An intermediate pattern, I wrote this cross bookmark pattern because I didn’t like the ornate, long, and seemingly complicated cross bookmark patterns I was finding in books. I am a really good crocheter, but I am NOT a very good at thread crocheting. (Or maybe I don’t have the patience for some of the patterns….) This pattern is so much easier to work up than others I’ve come across. If you exclude the starching part, (with fabric stiffener) you could probably finish one of these up in one to three hours.
I make these bookmarks for gifts for friends and relatives. The size 10 thread color in the photos is a pastel mix, and I made this bookmark for an Easter basket.
If you are a good crocheter, I would call this an easy pattern. If you are a new to crochet, this pattern may seem complicated, but it has all the standard language of a regular pattern, just using small thread. I have not tried to make this pattern using regular yarn, and I figured it wouldn’t be used as a bookmark at that point. If I did, I would probably use a size G or H crochet hook.
A tassel could be added to the end if you would like and/or a ribbon tied to the top. (No picture, but please use your imagination!
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Step 1: Materials & Pattern
• Size 7 crochet hook
• Size 10 Thread, any color
• Scissors, embroidery needle
• Iron and it’s accessories
• Optional to starch bookmark with spray or fabric stiffener
• Optional embellishments such as matching ribbon
• cluster = Chain 3, dc in the 3rd ch from hook
• Be careful not to twist chains or work as project gets bigger, especially on Round 2.
• Gauge is not important. The size in the photos ends up being just over 5-1/4-inches long.
Round 1: (Chain 3, dc in the 3rd ch from hook) 4 times; join with a slip st in very first ch.
Round 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, ch 15, sl st in 15th ch from hook, (*ch 3, 2 dc in same st, sc over outside ch 3 of next cluster, 3 dc between clusters,* ch 15, sl st in 15th ch from hook) twice, repeat from * to * once more;
Base: ch 28, sl st in 15th ch from hook, (ch 6, skip next 6 ch, sl st in next ch) twice, 3 dc in same st between clusters, sc over outside ch 3 of next cluster, sl st in top of first ch 3.
Round 3: Sl st in top of next 2 dc and into loop, *(ch 3, 2 dc, sl st in loop) 7 times, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, sl st into next loop, * repeat from * to * two more times;
Base: **(ch 3, 2 dc, sl st) 3 times in same loop, sc in between loops, sl st into next loop, ** repeat from ** to ** once, (ch 3, 2 dc, sl st) 7 times in the next loop, sc in between loops, sl st into the next loop, repeat from ** to ** once, (ch 3, 2 dc, sl st) 3 times in last loop, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, sl st into first loop.
Step 2: Finish the Project:
Weave in all loose ends and trim excess thread.
Before ironing, stretch and shape the cross. Iron on cotton setting. You can optionally spray with a light coat of fabric stiffener before ironing. Wait about 10-minutes for the starch to permeate into the yarn before ironing.
Optionally add embellishments such as a ribbon at the top or a tassel at the bottom.
I hope you love it just as much as I do!