Cross Bookmark – two patterns

Favourite bookmark

Now available as pdf – Cross Bookmarks

Two more charts for alternative borders added as of (March 2015). They are only pictured for the Pattern 2 bookmark above but could be added to either one. You will find them below the original charts.

I have now (October 2014) revised this page and included the US & UK versions on the same page. I have also added charts.

The Pattern 2 bookmark is my preferred version as pictured above.

I have not included the cord at the top in the charts as I am sure you can add a cord or tassel as you prefer.

The bookmarks made with the #10 crochet cotton are 12cm (4.75 ins) tall and 9cm (3.5 ins) wide whereas the ones made with #20 cotton are 11cm (4.25 ins) tall and 7.5 cm (3 ins) wide not including the tag and tassel.If they come out larger you need to chose a smaller hook than the one I have suggested.

Bookmark 1 – chart

Cross 1 chart

Bookmark 2 – chart

Cross 2 chart

First new edging

First new edge chart
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Second new edging

Second new edge chart
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US versions

(UK versions are at the bottom)

The patterns are very straightforward.

I used a no. 8 (1.25mm) hook with #10 cotton and  a no. 10 (1mm) hook with #20 cotton.

Pattern 1

Cross 1

I used a magic loop to start as I am finally getting to like it but you could use a four chain loop if you prefer.

To make the upright.

Start: Into the loop work, 4ch (=1st trc), 3trc, 2ch, 4trc, 4ch and turn.

Row 1: Work 3trc, 2ch, 3trc into 2ch gap of row below then 1trc into fourth chain, 4ch and turn

Repeat this row until you have made 14 shells, omitting the 4ch on the last row, and finish off yarn.

To make the arms.

Now working into the 4ch gap between ninth and tenth shells for one and the trc gap between ninth and tenth shells for the other.

Join thread at the right, 4ch, 3trc, 2ch, 4trc , 4ch and turn

Then repeat row 1, three times , finishing off the last row as before, unless you are making the edging in the same colour when you can leave the thread for the second arm to continue working the edging.

[I find it very hard to find a suitable needle to sew in the ends of crochet cotton, as if the eye is big enough to thread then the needles is hard to force through the fabric. But here by creating an edge you can crochet over all the ends but the last and so save some work.]

To create an edging.

Using the same or a contrasting thread and turning the cross over but

Starting where you are, work 1ch then (sc,2ch, sc) twice into each of the 4ch or tr gaps round the edge. ( I only worked the (sc, 2ch, sc) once either side of the inner corners of the cross shape as that keeps it flatter.)

For the ends of the arms I worked (sc, 2ch, sc) into the first 2 trcs, then sc into the next trc, 2ch, sc into the gap. Then the reverse for the other side.

To finish off, I used a double strand of thread and crocheted a chain of about twenty six stitches, joined the last six ch in a loop with a slst and worked scs all the way round the loop. I found this took about 1.5m doubled.

But you could work this at the bottom of the cross if you prefer or add a tassel.

Pattern 2

Cross 2

I used a magic loop to start as I am finally getting to like it but you could use a eight chain loop if you prefer.

To make the centre.

Start: Into the loop work, 4ch (=1st trc), 2trc, 2ch then  (3trc, 2ch) seven times. Join with a slst into the fourth chain.

To make the arms.

Row 1: 4ch then 3trc, 2ch, 3trc into gap to the left, trc into ch nearest 1tr of row below. 4ch and turn.

Row 2: Work 3trc, 2ch, 3trc into 2ch gap of row below then 1trc into fourth chain, 4ch and turn

Repeat Row 2 until you have made 3 more shells (that’s four in total for the arm), omitting the 4ch on the last row, and finish off yarn.

Rejoin the yarn to make two more arms as above then finish by doing an arm with an extra four shells to make the upright but do not finish off the yarn unless you are using a contrasting colour.

[I find it very hard to find a suitable needle to sew in the ends of crochet cotton, as if the eye is big enough to thread then the needles is hard to force through the fabric. But here by creating an edge you can crochet over all the ends but the last and the one at the beginning and so save some work.]

