Just for a fun, a little lace bookmark

This past weekend I was going through all my stash and disposing of all those little bits and pieces of yarn that I seem to hold on to for whatever reason.  During this stashing cleaning, I came across a bit of leftover Elsebeth Lavold’s Hempathy and thought it might make a fun little bookmark.


For someone who has been apprehensive in trying a lace pattern, this little beauty is for you.

By using a basic increase and decrease method, you end up with points at the top and bottom of the book mark, and by using yarn-overs and decreases, you learn how to create a simple lace pattern.

This pattern is not brilliant and I’m sure there’s one similar out there but here you go and I hope you enjoy!




K = Knit
P = Purl
K1FB = Knit one stitch front and back in the same loop (Click here for a how to video on YouTube)
K2TOG = Knit two stitches together
S1,K1, PSSO = Slip one stitch knit wise, knit one stitch and pass the slipped stitch over

Top Border:  Cast on 3 stitches

Row 1 and all odd rows:  Knit
Row 2:    K1FB, K1,  K1FB = 5 sts
Row 4:    K1FB, K3, K1FB = 7 sts
Row 6:    K1FB, K5, K1FB = 9 sts
Row 8:    K1FB, K7, K1FB = 11 sts
Row 10: K1FB, K9, K1FB = 13 sts
Row 11:  Knit
Knit 4 rows


Row 1 (rs) :  Knit
Row 2 (ws)  and all even rows:  K2, P9, K2
Row 3 (rs):   K2, KTOG, K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, S1,K1, PSSO, K2
Row 5 (ws):  K3, K2TOG, YO, K3, YO, S1, K1, PSSO, K3
Row 6 (ws):  K2, P9, K2
Repeat rows 1 – 6  5 more times or until desired length.

Bottom Border:

Row 1 and all odd rows:  Knit
Row 2:     K1, K2TOG, K7, S1, K1, PSSO, K1  =  11 sts
Row 4:     K1, K2TOG, K5, S1, K1, PSSO, K1  =   9 sts
Row 6:     K1, K2TOG, K3, S1, K1, PSSO, K1  =   7 sts
Row 8:     K1, K2TOG, K1, S1, K1, PSSO, K1  =   5 sts
Row 10:  K2TOG, K1, S1, K1, PSSO  = 3 sts
Row 11:   S1, K2TOG, PSSO = 1 st

Break yarn, pull through loop and cinch up tight; weave in all ends.  Gently block and use!

This project would also be fun to use beads with or create a tassel by not breaking the yarn, but continuing with an I-Cord at the end and then add a tassel.

Hope you enjoy and have fun making a bookmark today!

18 thoughts on “Just for a fun, a little lace bookmark

  1. andraghici

    This is a lovely pattern. I will take some knitting with me when I fly to
    LA next week from Philly. I hope I can do some on the plane. My sister decided she want to drive East for her vacation this year so I will make sure I have knitting with me.
    Thank you so much for your posts. I am getting a lot of good ideas and appreciate the knowledge you are sharing with us.

  2. Bonny

    Tina, this little pattern is so pretty! For a book hound like me there are never enough bookmarks around.

    Another thing you can do with a few yards of left over yarn, especially the prettier hand dyed ones is to make knitted necklaces or bracelts. You can do lace in these items as well, or plain garter, add some beads and an interesting clasp amd voilá! A new chic piece perfect for summer tops, and T-shirts :)

    1. Tina Post author

      What a great idea Bonny ~ I never would have thought about those projects … thanks for sharing :)

  3. Col @ Col Reads

    Just wanted to let you know that I made this bookmark for my book-blogging Secret Santa (with an added I-cord and tassel, as you suggested), and it was a big hit. Thanks for sharing it!

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