Granny Square Bookmarks

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This semester, I am taking a course in young adult literature. I'm really quite excited about it. So many great books! :) We are going to be reading eleven books this semester in a 15-week time period. Meaning I am going to be reading A LOT. Like a lot a lot. Since one of my biggest pet peeves is folded over book pages, I decided I needed to make a couple really nice bookmarks to get me through this semester. 

These bookmarks are incredibly easy and a great project for beginning crocheters. I think each bookmark took me roughly thirty minutes to complete. So you could easily get these guys finished in one sitting.

Skill Level: Easy

- craft thread (I just grabbed a pack of bonbons from Hobby Lobby for $5)
- small crochet hook (size C or D should work just fine)
- yarn needle
- scissors
- a good book

- You will need to make three granny squares per bookmark. 

How to Make a Granny Square: 
- Begin square either by chaining five and joining with a slip stitch to make a loop or by making a magic loop. (I prefer the magic loop method, it makes your square look much neater in the end.)
- Round One: ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2dc, ch 2, [3 dc, ch2] three times, join with slip stitch in top of first ch 3. Bind off. You should have 3 shells and 4 corner spaces.
- Round two: Join next color into a ch 2 corner space with a slip stitch. Ch 3 [2dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in same space (corner made).*Ch 2, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next ch 2 corner space. Repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch in top of first ch 3. Bind off.
- Round three: Join next color into a ch 2 space with a slip stitch. Continue working the granny square pattern. Working one shell in each ch 2 space and 2 shells in each corner space. Bind off.

P.S. If you're more of a visual person and these instructions made absolutely no sense to you, try searching "granny square tutorial" on youtube. That's how I first learned to granny many many years ago. :)

- Join your three squares together. There are several ways to do this. Here are my favorite two ways:
        - Hold two squares together with right sides facing. Whip stitch the two squares together.
        - Join the two squares together as you work. There is a great tutorial for this here.
-Weave in the ends.

Now just find yourself a good book and get reading!

Linked to MooglyNot Just a HousewifeSomeday Crafts

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