Monday, 7 October 2013

Granny Square Bookmark

Peek-a-boo! What is peeping out of this book?


It’s a bookmark made of itty bitty granny squares!


I created this bookmark for someone who doesn’t crochet, whose favourite colour is green, and who is a librarian...and this person sent me the loveliest package of goodies in the post a few days ago...


Thank you so much, dear Suzanne! She knows I love my birdies, and I was very touched indeed to receive such pretties from Mrs. Bramble at Tales from My Craft Room! I will treasure these indeed.

Of course, I could just send a nice thank-you note, but I really wanted to send a little treat as well. So I chose to make her something that she most likely won’t have but hopefully will enjoy!

Would you like to make one? I enjoyed crocheting this with delicate DMC cotton thread and a 2mm hook, and I think I’ll buy some more colours and make some more for the book lovers in my life! Perfect stocking stuffers, or treats for teachers...

Granny Square Bookmark
You need:
DMC Petra Crochet Cotton Perle No. 5 (I used pale mint green and white, bought here)
2mm crochet hook


Method (written in UK terminology):

Using your first colour, ch 4, sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 2 (counts as 1 tr), 2 tr, *ch 2, 3 tr. Repeat from * two more times (four clusters and four corners), sl st to top of ch 2 st. Fasten off.

Round 2: Join in next colour in corner, ch 2 (counts as 1 tr), (2 tr, ch 2, 3 tr) in corner space, *3 tr, ch 2, 3 tr in corner space. Repeat from * in remaining two corner spaces, sl st to top of ch 2 st. Fasten off.

Round 3: Join in next colour in corner, ch 2 (counts as 1 tr), (2 tr, ch 2, 3 tr) in corner space, 3 tr in side space, *(3 tr, ch 2, 3 tr) in corner space, 3 tr in side space*, repeat from * to * twice more, sl st to top of ch 2 st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

This pattern makes one granny square. I made four small squares for this bookmark, with the join-as-you-go (JAYG) method. JAYG is easy once you get the hang of it – you are basically slip stitching the squares together at adjacent stitches. Here is how you do the remaining squares:

Crochet the first two rounds of the next square.

Round 3: Join in next colour in corner, ch 2 (counts as 1 tr), (2 tr, ch 1, sl st to the bottom right corner space in previous square {see photo below} ch 1, 3 tr) in corner space.


Next step: sl st to previous square in the stitch to the right of the side space {see photo below}, 3 tr in side space,


sl st to previous square in the stitch to the left of the side space {see photo below}


(3 tr, ch 1, sl st to the bottom left corner space in the previous square {yep, you guessed it, see photo below} ch 1, 3 tr) in corner space,


3 tr in side space, *(3 tr, ch 2, 3 tr) in corner space, 3 tr in side space, repeat from * on remaining two sides, sl st to ch 2 st.

You should have happy squares joined together!

Edging: Join colour anywhere along one of the long sides of the bookmark, ch 1, *1 dc in each st along the side, 2 dc in corner space (I found that 3 dc in this Cotton Perle made my corners ruffle and fan out, so I changed to 2 dc, but if this causes your bookmark to curl, try 3 dc in the corner and chill out a bit, you’re tension is tight! ;-} ). Repeat from * until you meet back where you joined in your thread, sl st to join. Fasten off and weave in ends. Ta-dah!

Please do get in touch if you try this pattern, show me how it turns out, or if something goes wrong or you're muddled...

Happy crafting!
Chrissie x



16 comments:

  1. Wow Chrissie, you are amazing and so is that bookmark. I am sure that anyone would love to receive such a gift, whether they were a crocheter or not. The pale green is lovely too with the white!

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  2. So sweet Chrissie, and such a lovely little parcel you received too! :) x

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  3. How sweet! I've been wanting to try crocheting with perle cotton; it seems I have to help Santa Claus out by making a teeny, tiny bedspread this year. :)

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  4. Love the bookmark! It is so lovely and the green is such a pretty colour. Lovely little goodies from Suzanne too.
    Marianne xx

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  5. Such a lovely gift to make and to receive - well done once again lovely Chrissie, and also for going to such lengths in writing out the pattern so beautifully. Such a sweet gift from Suzanne - very thoughtful!
    Joy xo

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  6. Lovely bookmark
    Carolx

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  7. Now that is so cute!
    What a lovely friend, such pretty treats.
    love jooles xxx

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  8. Such a sweet little bookmark and I am sure she will be touched. I love the bits she sent you, how very lovely. It seems that both us birds are bird lovers. Thanks for sharing the pattern, lovely job my dear. xoxo

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  9. Hi Chrissie what a lovely gift and so thoughtful. I just shows how we can take something very small and create a special treasure. What a lovely idea - love your gifts they are so nice and thoughtful. A lovely post as always Chrissie, thanks so much. Big hugs
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  10. Thank you for the pattern, it's a great idea. I'm in a book club and they would make great gifts.
    S xx

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  11. I adore all things granny, what a lovely bookmark

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  12. What a brilliant idea for a gift. I've made scarves this way but never a bookmark. x

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  13. I like crocheting with fine threads like you've used. The granny square book mark turned out very nicely :-)

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  14. What a lovely idea to crochet a little bookmark! I love the sweet gifts you received too:)
    Helen x

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  15. Hello Chrissie, I've received the bookmark so could read the post about it today! Thank you so much for the bookmark and for making something so thoughtful just for me - I am in awe of those tiny, perfect stitches. I shall do a show and tell over the weekend (I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of little bookmarks appearing in blogland after such a fab tutorial!). XXX

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  16. It's a lovely bookmark! With beautiful colors!
    Have a great week,
    Tammy

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