Beginner Crochet Project
This is a perfect project for someone just learning to crochet — easy and short.
A very simple bookmark.
You need to know how to:
- Chain stitch
- Single crochet
- Half double crochet
If you need help with any of these things, YouTube is a great resource. Just do a search for beginner crochet. There must be thousands of videos on there. Here is a link to one I found particularly helpful. Learn How To Crochet Right Handed Part 1 and Part 2. There are versions for left handed folks, as well.
Ok, to make our basic little bookmark, you will need yarn, crochet hook, yarn needle, scissors.
For this pattern, I used a worsted weight acrylic yarn and a size H hook. I wouldn’t recommend yarn much heavier than that or your bookmark will be too bulky.
The pattern is pretty simple. Chain 7. In second chain from the hook, single crochet. Single crochet in each of the remaining chains. You should have 6 single crochet. Chain 2.
Turn your work and half double crochet in each of the stitches across. Chain 2. Turn.
Repeat this row until your work is about 10″ long. This was 25 rows.
At the end of Row 25, chain 1. Turn
Single crochet in each stitch across. When you reach the end of the row, cut your working yarn, leaving a piece about 4-6″ long. Pull that all the way through the loop on your hook and pull tight. Weave the ends into your work and cut off any excess.
You can make the bookmark any length you want. This one is sized for most standard paperback books.
If your work curls or twists, you can block it to make it lay flat. Just wet it and squeeze out any excess water. Don’t wring it! Lay flat to dry. If you need to, use something heavy like an old book to help flatten it. It should dry overnight.
Whether or not to embellish the ends is totally up to you. I used some trim left over from another project on my pattern piece. One I left plain. On another, I made fringe at each end. It kind of looks like a neck scarf for Barbie! Be creative. I’d love to see some pictures of your finished project. Post them on my Facebook page.
Next up in the “I Really Don’t Like Winter” series: crochet sachets. Another pretty simple pattern.
See you next time!