To create an edging.

Using the same or a contrasting thread and turning the cross over but

Starting where you are work 1ch then the edging for the end of the arms thus:  sc, 2ch, sc into the first 2 trcs, then sc into the next trc, 2ch, sc into the gap. Then the reverse for the other side.

The work sc,2ch, sc twice into each of the 4ch or trc gaps round the edge. ( I only worked the sc, 2ch, sc once either side of the inner corners of the cross shape as that keeps it flatter.)

And the edging for the end of the arms as described above.

To finish off, I used a double strand of thread and crocheted a chain of about twenty six stitches, joined the last six ch in a loop with a slst and worked scs all the way round the loop. I found this took about 1.5m doubled.

But you could work this at the bottom of the cross if you prefer or add a tassel.

I hope this doesn’t sound too complicated, it is really straightforward once you get into it.

 

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UK versions

The patterns are very straightforward.

I used a no. 8 (1.25mm) hook with #10 cotton and  a no. 10 (1mm) hook with #20 cotton.

Pattern 1

Cross 1

I used a magic loop to start as I am finally getting to like it but you could use a four chain loop if you prefer.

To make the upright.

Start: Into the loop work, 4ch (=1st dtr), 3dtr, 2ch, 4dtr, 4ch and turn.

Row 1: Work 3dtr, 2ch, 3dtr into 2ch gap of row below then 1dtr into fourth chain, 4ch and turn

Repeat this row until you have made 14 shells, omitting the 4ch on the last row, and finish off yarn.

To make the arms.

Now working into the 4ch gap between ninth and tenth shells for one and the dtr gap between ninth and tenth shells for the other.

Join thread at the right, 4ch, 3dtr, 2ch, 4dtr , 4ch and turn

Then repeat row 1, three times , finishing off the last row as before, unless you are making the edging in the same colour when you can leave the thread for the second arm to continue working the edging.

[I find it very hard to find a suitable needle to sew in the ends of crochet cotton, as if the eye is big enough to thread then the needles is hard to force through the fabric. But here by creating an edge you can crochet over all the ends but the last and so save some work.]

To create an edging.

Using the same or a contrasting thread and turning the cross over but

Starting where you are, work 1ch then (dc,2ch, dc) twice into each of the 4ch or dtr gaps round the edge. ( I only worked the (dc, 2ch, dc) once either side of the inner corners of the cross shape as that keeps it flatter.)

For the ends of the arms I worked (dc, 2ch, dc) into the first 2 dtrs, then dc into the next dtr, 2ch, dc into the gap. Then the reverse for the other side.

To finish off, I used a double strand of thread and crocheted a chain of about twenty six stitches, joined the last six ch in a loop with a slst and worked dcs all the way round the loop. I found this took about 1.5m doubled.

But you could work this at the bottom of the cross if you prefer or add a tassel.

Pattern 2

Cross 2

I used a magic loop to start as I am finally getting to like it but you could use a eight chain loop if you prefer.

To make the centre.

Start: Into the loop work, 4ch (=1st dtr), 2dtr, 2ch then  (3dtr, 2ch) seven times. Join with a slst into the fourth chain.

To make the arms.

Row 1: 4ch then 3dtr, 2ch, 3dtr into gap to the left, dtr into ch nearest 1dtr of row below. 4ch and turn.

Row 2: Work 3dtr, 2ch, 3dtr into 2ch gap of row below then 1dtr into fourth chain, 4ch and turn

Repeat Row 2 until you have made 3 more shells (that’s four in total for the arm), omitting the 4ch on the last row, and finish off yarn.

Rejoin the yarn to make two more arms as above then finish by doing an arm with an extra four shells to make the upright but do not finish off the yarn unless you are using a contrasting colour.

[I find it very hard to find a suitable needle to sew in the ends of crochet cotton, as if the eye is big enough to thread then the needles is hard to force through the fabric. But here by creating an edge you can crochet over all the ends but the last and the one at the beginning and so save some work.]

To create an edging.

