Workshop@home: Budding leaf bookmark

I know that during the shelter-in-place orders, I’ve been doing A LOT of reading, and I’m guessing many of you have too. But don’t you just hate it when you put down a book, then come back later only to realize you’ve forgotten where you left off? Well today’s craft, a cute crocheted leaf bookmark from the crocheting blog Tying an End, is the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon while making sure you’ll never lose your place again!

Materials List

  • 1 ball of light Green yarn
  • US 7/4.5mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker (optional)
  • Brown bead (optional)

Crocheting abbreviations

  • CH – chain stitch
  • SC – single crochet
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  • TR – treble crochet
  • YOH – yarn over hook
  • SL ST – slip stitch

Instructions

1. First, chain 15 stitches with your crochet hook.

2. Next, with a new piece of yarn, slip stitch in the 7th chain from the original start of your ch15. Half double crochet in the same stitch. Working from right to left as you normally would, double crochet in the next stitch.

stitch1

3. Next, treble crochet into the next two stitches, then double crochet. Half double crochet, and then in the last stitch, single crochet, chain 1, single crochet.

stitch2

4. Working into the bottom of the original chain, half double crochet. Double crochet in the next stitch, then treble crochet into the next two stitches. Double crochet, then half double crochet. In the same stitch, slip stitch. Make another slip stitch in the next stitch (8th from the end) to complete the first leaf!

stitch3

5. Now, insert a hook into the next stitch (8th CH). Yarn over hook and draw up a loop. Insert a hook into the next stitch. Yarn over hook again and draw up a loop. Do the same for the next 3 loops on hook.

stitch4

6. Pull a loop about 25″ long. Align the working yarn to 25″, then cut it.

7. Great, you’re almost done! Tie a knot with all 3 strands, making sure to overlap the previous knot. Once you’ve made the first knot, make two more.

stitch5

8. Congratulations! You’ve now got a cute, homemade bookmark that you can be proud of! If you want, you can put a bead on the end of the stem, tying a knot and cutting the excess yarn.

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