Three variations of knitted bookmarks

Free knitting pattern: Bookmark Trio

This free knitting pattern for knitted bookmarks is a great project for the beginner knitter. It’s also a wonderful gift for a book-lover. This trio includes a basic garter stitch pattern and two more advanced openwork patterns. 

Skill Level Easy-intermediate 

Finished Measurements each bookmark is approximate 2 x 7 inches 

Yarn allow about 25 yds of fingering weight yarn. Shown in Knit Picks Palette. (From left to right: Salsa Heather, Huckleberry Heather, Clematis Heather) 

Gauge 25 stitches = 4 inches 

Needles 3.0 mm needles.


Pattern 1 Garter Stitch Bookmark

Cast on 13 stitches. All rows: Knit.

Work a total 86 rows. (You can adjust this number if you want a shorter or longer bookmark.)

Bind off.

Knitted garter stitch bookmark

Variation Garter Stitch Bookmark with Ribbon

Work Garter Stitch Bookmark, above.

Using a tapestry needle and about 20 inches of 1/8 inch wide ribbon, thread a strand of ribbon through every second row on the right of the bookmark. Leave about a 5 inch tail on either end. Repeat on left side of bookmark with a second piece of ribbon.

If you like, tie each end of both ribbons to the top and bottom edges of the bookmark, to stop the ribbon from sliding. Then you can tie the top two tails in a knot or bow.

Knitted garter stitch bookmark with ribbon

Pattern 2 Dewdrop Bookmark

Cast on 13 stitches.

Rows 1 (WS), 3, 6: Knit 2, purl 3, k3, p3, k2.

Row 2, 5, 7: Purl 2, knit 3, p3, k3, p2.

Row 4: Knit 2, yarn over, slip 1-knit 2 together-pass stitch over, yo, k3, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k2.

Row 8: Knit 2 together, yarn over, k3, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k3, yo, ssk.

Repeat Rows 1 - 8 eight more times. Then repeat rows 1-3.

Bind off.

The Dewdrop Pattern, from Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns is a great pattern for learning openwork. It has a small repeat, is easy to remember, and lies flat.

 Knitted boomark in dewdrop pattern

Pattern 3 Horseshoe Bookmark

Cast on 13 stitches.

Row 1 (WS): Knit 1, purl 11, k1.

Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, k3, slip 1-knit 2 together-pass stitch over, k3, yo, k2.

Row 3: Repeat Row 1.

Row 4: Knit 1, purl 1, k1, yo, k2, sl1-k2tog-psso, k2, yo, k1, p1, k1.

Row 5: Knit 2, purl 9, k2.

Row 6: Knit 1, purl 1, k2, yo, k1, sl1-k2tog-psso, k1, yo, k2, p1, k1.

Row 7: Repeat Row 5.

Row 8: Knit 1, purl 1, k3, yo, sl1-k2tog-psso, yo, k3, p1, k1.

Repeat Rows 1 - 8 ten more times.

Bind off.

The Horseshoe Pattern, also from Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns is a nice simple lace pattern, that forms a slight scallop at the cast on edge.

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