Celtic Cross crochet pattern

This is a new improved version of the pattern. I find it easiest to work from an abbreviated pattern so that is what I give below with an explanation of the abbreviations. I hope it is easy to understand.

My original cross.Crochet celtic crossWhen I used #10 crochet cotton and a 1.25mm hook (Blue cross) it came out about 4 inches high and three inches wide. (10 x 7.5 cm) However using a smaller hook will give a firmer though slightly smaller bookmark. (Red cross)You could also try multi-coloured thread. For this I used a 1.25mm for the starting chain and a 1mm hook for the rest. I also increased the picot stitches from two to three.This is what I think of as the improved pattern.

Celtic Cross Bookmark

Start with at least 158 chain. Ideally make a few more to allow for missing the odd one or miss-counting. Excess chains can be undone at the end.

You need to crochet into the loop at the back of the chain. (Method 4 in my tutorial.)

The starting chain should not be too tight or you will not be able to find the loops, especially the ones after working the corners. I found using a 1.25mm hook for the starting chain and then a 1mm hook for the rest of the cross worked best but you should maybe experiment to see what works best with your crochet style. I know I work a little more firmly than some.

I find it easiest to work with an abbreviated pattern, so here are the abbreviations.


Corner = (2tr, dtr, trtr) into first ch, 3ch ss into 3rd ch from hook, (trtr, dtr, 2tr) into next ch.

V = 2tr into ch.

N  eg 12 = 1tr into each of next 12 ch.

First V = tr into 3rd ch from hook.


Corner = (2dc, tr, dtr) into first ch, 2ch ss into 2nd ch from hook, (dtr, tr, 2dc) into next ch.

V = 2dc into ch.

N  eg 12 = 1dc into each of next 12 ch.

First V = dc into 3rd ch from hook.


(V 4 V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V 4 V V 4 V) x 3


V 12 V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V 12 V V 4 V

Tie trefoil knots first then interweave centre and sew ends together. Join should be underneath circle when cross is complete.

Here are a few diagrams to help you see how the different parts go but the crochet fits more tightly.Fitting cross diagrams

Then make circle.

Ch 24,

(V 1 1) x 8.

Interweave round centre of cross and position so join is underneath.

Adding circle diagram

For a bookmark you could add a cord at the top or bottom as I describe at the bottom of these patterns – https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/cross-bookmark-pattern/

To use as a bookmark this definitely needs to be stiffened though I think some spray starch is enough. It is necessary to pull the corners firmly and pull the strands into exactly the right place before stiffening.



12 thoughts on “Celtic Cross crochet pattern

  1. Love the pattern and I made a variegated cross in thread. The fine wool kept splitting!😣 The pattern for the circle needs to be (V2) x 8 though, (rather than 11) and people may need reminding to use the instruction for first V again. I will definitely be doing more Celtic patterns to satisfy the Irish in me! Lol


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