A slim and stylish bookmark featuring one of my favourite stitches, the large X-stitch. I designed this with a straight and firm edging so that in addition to marking your page when you’re not reading, it can also be held under the line you’re reading to help with tracking. I found a bookmark handy for that reason when I used to read on my rather bouncy London bus commute to work and my children both found it helpful when learning.
I made the pink version during one of my livestreams on Twitch. The easy pattern meant I could chat with those watching without making mistakes, so I think it could be a great project to take to craft group or anywhere else that you’ll want to craft and chat at the same time. I was also able to create a video from the livestream’s recording so you’ll have clips from that to help you too.
The green one I made in Scheepjes Sweet Treat and a 1.25 mm hook worked up at 17.5cm before adding the tassel.
The pink one I made in a US #10 crochet thread with a 1.5 mm hook worked up at 21cm before adding the tassel.
Yarn: 15m Scheepjes Sweet Treat or similar US #10 cotton crochet thread. You could also use embroidery thread if that’s easier to find or try it in thin yarn. Just choose a hook that suits the yarn and gives it a firm but lacy appearance
Hook: 1.25mm-1.5mm (US Steel Hook size 8-10)
Sewing needle and scissors
Piece of card or similar about 8cm wide to form tassel (I used my phone!)
Stitch marker or scrap of waste yarn/thread to hold the tassel.
I include some customisation tips in the pattern, e.g. using contrast colour for the centre row of X-sts and how to adjust the length easily to suit your preference.
This pattern is shown in both US and UK terms, so you can follow your preferred terminology.