10 Free Crochet Bookmark Patterns

Make reading more fun with handmade bookmarks!

Crochet Top, Reading Book
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Crochet bookmarks are useful and beautiful too. You can keep a stack of them on any side table or mantle, allowing them to serve as beautiful display until you need to grab one and mark your spot in a book. Adding a crochet bookmark to the gift of a book is also a really great way to make your presents for others a little bit more personal. Here are ten free crochet bookmark patterns to, well ... to bookmark!


This article was updated and edited by Kathryn Vercillo.

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    Perhaps the simplest crochet bookmark of all is just to crochet a chain. As long as it is long enough, it will mark the spot in your book and make it easy to come back to the page that you were reading. However, a simple chain can be pretty flimsy and therefore it can easily fall out of books. The solution given here by designer Melissa Mall is to add a few crochet beads to one or either end of the chain to give it the weight it requires to stay safely tucked inside of your books.


    Beaded Crochet...MORE Bookmark by Melissa Mall

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    Undisthreadness offers two similar free crochet bookmark patterns, each slightly unique from one another. They are each made with a repeating shell stitch. The one shown here is a set of shells stacked on top of one another, while the alternative option has a wavier, side-by-side shell pattern. These are both cotton thread crochet patterns, which gives them a delicate touch and a vintage feel.


    Thread Crochet Bookmark by Undisthreadness

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    This is a really simple crochet pattern that essentially consists of a repeating stitch worked along one row on both sides of the foundation chain. In other words, you crochet your chain, crochet one row across it, turn the corner and crochet around the other side back to the beginning. It's a good technique to learn and great for making a quick little crochet bookmark.


    Easy Crochet Bookmark by Scrap Yarn Crochet

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    Lace Crochet Bookmark Free Pattern
    Crafting Hard

    There is something so exquisite about the lace design of this free crochet bookmark pattern. It is a bilingual crochet pattern with written instructions in English that are also accompanied by a detailed symbol chart. This comes from Crafting Hard who notes that it's the perfect accessory for any book lover.


    Lace Crochet Bookmark by Crafting Hard

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    Bookmarks are, of course, associated with books. Books, in turn, are often associated with school ... and so are pencils. So why not crochet a pencil bookmark? This striped design can be worked in your school colors to show off some school spirit. You could also leave the tops off and have a simple rectangular bookmark instead of the pencil design.


    Striped Pencil Bookmark by Knot My Designs

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    Although many people think of bookmarks as rectangular, you can make bookmarks in any shape at all. This means that you can take any small motif or crochet appliqué pattern and turn it into a bookmark pattern. This free crochet angel pattern is perfect as a Christmas decoration or tucked into a book you're gifting.


    Angel Crochet Bookmark by Suzie's Stuff

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    While a large motif is great as a bookmark on its own, you can also take a very small motif, make several versions of it, then stitch them together in a row to make a crochet bookmark. That is what Fiber Flux did here with this great floral crochet bookmark free pattern. It can be made in a single color or in all of the colors of the rainbow. This is a great stashbuster project!


    Flower Crochet Bookmark by Fiber Flux

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    A single tiny flower can also make a great crochet bookmark pattern. Just add a long tail to mark your pages in the book! This colorful free crochet pattern is from Poetry in Yarn. It's a great design on its own and is a great starting point for creating your own more elaborate crochet flower bookmark patterns.


    Flower Bookmark by Poetry in Yarn

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    As with the flower, a bookmark can be made by crocheting a single granny square and adding long chains to create the bookmark length. This free pattern from Woodhill Design ends in a tassel to give it more weight.

    Alternatively, you could stitch a set of small granny squares together vertically to make a beautiful, colorful bookmark. It just depends whether you like a solid bookmark and one with chains.


    Granny Square Bookmark by Woodhill Designs

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    This happy little rainbow will make you happy as soon as you open your book. It's a simple striped crochet bookmark pattern topped off with a smiling little cloud. Precious.


    Rainbow Boomark by Maro Kakali