Love & Kisses Beaded Bookmark
Pattern Update: Noticed some errata! No biggie; pics explain it all. Anyway, it’s all fixed now (12/09/09). Corrected PDF: Love and Kisses Beaded Bookmark.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this Love (the heart) & Kisses (the X in the center) Bookmark is the perfect gift for all the book lovers you love!
Supplies: Crochet thread, size 6 steel crochet hook, one large and one small glass bead (both of which need to have center holes large enough to feed the thread), and a needle with a large-ish eye.
Directions: Chain 11.
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as first dc now and throughout). Dc across. (9 dc).
Row 2 & 3: Ch 3, turn, dc in next 2 dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in remaining 3 dc.
Row 4: Ch 3, turn, dc in first 2 dc, dc in ch 1 space, dc in next dc, dc in ch 1 space, dc in remaining sts. DO NOT TURN at end of row.
Work 10 tc at the edge between the 2nd and 3rd rows, as shown below.
Work sl st at corner, as shown below.
Work 10 tc in fourth stitch from hook, as shown below.
Sl st at corner and evenly along this side to heart’s point.
Ch 82. Unwind about 7 times the length of the bookmark’s ‘tail’.
String a larger bead, followed by a smaller bead. After drawing the thread through the smaller bead, draw it up through the larger bead, as shown below. (You could also skip this step and sc up the tail and tie on a bead when you’re done.)
Make sure your hook is in place at the last chain made (so as not to undo your chains) and pull the thread taught to get the beads snug against the bottom of the tail.
Sc up the tail.
Sl st at the heart’s point. Weave in ends.
I’d suggest stiffening the heart bit with fabric stiffener, making sure the branches of the X are nice and even so the recipient notices the ‘kiss’!