A very simple bookmark knitting pattern suitable for beginners with step by step written instructions
Are you looking for a simple knitting pattern you can easily finish in one afternoon? Something easy and suitable for beginners? Then this knitted bookmark might be perfect for you!
I designed it using only 3 basic stitches but tried to use them in very smart ways so you end up with something that doesn’t shout “beginner project” from three miles away (check out Victorian Patience book pattern in case you want something much more advanced).
In fact, this knitted bookmark could be classified as a lace project because it follows those basic principles. And thus, it could be a fun and easy way to open up the beautiful world of lace knitting – without being complicated. Big promise.
You will need to know:
If you don’t know one or more of these stitches yet, kindly go through my free knitting school or click on the links, and catch up. I promise, it’s worth it and all these stitches are super simple!
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Materials you will need:
Now, here’s the bad news. You can’t knit bookmarks with worsted yarn. Your finished project would end up way too thick and you really don’t want to stretch the spines of your books too much. I really recommend you stick to a nice lace-weight yarn or a fine sock yarn.
- 5-10 grams of lace yarn (so you really just need some scraps).
- double-pointed knitting needles size 2.00 mm. I am using the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz b here.
- A tapestry needle and scissors.
Instructions for the knitted bookmark
I try to keep these written instructions as simple and basic as possible. Still, kindly read this tutorial on how to read knitting patterns in case you need to catch up.
- Cast on 16 stitches using a longtail cast on and leaving a tail of 6 inches for weaving in later on
- Rows 1-2: knit across
- Row 3: knit 2, yarn over, knit two together, knit 8, knit two together, yarn over, knit 2
- Row 4: knit
- Row 5: k3, yo, k2tog, k6, k2tog, yo, k3
- Row 6: knit
- Row 7: k4, yo, k2tog, k4, k2tog, yo, k4
- Row 8: knit
- Row 9: k5, yo, k2tog, k2, k2tog, yo, k5
- Row 10: knit
- Row 11: k6, yo, k2tog, k2tog, yo, k6
- Row 12: knit
- Row 13: k8, yo, k2tog, k6
- Row 14: knit
- Repeat rows 3-14 until you reached the desired length
If you look closely at my pictures, you can see that I repeated the arrow pattern 7 times before I started with the tip. But depending on your personal preferences (and the typical size of your books) you may want to create a longer or shorter bookmark.
Once you are satisfied, we need to create the tip.
- Row 1: k2, yo, k2tog, k8, k2tog, yo, k2 (16 stitches)
- Row 3: knit
- Row 4: k3, yo, k2tog, k6, k2tog, yo, k3
- Row 5: knit
- Row 6: k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k4, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog (14 stitches)
- Row 7: knit
- Row 8: k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog (12 stitches)
- Row 10: knit
- Row 11: k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog (10 stitches)
- Row 12: knit
- Row 13: k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, k2, k2tog (8 stitches)
- Row 14: knit
- Row 15: k2tog, k4, k2tog (6 stitches)
- Row 16: knit
- Row 17: k2tog, k2, k2tog (4 stitches)
- Row 18: knit
From here, you need to start working on the tassel. If you don’t want the tassel, you could decrease for one more row (optional row 19: k2tog, k2tog), cut the working yarn, and pull the yarn through those last two stitches with a tapestry needle.
The cord of the tassel is created using the ingenious i-cord method. Read this tutorial on how to knit an i-cord. But it basically boils down to:
- Row 1: Knit
- Row 2: Slide the stitches to the other end of your needle, and knit across without turning your project around
- repeat rows1+2 over and over again
Once you are satisfied with the length of your i-cord, cut the working yarn leaving a tail of around 8 inches, thread the tail on a tapestry needle, and pull the yarn through the remaining stitches and then pull tight.
To create the tassel, wrap yarn around your hand quite a couple of times (30ish) and create a stack of loops. Then, sew it to the end of your bookmark by going around it a couple of times (pull tight as you go) and squeezing in a knot through the end of the i-cord.
And then, bring the yarn through the top of the stack and wrap it around it a couple of times to secure it. Sew through it three or four times, and then hide the rest of the tail inside the tassel.
Use your scissors to cut open the bottom of your loop of yarn and trim the tassel to your preferred length.
And last, but certainly not least, you need to weave in the cast on tail. In this case, I went right through the edge. What you could also do is, you can pick up the cast on tail and knit with two strands of yarn for the first row. Then you can simply cut away the part that is still dangling down once you are finished.
And that’s it! You finished my easy knitted bookmark for beginners. Okay, that’s a lie. So, please read on.
Now, don’t be scared. I also compiled a chart with the very same instructions. Read this tutorial on how to read charts the right way. Naturally, it totally boils down to your personal preferences. But if you are more a visual person, then I thought you might appreciate a chart on top of the written instructions.
Important last step: Blocking your bookmark
Now, that you finished knitting, you might notice that your project probably looks nothing like the one in my pictures. It’s probably a bit crumbled and wonky. Before you call me a cheater, kindly listen. Even if this was just the most basic and simple lace pattern, you still need to block it.
This means you have to gently soak it in lukewarm water for 20-30 minutes. Then, wring it out really gently between a towel, and pin it to a soft surface (like a towel on a carpet). Avoid overstretching. Just pin it into a nice shape and use a lot of pins so you don’t get spikey edges.
And once your bookmark is dry, you can remove the pins, and it is ready to be used. To me, the blocking process almost feels a bit like magic when you apply it to lace. Before it looks like an unsightly something, and then it turns into this dainty delicate loveliness.
I really hope you had fun knitting this pattern. Maybe you even learned a new technique? If you did! Be proud of yourself. Oh, and remember to subscribe to my newsletter in case you want regular free patterns like this one in your inbox.