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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Granny Square Bookmark

I like books. Actual paper or cardboard books that I can hold in my hands. There's just something about holding a paper book that makes me happy. I do have several dozen books on Kindle that I read but I always prefer to hold a real book.

And I've used several things as bookmarks as well. From dollar bills to scraps of my store list to receipts to dog-earring the corners of the page. My preference? Crochet of course!

I have a couple of bookmarks available on the blog (here and here and here) and also available on Ravelry (here). But I'm making a new one and sharing it with you!





This pattern is available as a PDF download from Ravelry.
Click here to be taken to the pattern.



Granny Square Bookmark

Materials:


  • #10 crochet thread
  • size B/1-2.25MM crochet hook
  • scissors
  • embroidery needle for weaving in the ends
Stitches Used:

  • Double Crochet - DC
  • Chain - Ch
  • Slip Stitch - Sl St
Notes:
Chain 3 counts as first DC throughout pattern.
Weave in ends and cut tails at the end of each square.

Begin:
1st Granny SquareRow 1 - Ch 5 and join to form a circle, ch 3, 2 dc in circle, ch 2. *3 dc in circle, ch 2. Repeat from * two more times. Join to first dc with sl st, ch 3 and turn. (You should have 4 sets of 3dc and 4 sets of ch 2 spaces that make the corners of the square.)

Row 2 - 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space. Ch 1. *3dc, ch 2, 3dc, in ch 2 space, ch 1. Repeat from * around. Join to first dc with sl st, ch 3, turn.

Row 3 - 2 dc in ch 1 space, ch 1. *3dc, ch 2, 3dc in ch 2 space, ch 1. 3dc in ch 1 space, ch 1. Repeat from * around. Join to first dc with sl st. Secure and tie off, cut yarn.

Finished Square 1

Squares 2 - 5

Row 1 - Ch 5 and join to form a circle, ch 3, 2 dc in circle, ch 2. *3 dc in circle, ch 2. Repeat from * two more times. Join to first dc with sl st, ch 3 and turn.

Row 2 - 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space. Ch 1. *3dc, ch 2, 3dc in ch 2 space, ch 1. Repeat from * around. Join to first dc with sl st, ch 3, turn.

Row 3 - 2 dc in ch 1 space, ch 1. 3dc in ch 2 space.
             [Begin join as you go method]
             ch 1, sl st to any ch 2 space of first square
             (Put wrong sides together to make sure they look the same
             throughout the pattern)
             3dc in ch 2 space of the working square
             ch 1, sl st to ch 1 space of first square
             3dc in ch 1 space of working square
             ch 1, sl st to ch 1 space of first square
             3dc in ch 2 space of working square
             sl st to ch 2 space of first square
             ch 1, 3dc in ch 2 space of working square
             Finish square as noted for square one.

Connecting the corner to the first square
This is the slip stitch joining

Completed first corner and it's
connection to the first square

Connect 5 squares together and block using your preferred method. I use warm water to soak the piece and press the water out using paper towels (do not wring the crochet work, it pulls your stitches out of true shape).


Be sure to use stainless steel pins so you don't get any rust on your crochet work. You can use a foam mat like shown here (I think that's the letter N - lol) or you can use a folded towel as long as it will hold the shape you're trying to achieve. I've also used cardboard boxes but I place a paper towel under my work before pinning.

Let dry for 4 to 24 hours - the longer you let it dry the better shape you'll achieve. Once dry you've got a beautiful bookmark!

Here's hoping your piece comes out looking great!

Peace and blessings,
~~Karen~~


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