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Day & Night Bookmark

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Hi there, friends!

It’s no surprise that I’m an avid reader, and I love nothing more than when I can combine two of my favorite hobbies: crochet and reading. It had been a while since I’d made a bookmark (see the XOXO Bookmark), and because I’ve been on quite the fantasy kick lately, with my head in the clouds, I opted for a little something celestial. I give you….the Day & Night Bookmark! If you want a quick make or are looking for the perfect project to step into the world of crocheting with thread, this is the perfect project!

Yarn Suggestions

I’ve written the pattern for a #10 thread and 1.25mm hook, but feel free to play around with other thread sizes or maybe even a fingering weight yarn!

Day & Night Bookmark Crochet Pattern

by Hooks, Books, & Wanderlust

Using only basic stitches, this this bookmark pattern is the perfect introduction to working with crochet thread! The stitches and process are simple, but sometimes working with thread is not, so I’m categorizing this as an Intermediate level pattern.

Want to go offline? A PDF version of this pattern is available for purchase in my Etsy and Ravelry stores.

Why the PDF?

What’s so cool about my PDF? Everything!

My interactive PDFs are written with teaching in mind, complete with photo tutorials for all special stitches (including links to videos), tips and tricks for the pattern itself or reading patterns in general, lots of photos, and charts for those visual learners out there! And best of all, everything is formatted for ease of navigation, allowing you to jump between sections of the pattern with ease!

Not a beginner? I also have a consolidated version (where applicable) of the pattern that’s printer-friendly just for you!

Get your printable PDF version of this pattern below!

Materials List

  • 5 yds (4.5 m) of #10 crochet thread, see thread suggestions above
  • 1.25mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Stitches & Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • Magic Circle – Tutorial available here
  • Chain (ch)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Half Double Crochet (hdc)
  • Double Crochet (dc)
  • Stitches in [ ] will be worked into the same indicated stitch

Finished Measurements

Sun: 1″ (2.5 cm) diameter
Moon: 5/8″ L x .25″ W* (1.5 cm L x .6 cm W*)
*measured across thickest part of the center

Gauge

Not essential

Notes

  • This pattern is written in US Standard terms and is classified as Intermediate.
  • Before You Begin:
    • Read the pattern or watch the video before beginning to familiarize yourself with the pattern! Time consuming? Yes. Worth it? Every time.
    • Make it in yarn first! When working with teeny hooks and crochet thread, it can be helpful to practice it with yarn and a bigger hook first, the better to see your stitches, my dear!
  • Size/Tension: This is a very forgiving pattern to adjust for size and tension. Play around with different hook sizes or thread/yarn weights to get different results!
  • Turning Chains: Chain stitches at the beginning of rows/rounds do not count as a stitch.
  • Premium PDF Pattern: If you’d prefer a convenient PDF version of this pattern, visit my Etsy and/or Ravelry shops! PDF includes:
    • Full Written Pattern with supplemental photos and helpful tips and tricks
    • Linked video pattern showing bookmark from start to finish
    • Printer-Friendly Consolidated Pattern for more experienced crocheters
    • Stitch Chart

Video Pattern

Written Pattern

This pattern is divided into two parts, the Body of the bookmark and Finishing. Part 1 is divided into 3 sections for each of the individual elements of this design. Section 1 covers the sun portion, which is worked in joined rounds, Section 2 covers the long chain that will slide between pages, then Section 3 covers the moon, which is a short row. Stitch counts are given in ( )s at the end of row/round instructions in Sections 1 and 3 only, as it is irrelevant in Section 2.

Part 1: Body

Section 1: Sun

Round by Round photos can be found at the end of this section.

Begin with a Magic Circle.

Note: To see a tutorial for the Magic Circle, click here.