Using the same or a contrasting thread and turning the cross over but

Starting where you are work 1ch then the edging for the end of the arms thus:  dc, 2ch, dc into the first 2 dtrs, then dc into the next dtr, 2ch, dc into the gap. Then the reverse for the other side.

The work dc,2ch, dc twice into each of the 4ch or dtr gaps round the edge. ( I only worked the dc, 2ch, dc once either side of the inner corners of the cross shape as that keeps it flatter.)

And the edging for the end of the arms as described above.

To finish off, I used a double strand of thread and crocheted a chain of about twenty six stitches, joined the last six ch in a loop with a slst and worked dcs all the way round the loop. I found this took about 1.5m doubled.

But you could work this at the bottom of the cross if you prefer or add a tassel.

I hope this doesn’t sound too complicated, it is really straightforward once you get into it.

66 thoughts on “Cross Bookmark – two patterns”

    1. MY Grandma Dolly, born in 1885, taught me to crochet at age 3 – this was the second thing she had me crochet. I still have it – it looks like the variegated one, but in a pink/white.

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  1. I used to make these all the time and lost my directions and tried doing it from looks and memory. Was not quite just right – so glad I found your pattern on Pintrest!

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      1. Best wishes for your grandson’s confirmation! I am always happy to think that my patterns are of use to other people. Please let me know if there is anything in the pattern that is not clear or could be written in a better way.

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      1. Looks exactly like the cross pattern I had made up, including loop and trim. I didn’t publish the pattern though.. I was just giving them away to folks to inspire them in faith. Guess great minds think alike.

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  2. I would like to know if u could email me the instructions witb picture of cross bokmarker. Ive been looking for one. Thanks ill get my husband to print them a work

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  3. Just happened upon your site.. Love the look of this pattern. I too have an up coming confirmation that this is perfect for.
    Appreciate you sharing.

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  4. I was so happy to find this pattern today on your site. I have one my grandma made and was trying to figure out how to make one like it for all my grand kids. 😊. Thank u for sharing!

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  5. Thank you for this! I used to have pink one my grandmother made, but have since lost it. 😦 My son is going through 1st Communion this spring, and I think these would be great gifts for him and his classmates!

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  6. I have been looking for a pattern like this to make for my Bible study group. I think this is going to be perfect! Thank you so much for sharing and making it available to all.

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  7. Made your cross bookmark tonight. I’m a relative beginner so its not perfect but I like it. Only had to frog once! I couldn’t figure out the edging so did my own simple sc all round and it looks okay. Crocheted using white cotton thread size 10 and 3 hook –
    Thank you for a lovely design!

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  8. Thank you for the cross patterns I am going to save them for later. I enjoy giving Angels and a cross to family or friends who are going tru difficul times. These are so pretty.

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  9. Just want to take a moment to thank YOU for the hard work you’ve done in getting these patterns written out – and for sharing so freely with all of us!
    I’ve been amazed with the crochet community – because of the wonderful, generous hookers like you, the rest of us who are working to improve our own skills can do so – without having to spend TONS of money for classes, etc.!
    It’s almost like gaining a whole new family – one that has shared with all of us out here in the blogosphere (the readers).
    THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!
    Blessings to you – always!

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  10. I love these bookmarks. Our parish was looking for something to send to people who need comfort and these bookmarks are perfect. Thank you for the clear and precise instructions.

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  11. I have been searching for the perfect cross bookmark for quite some time to make for a sweet lady I know. Wonderful pattern! 🙂 also to anyone looking for ways to save the pattern you can do a screenshot as well. On computer or mobile device. Hope this helps.

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  12. I love the picture of the pattern cross. It’s been so long since I’ve crocheted that I have to relearn the terms and stitches., but I’m such a quick learner that it should take me a day or two to learn how to do it.

    Thank you for the pattern.

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  13. Hey love the look of these and cant wait to give them a go. One thing i have noticed however is that the written instructions for pattern one are the same as for pattern 2 (in both uk and us terms) where the charts are different. But i look forward to making both as soon as i get the right yarn

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