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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Summer Book Mark


Today I'm reposting a popular bookmark pattern I made last summer. It's perfect for your warm weather crochet itch! And with the join as you go method you don't have to worry about sewing anything together!

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This project is a cute Flower Motif bookmark. The motifs are joined as you go so there's no need to go back and sew them together, although you could certainly do that if you're so inclined. The bookmark was made with a 7" to 8" long book in mind. It also lies flat and has an optional tail and tassel for some added whimsy.





Gather your supplies and let's get started!

Materials:

  • #10 crochet thread in your choice of color
  • size  4/2.00 MM crochet hook (it's small)
  • scissors
  • needle for weaving in the ends

Stitches used: (American terms - converter)

  • Magic Circle starting technique (optional)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Chain (ch)
  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Double Crochet (dc)

Notes:

  • This pattern uses a join-as-you-go method for attaching the flowers together. You can also make the flowers separately and then sew them together if you like.
  • Work over the tails as you go.


Begin pattern:

R1: Magic Circle, ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc 11 more times in the Circle. Pull the tail tight. Join to first dc with sl st. (12 dc)


{Alternate starting method: Chain 4 and join with a sl st to make a circle. Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc 11 more times in circle. Join to first dc with a sl st. (12 dc)}

R2: Ch 3, dc in same as ch 3; ch 2; 2 dc in same space (this should look like a different kind of V stitch). *Skip next stitch, {2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc} in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Join to first dc with a sl st.

R3: Sl st to next ch 2 space and ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc all in the ch 2 space of previous row. Skip the next 2 dc, SC in the opening created by the dc's of previous row. (See Pic). *{3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc} all in next ch 2 space, sc in opening created by dc's of previous row. Repeat from * around. Join to first dc with a sl st. Tie off and weave in ends.




That's it for the flower motif. Now to get them joined together use the following method:

Joining:
When you get to where you have 2 petals left to crochet (pic):

1. Do the first set of 3 dc in the space indicated.


Two petals left to complete. Time to Join!

2. Hold the working flower and the finished flower back to back (wrong sides together) go through the ch 2 space of the finished flower and pull up a loop, sl st, ch 1, finish with 3 dc in the same space as last 3 dc.


Hold the flowers wrong sides together


Go through the ch 2 space of the finished flower.
Pull up a loop, and sl st. Then ch 1.


Finish the petal of the working flower by
completing the remaining 3 dc stitches
in the same space.

3. SC in the opening created by the dc's of previous row.

4. 3 dc in the next ch 2 space, go through the ch 2 space of the finished flower and pull up a loop, sl st, ch 1, finish with 3 dc in the same space as last 3 dc.

5. SC in the opening created by the dc's of previous row.

6. Join to first dc and tie off. Weave in ends.


Joining 5 motifs together will give you a
book mark approximately 8" long. 



You can stop here if you're happy with the way it looks. You can add more motifs if you want it longer. The length is entirely up to you.

To add the tail and tassel:

Pick one end of your bookmark to attach your yarn.

1. With right side facing you, attach your yarn in the sc stitch between two petals.

2. Ch 3, (remember this is still the first dc stitch), 2 dc in same space. Ch 2, 3 dc in same space. Turn, sl st to ch 2 space. 

3. *Ch 3, 2 dc in same space. Ch 2, 3 dc in same space. Turn, sl st to ch 2 space. 

4. Repeat from * until your tail has 5 sections. (pic)




Now, you can call this one finished as well. It's your bookmark. But I added a tassel, just a bit of whimsical flair to hang from the bottom (or top) of my book.


Click this link for a video tutorial on how to make a tassel.

Attach tassel to the last ch 2 space of your tail with a tether 3 to 5 chs long. Be sure to trim off any long ends from the tassel.



And you're finished! You now have a lovely bookmark to keep or gift. 

I hope you enjoyed making this project.
You're always welcome to share your finished projects
with me on my Facebook page at Crochet2002.
And, I love comments! So add them to this post as well =D

Have a great week!
Peace and Blessings,
~~Karen~~


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