R1: Ch 1, sc 12 into magic circle, sl st to the top of the first sc of the round to join.  Tighten magic circle slightly but not completely. (12)

R2: Ch 1, hdc 18 into magic circle working around the sc stitches of R1 (not into them), sl to top of the first hdc to join.  (18)

R3: Ch 1, *[sc, ch 2, sc] in first stitch, skip 1, repeat from * around, sl st to top of the first sc to join.  (18 sc, 9 ch-2 spaces)

PRO TIP: Stitches in brackets [ ] are all to be worked into the same stitch.  In this round, that means that you will sc into the first stitch, ch 2, then sc into the first stitch again. See pictures below.

PRO TIP: Asterisks (*) indicate the series of stitches to repeat in succession as you work the round.

That’s the sun finished! Now for the long chain to slide between pages.

Sun Round by Round 

Section 2: Chain

You can make the chain as long as desired to fit between the pages of the book, measuring from the point of the sun to the hook.  A standard US hard cover book is 9.5” / 24 cm, so I like to make my chain 10” / 25 cm long so that there is some overhang.

Sl st to the next ch-2 space to start the chain length from a point on the sun.

Chain: Ch 10” / 25 cm (or desired length).

NOTE: If making this to match the height of a specific book, I recommend adding .5” / 1 cm to the book’s length for your chain length.

Section 3: Moon

The moon is worked over 6 chain stitches, so I’ll break it down that way in the pictures that follow the directions below.

Ch 7 in addition to the chain length you just worked in Section 2.

Moon: Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, [sc, hdc] in next, 2 dc into each of the next 2 stitches, [hdc, sc] in next, sl st into next ch, tie off, weave in ends. (10)

Moon Chain by Chain

Part 2 Finishing

I recommend blocking your sun and moon to set them and enhance the points on the sun.  To see this part of the pattern video, click here.

Blocking

Place wax paper over your blocking mat, and spray both sides of the sun and moon with stiffening spray (I use Aileen’s Stiffen Quick) until saturated.  Pin your bookmark to the mat at the ch-2 spaces of the sun and along the curves of the moon, stretching them slightly into shape.  Allow to dry before unpinning.

Woohoo! You did it! Now you have a pretty new bookmark ready to slide between the pages of your current read…if you stop and don’t lie to yourself about just one more chapter, that is!

I would LOVE to see your make! Tag me @HooksBooksWanderlust to share your makes with me on Instagram and / or Facebook!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern and found it easy to follow! If not, or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Email me at HooksBooksAndWanderlust@gmail.com.

Happy crocheting!

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2 Comments

    • Hooks Books & Wanderlust

      Hi Joan, I didn’t write down what I did, and I don’t intend to publish a pattern for it at this time. But here’s the gist in basic pattern speak. 🙂 I used snuggle yarn and went down a from the recommended hook size so that polyfil wouldn’t leak out. I worked from the bottom up, starting with a rectangular stump of 13 sc wide x 7 rows. After finishing R7, R8: ch 8, turn and sc into the 2nd ch and into each ch and sc across then foundation single crochet (FSC) 7, attaching that first FSC to the base of the last sc from R7 of the stump, ch 1 and turn. R9: sc2tog across first 2 sts, sc across until last 2 sts then sc2tog, ch 1, turn. R10-14: repeat R9 for a total of 7 rows for this branch segment. At end of R14, ch 5, turn. R15: sc into 2nd ch and each ch and sc across then FSC 4 similar to R8. R16-21: repeat R9 for 7 rows for this branch segment. At end of R21, ch 5, turn. R22: sc into 2nd ch and each ch and sc across then FSC 4. R23-28: Rep R9. R29: sc2tog, sc, ch 1 turn. R30: sc2tog. Tie off weave in ends. Sew random stitches for the green sprinkles and surface chain for the red icing. Make a second panel exactly like the first (with out without sprinkles and icing) but don’t tie off. Lay the panels together, right sides out, with your sprinkle/icing side facing you, then single crochet them together working evenly around the border. When I get 1 branch up on the second side, I begin to stuff the pillow as I go to make sure I can fill it evenly. When you’re done, tie off and weave in the last end! I hope that helps!

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