Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wrapped-Up Bookmark

This cute crocheted bookmark wraps around the outside of the book to help you keep your place. The best part? - It won’t slide out of your book like a traditional bookmark can.

Difficultly Level:
Late Beginner - Intermediate

A small amount of size 5 crochet cotton thread
Five beads that tickle your fancy (the bead itself should be about 1 cm. in diameter)
A needle to string the beads with (if you need one)
A size E crochet hook


The beaded closure:

String your five beads onto the thread
Ch. 4
Row 1: Sc in second chain from hook and each ch. across (3 sc). Turn.
Row 2: Ch. 1, sc in 1st sc., slide up the first bead, 2 sc in next two sc (3 sc and 1 bead). Turn.
Rows 3-5: Ch.1, Sc in each sc across (3 sc). Turn.
Repeat rows 2-5 until you have one bead left.
Repeat row 2 and then row 3 one more time.
Move on to creating the body of the bookmark…
Note: All of your beads should be on the same side. This is the right side of the bookmark.

Start the body of the bookmark:
Row 1: Ch. 1, 2 sc in first sc. 1 sc. in each sc across (4 sc). Turn.
Repeat row 1 until there are 9 sc,
Row 2: Ch. 3, work 1 dc in every sc to the end (9 dc). Turn.
Row 3: Ch. 3, *skip two dc and work {1 dc, ch. 1, 1 dc} in next dc* - repeat ** once more. End with a dc in the top of the beginning chain from previous row. Turn.
Row 4: Ch. 3 (counts as a dc) *3 dc in ch.1 loop of previous row,* repeat ** once, 1 dc in top of the beginning chain of previous row (8 dc).
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until the bookmark is approximately 23” long, or until it reaches the desired length. Move on to create the bead loop…

Bead Loop:
Row 1: Sc decrease across the first two sc. Sc. to the end (7 sc.) Turn.
Repeat row 1 until there are three sc. left. Turn.
Ch. 6, join with a sl. st. to the last sc.

Tie off, weave in ends, block (I recommend using a steam iron), and enjoy!