Celtic Cross Bookmark – 4 versions


I do not consider this to be a particularly difficult thing to make but I would also not consider that this is a pattern for beginners.

I hope you do not find the pattern too wordy but most of it is just general advice.

All these crosses were made with #10 mercerised crochet thread.

My favourite version but maybe also the trickiest to make.

Celtic Cross Bookmark with slip stitch edging

I think that this looks best with a pale central ribbon and a strongly coloured slip stitch edging.

I found that I needed to use a larger hook than I did for the plain bookmark (see below).

I think that the hook I used was about 2mm but a slightly smaller hook would have done as well.

Of course if you crochet loosely this may not be an issue.

It might be an idea to make a small sample ribbon to see what you get. The ribbon needs to be firm without being tight. Do remember with this pattern to add the slip stitch edging before you decide.

Again depending on how tightly you make a chain, it might be an idea to use a size larger hook for the chain so that you don’t find it hard to crochet into the back. This can be especially hard after working a corner.

You need to work into the back of the chain so as to have both edges the same. This is method 4 in my tutorial on four ways of working into a chain.

Pattern

Start with at least 165 chain. Ideally make a few more to allow for missing the odd one, or miss counting, or my calculation being wrong! Excess chains can be undone at the end.

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

UK

Corner = (2dc, tr, dtr) into first ch, (dtr, tr, 2dc) into next ch.

V = 2dc into ch.

N eg 4 = 1dc into each of next 4 ch.

First V = 2dc into 2nd ch from hook.

US

Corner = (2sc, dc, tr) into first ch, (tr, dc, 2sc) into next ch.

V = 2sc into ch.

N eg 4 = 1sc into each of next 4 ch.

First V = 2sc into 2nd ch from hook.

Main Pattern

(V 4 V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V 4 V V 4 V) worked three times

then

V 16 V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V 16 V V 4 V

The two numbers in bold are the numbers that control the length of the upright. If you want a taller cross you should increase this number. Do remember to add twice the addition to the number of chain at the start.

When you have completed the ribbon, go back to the start and, choosing an appropriate colour, slip stitch into the back loop of each stitch, making a 3ch picot (= 3ch ss into 3rd st from hook) after slip stitching into the 4th stitch of each corner. If you want less obvious points use only 2ch.

When you get to the end, you don’t need to cut the thread as this will be hidden when you join the ribbon.

Now turn and slip stitch into the back loop of the edge of the starting chain. Missing out a stitch either side of the two central stitches when you get to the inner curve of the corners.

You can make the circle now or after you have interwoven the main part of the cross.

Circle

Ch 30 + 1

(V11) x 10

Slip stitch into both the edges of the ribbon as before but this time there are no picots or missed stitches to worry about.

Construction

See photograph of cross or diagrams at the end.

Tie trefoil knots first then interweave centre and sew ends together. Join should be underneath when cross is complete with circle. If you have any doubts don’t cut the thread.

Interweave Circle round centre of cross and sew ends together. Position so join is underneath.

This is when you need to do a lot of pulling and adjusting so that the joins are not visible and all parts are arranged evenly.

Plain Cross

For the plain cross I used a 1.25 hook (blue) or a 1.00 hook (red). It will depend on how tightly or loosely you crochet. It might be an idea to make a small sample ribbon to see what you get. The ribbon needs to be firm without being tight.

Again depending on how tightly you make a chain, it might be an idea to use a size larger hook for the chain so that you don’t find it hard to crochet into the back.

You need to work into the back of the chain so as to have both edges the same. This is method 4 in my tutorial on four ways of working into a chain.

The ribbon will stretch, especially the circle and the upright which is why I have different numbers for this pattern although we are aiming at a similar size.

Pattern

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

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

UK

Corner = (2tr, dtr, trtr) into first ch, 3ch ss into first ch, (trtr, dtr, 2tr) into next ch. If you want less obvious points use only 2ch for the picot (like the blue cross.)

V = 2tr into ch.

N eg 4 = 1tr into each of next 4 ch.

First V = tr into 3rd ch from hook.

US

Corner = (2dc, tr, dtr) into first ch, 3ch ss into first ch, (dtr, tr, 2dc) into next ch. If you want less obvious points use only 2ch for the picot (like the blue cross.)

V = 2dc into ch.

N eg 4 = 1dc into each of next 4 ch.

First V = dc into 3rd ch from hook.

Main Pattern

(V 4 V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V 4 V V 4 V) worked three times

then

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

As with the earlier pattern the numbers in bold control the length of the upright and can be increased if wished. Again do remember to increase the number of starting chain by twice any increase.

Circle

Ch 24 + 2

(V1) x 12

Construction

See photograph of cross or diagrams at the end.

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

Interweave Circle round centre of cross and sew ends together. Position so join is underneath.

This is when you need to do a lot of pulling and adjusting so that the joins are not visible and all parts are arranged evenly.

