Oh look, I’m here with another pattern-that’s-not-a-pattern because the instructions I write are always wish-washy.
This time it’s for a bookmark, because I like reading and I like crocheting and this little project serves two hobbies at once. (I also like beads and fringe.)
Also, something is wrong with me and I like to have a bookmark that matches the book (especially if it’s a book I love).
**This pattern is written in American English and is free on purpose. If you want to sell what you’ve made from this pattern go for it, but don’t try to sell the goddamn pattern.**
Alright. What you’ll need:
🌿 crochet thread
🌿 a tiny crochet hook (mine’s 2.75mm)
🌿 a few beads (optional)
🌿 a needle that will fit through your beads
This stitch is easily adjustable. Your starting chain just has to be a multiple of 3 +2. I chained 11 (3×3 and +2).
1. Chain 3 more (these ch3’s count as a DC here and throughout) and DC in the fifth ch from the hook. DC in each ch across. (10 DC plus the beginning ch3)
2. Ch3 and turn. Skip 2 stitches (the one your ch3 is taking up and one more), then DC, ch1, DC in the next stitch. *skip 2 st, DC, ch1, DC in the same stitch* Repeat until you have one stitch and the previous row’s turning chain left. Skip the stitch and DC in the top of the turning chain.
3. Ch3 and turn. Put 3 DC’s in each chain space from the previous row, and end with a DC in the turning chain.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired length, ending with a final Row 3. I kept going until I had ten rows of the V stitch.
Ch1 and turn your work horizontally. You’ll be crocheting down the side. Stick two loose sc’s in the edge of each row.
This gives it a nice edge. When you get the end of this side, ch3 (to “turn the corner” and crochet evenly across the bottom. Ch3 and sc up the other side, ch3 and sc across the top. Ch3 to turn the final corner and slip stitch to your first sc. Finish off and weave in ends.
You can stop here if you want. You can block it or starch it. I won’t because I’m lazy as fuck.
Personally, I like to have something poking out the top of the book. Hence I do the beads and tassle.
Cut a piece of your thread about two feet long. (You won’t use this much really, but you want extra.)
Using your crochet hook or your needle, put the thread through the middle two sc’s at the top of your bookmark. Like this:
Thread both the loose ends onto your needle. Your thread needs to be doubled up. Thread your beads on and push them down toward the bookmark.
Tie a knot down close to the last bead, but make sure it’s loose enough that your beads have room to lay over.
Now for the tassle.
Find something to wrap thread around that’s about the same size you want your tassle. A bottle, your phone, your hand, it doesn’t matter. Wrap it 50 times.
(I’m using a little sewing needle case.) Cut the thread and snip all the way through one side of your 50 wraps. This leaves you with 50 pieces of thread that are roughly the same size.
Knot your tassle strips together with the two pieces of thread you’ve got your beads on.
Tie it tightly right in the middle. Then fold your tassle pieces in half.
Using the threads you tied the bundle of tassle pieces together to the bookmark, knot them hard around all of the tassle pieces. This forms your tassle.
You can do this as carefully or as shittily as you want. As you can see, I’ve demonstrated doing this shittily.
Attach your needle onto your two long threads and tuck them down through the knot so they become part of the tassle.
Trim your tassle nice and even. Or don’t. Um…then I guess use your bookmark.
Or, you know, make another in a different color to match a different book.