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25 Free Crochet Bookmark Patterns

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Looking for a quick, easy project that’s practical, too? You can never have too many bookmarks! In this list of free crochet bookmark patterns, you’ll find all kinds of inspiring ideas for holding your spot in your current read. Enjoy!

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Free Crochet Bookmark Patterns

Whether you’re looking for a project to keep for yourself or you need a quick gift idea, crochet bookmarks always come in handy! Unlike paper bookmarks that are easily bent and often seem to get lost, crochet bookmarks can be used over and over. Plus, their pretty patterns add that extra charm to your reading hours. 

In this list of free bookmark patterns, you’ll find everything from elegant floral designs to whimsical creatures, sophisticated crosses, and delicate lacework. There are patterns for beginners all the way through advanced crocheters, too – something for everyone! 

25 Free Crochet Bookmark Patterns

Check out these free crochet bookmark patterns for your next project. Happy crocheting!

Why Make Crochet Bookmarks?

You may not have thought of a bookmark when searching for the perfect crochet project, but they check so many boxes! 

Quick to make. Crochet bookmarks are a fast, fun project that can often be made in just a half hour or less. 

Practical. We all need to save our place in a book from time to time, so crochet bookmarks are practical and handy for nearly anyone. 

Skill building. Bookmarks are also a great way to build your crochet skills by trying out new stitches.

If you don’t need a bookmark for yourself, they’re also excellent for giving as gifts to a friend, teacher, or classmates. Or, make a collection to sell at craft sales! If you want to give an extra thoughtful gift, wrap your handmade bookmark up with a favorite book to gift to a friend or loved one.

Supplies You’ll Need

Before we get started, let’s talk materials. You’ll need:

  • Yarn – more on this below.
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Other notions (stitch markers, embroidery thread, pompom, fiberfill, button, etc.)

Check your pattern’s supplies list to find out exactly what you’ll need to have on hand for your bookmark.

What type of yarn is best? 

For bookmarks, we want relatively thin yarn. Lightweight yarns, such as DK, sport, fingering, and even crochet thread, are the best choices for crocheting bookmarks. In contrast, bulky yarns create a thick bookmark that can cause your book to pop open too much or even bend its spine. 

Some of our favorite yarns for crochet bookmarks include Patons Grace, Scheepjes Cotton 8, Lion Brand Bonbons, and Stylecraft Special DK.

Crochet Techniques

Some crochet bookmark patterns can be complex, but others are perfect for beginners. Some of the most common techniques you might need to know for your bookmark include:

More complex patterns may introduce you to special stitches such as:

If these stitches are new to you, work some practice rows before beginning on your pattern.

Is a bookmark a good beginner project? 

Crochet bookmarks can be excellent beginner projects, thanks to their small size! Just be sure to choose a pattern that matches your skill level. 

Some of the best easy crochet bookmark patterns for beginners include the Simple Daisy Bookmark (#1), Sunflower Book Marker (#17), and the Rectangle Granny (#18).

Intermediate and advanced crocheters may prefer the challenge of patterns made with thin yarn or thread, and intricate designs.

Tips and Tricks

Here are a couple of tips to consider:

Choose a pattern that fits your skill level.

Before jumping into a bookmark pattern, double-check that you understand the skills required for the pattern. Although bookmarks can be a super quick project, they can also be frustrating if you choose an overly difficult pattern.

A number of crochet bookmarks are made with fingering yarn or thread. Thin yarns and threads can be more challenging to work with, so if you haven’t crocheted with this type of material already, you may want to practice before starting on your bookmark.

Block your finished bookmark.

After you’re finished crocheting, consider blocking your bookmark to help it hold its shape. There are a few different methods for blocking, but the basic idea requires wetting your project while it’s in the proper shape and then letting it dry. 

Consider using laundry starch spray to stiffen your bookmark.

Starching is an effective way to help projects such as lacy bookmarks or doilies hold their shape. You can find laundry starch online or in the laundry section of your grocery store. 

After spraying, you can either press your bookmark with a warm iron (press on the wrong side and be sure to add another piece of fabric in between) or pin it into position.

More Crochet Patterns

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this list of easy crochet bookmark patterns. For even more crochet ideas, check out these related posts.

photo collage of a crochet bookmark on a book,  a rainbow crochet bookmark, and crochet bookmark on a book, and a photo of several ribbon-shaped crochet bookmarks, with text overlay that reads, "25+ Free Crochet Bookmark Patter s."

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Zola M. Sherman

Saturday 5th of August 2023

I was wondering if Sugar and Cream is too heavy to make the Birgitta's Bookmark. I have some of that.