Love Reading? The Elegant Bookmark (s) are a must!
Are you an avid reader? Is someone you know? If so, you can’t go wrong with making a bookmark.
My daughter seems to think books are like WIPs – it’s fine to have 6 books on the go! It drives me bonkers just thinking about it. In this she is definitely like her Daddy. So consequently, I am always making bookmarks for her.
Yes, you guessed it, I am a one book at a time and one WIP at a time kinda person! What about you?
Whenever I do try to make a bookmark for myself Jorja uses it, takes it to school and then comes back with orders for 6 more! (Let me be clear here – I don’t charge them anything for them!)
A Great Gift Idea
I actually don’t mind making bookmarks for all of her friends or class. They are great gifts and if it encourages them to read a little more then I am all for it! It is also a fabulous opportunity to use my scraps or try out a hand dyed mini skein. My local yarn shop has her own beautiful hand dyed yarns and I can get a mini skein for less than £4. I get 3 bookmarks out of them (usually).
This year I made a resolution – I want to read more. I love reading but my crochet seems to be getting in the way of that, even on an evening. So these patterns were designed for me really!
I love that this set has an obviously feminine bookmark AND a unisex bookmark – yes you get BOTH patterns in the PDF.
What type of books do you like to read?
I love historical fiction (especially Phillipa Gregory) and some legal crime books (think John Grisham and Karin Slaughter). Recently I bit the bullet and read the Tattooist of Auschwitz – it has been sitting on my shelf for almost 2 years taunting me but I was scared that it might make me feel sad and cry! I immediately read Cilka’s Journey (the follow up book) and have 2 more similar books sitting waiting for their turn to be read.
Shop your stash for 4ply (Sock / Sport weight) yarns and check out the free bookmark pattern below!
You can also use #3 weight yarns (DK), but remember that your bookmarks will be wider and a little thicker. That’s usually not an issue though.
PDF Pattern Links
NOTE: If you are here for the Fireside Comforts event these links WILL NOT get you the free pdf download! Keep scrolling and click the special event button!
- any 4 ply or fingering weight yarn … approximately 27 metres
- 3mm hook
- Stitch markers (optional)
Gauge is not important for this project as long as you are consistent in your tension.
Sizing of your bookmark
If you use 4 ply or fingering weight yarn your bookmark will be approximately 1.25’’ wide by as tall as you want it! Mine are about 8’’ tall.
- CH – chain
- CH sp – chain space
- St / sts – stitch / stitches
- Sk – skip
- SC – Single Crochet
- DC – double crochet
- Rep – repeat
- FO – fasten off
- Written in US terms
- This pattern is reversible
- Ch’s at the start of the row do count as a st unless specifically stated otherwise.
- You can embellish these any way you like – with tassels, buttons, fringe etc.
Foundation Single crochet
Foundation stitches give a better finish to your projects. You can find our video tutorials on how to work these stitches at:
The Pattern for the Turquoise bookmark:
Row 1: FSC 12
CH13, sc in second CH from hook and each st across (12)
you have 2 sts left, sk 1, sc in the last st.
Rows 3: CH1, turn, DC in first st, *sk1, [SC, DC] in next st*
(Note: you will be working the [SC, DC] into the SC stitches from the
Rep from * to * until you have 2 sts left, sk 1, sc in the last st.
Rows 4 – 45: Rep row 3
Row 46: CH1, turn, sc in each st across.
Fasten off and sew in ends, embellish any way you want to with tassels, fringe etc.
The Lacy bookmark is available on the PDF Pattern.