The catalytic reaction of platinum during a hydrogen etching process has been used to perform controlled vertical nanopatterning of silicon carbide substrates. A first set of experiments was performed with platinum powder randomly distributed on the SiC surface. Subsequent hydrogen etching in a hot wall reactor caused local atomic hydrogen production at the catalyst resulting in local SiC etching and hole formation. Secondly, a highly regular and monosized distribution of Pt was obtained by sputter deposition of Pt through an Au membrane serving as a contact mask. After the lift-off of the mask, the hydrogen etching revealed the onset of well-controlled vertical patterned holes on the SiC surface.