
Inside pocket panels, make 2:
Ch 41, (Note: If you have a shorter Bible, you will need to shorten this chain as it is meant to go from top to bottom of the book. The chain count is not particularly important, but check to make sure it is within ½” of the top to bottom measurements after 2 or 3 rows, if it’s not, try a different stitch count. My piece “expanded” after the second row!)
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (40)
Row 2: sc in first stitch and in each remaining stitch across, ch 1, turn (40)
Repeat row 2 20 more times until your panel measures 3 1/2” tall by 9” wide (22 rows). If you want deeper panels, keep repeating until they are as tall as you like.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Lay lace body flat, with front facing down. Place a pocket panel sideways over each end, and crochet them together with sc. Put 3 sc in each corner. Continue to sc around the entire lace piece (represented by pink line), attaching the panels on 3 sides as you go. This will create 2 “pockets”. Do not break yarn!
Note: One thing that helped me was, counting 22 stitches over from the corner of the lace cover, and placing stitch markers (You can find ones just like mine over here) over both pieces of fabric at the points where the pockets were supposed to end to hold them in place. (See picture below)
Row 1: This border is worked in multiples of 2. If your edge stitch count is not divisible by 2, just put an extra stitch (or subtract a stitch) at the end to make it so that it will be in multiples of 2.
ch 1, sc, ch 2, hdc into side of sc, skip stitch *sc, ch 2, hdc into side of sc, skip stitch* repeat around.
Fasten off, and weave in ends.
Cut 3 6-ft lengths of crochet thread. Braid them together to create a cord. Knot the ends. Fray ends. Attach cord to back of Bible cover so it doesn’t get separated. The cord can be used as a book mark while reading. Feel free to make it shorter if you prefer.
Use this cord to wind around your Bible and cover. Tie in a bow or knot.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” -Hebrews 6:19-20 NIV
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