Cross with inner slip stitch embellishment

This cross is the thickest of the three so possible less suitable as a bookmark but would make a good gift.

I think that this looks best with a pale central ribbon and a strongly coloured slip stitch decoration.

I used a 1.25 hook. It will depend on how tightly or loosely you crochet. It might be an idea to make a small sample ribbon to see what you get. The ribbon needs to be firm without being tight. Do remember with this pattern to add the slip stitch decoration before you decide.

Again depending on how tightly you make a chain, it might be an idea to use a size larger hook for the chain so that you don’t find it hard to crochet into the back.

You need to work into the back of the chain so as to have both edges the same. This is method 4 in my tutorial on four ways of working into a chain..

Pattern

Start with at least 166 chain. Ideally make a few more to allow for missing the odd one or miss counting. or my calculation being wrong! Excess chains can be undone at the end.

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

UK

Corner = (2tr, dtr, trtr) into first ch, 3ch ss into first ch, (trtr, dtr, 2tr) into next ch. If you want less obvious points use only 2ch for the picot.

V = 2tr into ch.

N eg 4 = 1tr into each of next 4 ch.

First V = tr into 3rd ch from hook.

US

Corner = (2dc, tr, dtr) into first ch, 3ch ss into first ch, (dtr, tr, 2dc) into next ch. If you want less obvious points use only 2ch for the picot.

V = 2dc into ch.

N eg 4 = 1dc into each of next 4 ch.

First V = dc into 3rd ch from hook.

Main Pattern

(V 4 V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V 4 V V 4 V) worked three times

then

V 16 V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V 16 V V 4 V

The two numbers in bold are the numbers that control the length of the upright. If you want a taller cross you should increase this number. Do remember to add twice the addition to the number of chain at the start.

When you have completed the ribbon, go back to the start and, choosing an appropriate colour, slip stitch under both loops of each stitch, Miss out the picot.
When you get to the end, you don’t need to cut the thread as this will be hidden when you join the ribbon.

Now turn and slip stitch under both loops of the edge of the starting chain.

You can make the circle now or after you have interwoven the main part of the cross

Circle

Ch 30 + 2

(V11) x 10.

Slip stitch along both edges of the ribbon as before but this time there are no picots or missed stitches to worry about.

If the circle seems too tight add maybe 3 or 6 more chains.

Construction

See photograph of cross or diagrams at the end.

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

Interweave Circle round centre of cross and sew ends together. Position so join is underneath.

This is when you need to do a lot of pulling and adjusting so that the joins are not visible and all parts are arranged evenly.

For completeness I will add the pattern which I used to make this cross

(Slightly updated.)

It is really too big for a bookmark but could be hung on a wall.

Again, use a 1.25 or 1mm hook. It will depend on how tightly or loosely you crochet. It might be an idea to make a small sample ribbon to see what you get. The ribbon needs to be firm without being tight. Do remember to add the edging to the sample before you decide.

Again depending on how tightly you make a chain, it might be an idea to use a size larger hook for the chain so that you don’t find it hard to crochet into the back.

You need to work into the back of the chain so as to have both edges the same. This is method 4 in my tutorial on four ways of working into a chain.

Pattern

Start with at least 270 chain. Ideally make a few more to allow for missing the odd one or miss counting. or my calculation being wrong! Excess chains can be undone at the end.

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

UK

Corner = 5tr into first ch, tr into 2nd ch  5tr into 3rd ch.

V = 2tr into ch.

N eg 4 = 1tr into each of next 4 ch.

First V = tr into 3rd ch from hook.

US

Corner = 5dc into first ch, tr into 2nd ch, 5dc into 3rd ch.

V = 2dc into ch.

N eg 4 = 1dc into each of next 4 ch.

First V = dc into 3rd ch from hook.

Main Pattern

(V 8 V 1 V 1 V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V 1 V 1 V 8 V V 8 V) worked three times

then

V 24 V 1 V 1 V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V 1 V 1 V 24 V V 8 V

When you have completed the ribbon, go back to the start and, choosing an appropriate colour, work dcs (US-scs) into the edge of the ribbon but adding these stitches to the corners.

UK

htr, tr, dtr, tr, htr in turn into the central five stitches of the corner.

US

hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc in turn into the central five stitches of the corner.

When you get to the end, you don’t need to cut the thread as this will be hidden when you join the ribbon.

Now turn and work dcs (US-scs) into the edge of the starting chain. Missing out a stitch either side of the central stitch when you get to the inner curve of the corners.

You can make the circle now or after you have interwoven the main part of the cross.

Circle

Ch 44 + 2

(V111) x 11

Work dcs (US-scs) along both edges of the ribbon as before but this time there are corners to worry about.

Construction

See photograph of cross or diagrams at the end.

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

Interweave Circle round centre of cross and sew ends together. Position so join is underneath.

This is when you need to do a lot of pulling and adjusting so that the joins are not visible and all parts are arranged evenly.

Helpful Diagrams

Interweaving centre of cross

Adding Circle