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Lace Bookmarks
A Free Pattern from The Knitting Fairy

Materials Needed:
#10 crochet cotton
#2 needles
tapestry needle
T-pins
Pinable surface (such as bulletin board or ironing board)

All bookmarks start alike.

Cast on 1st.
Yo, Knit to end.

Repeat last row until you have the required number of stitches (usually between 13 & 19). Choose from lace patterns below or make up your own.

Bookmark #1 (15 stitches)

Row 1: K2, yo, K2tog, yo, K2tog, yo, SK2togP, yo, SSK, yo, SSK, yo, K2.
Row 2: (ws) K2, P11, K2.

Repeat rows 1&2 23 times more. End Knit 6 rows, bind off loosely.

Bookmark #2 (15 stitches)

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: K5, K2tog, yo, K1, yo, SSK, K5.
Row 4: Knit.
Row 5: K4, K2tog, yo, K3, yo, SSK, K4.
Row 6: Knit.
Row 7: K6, yo, SK2togP, yo, K6.
Row 8: Knit.

Repeat rows 1-8 6 times more. End Knit 6 rows. Bind off loosely.

Bookmark #3 (15 stitches)

Row 1: (ws) K2, P11, K2.
Row 2: K2, K2tog, K3, yo, K1, yo, K3, SSK, K2.

Repeat rows 1&2 23 times more. End Knit 6 rows, bind off loosely.

Bookmark #4 (17 stitches)

Row 1: (K2tog) 3 times, (yo, K1) 5 times, yo, (SSK) 3 times.
Row 2: K3, P11, K3.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: K3, P11, K3.

Repeat rows 1-4 11 times more. End Knit 6 rows, bind off loosely.

Notes:
These are just a few patterns I have tried, ANY lace pattern can be used provided you can make it fit between the pages of a book. You can eliminate the points at the bottoms by just casting on the required number of stitches and knitting the bookmark. Keep in mind that most lace will produce a scalloped boarder. I would recommend starting with a few rows of garter stitch and keeping a few stitches in garter stitch up the sides to help eliminate some of the roll. You could produce a point at the other end by working YO, K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog. Until 3 stitches remain and then YO, K3tog. Run tail through remaining stitches and draw up tight, knot and finish off.

I have found it is sometimes better to work your tails in, but do NOT cut them before blocking. This way, when you pull on the work the amount that is needed when working with lace the ends will not pull free. Once the lace is dry you can cut off any tails that remain.

For a permanent starch, use STIFFY. I have used spray starch, however, this will have to be redone from time to time. Bookmarks see considerable wear. I would definitely use a diluted amount of STIFFY. Perhaps 1/3 to 2/3 water?

We at the Knitting Fairy hope you have enjoyed working with this free pattern. You are welcome to copy and distribute it to your friends so long as this copyright notice remains attached.

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