Crochet Bookmark with Shells

Make this Crochet Bookmark with Shells using this Free Crochet Pattern! A great gift for any holiday, from Easter to Mother’s Day or even a stocking stuffer! Need a last minute teachers gift? Make one of these crochet bookmarks quick, grab a mug, a lip balm and now you have perfect gift! Keep scrolling to use the free crochet pattern in this blog post or click the button below for an affordable pdf!

Finished Crochet Bookmark with Shells

Design Story and Inspiration

I love to read, especially from a real book! I’ve tried e-readers, and while I enjoyed having so many books at my fingertips, there is just nothing like the smell of a paper book, the feel of it in your hands, seeing all those pages get flipped one by one and the satisfaction of closing it when you are finished!

I love making huge projects that are very time consuming, sometimes I need a break but I just can’t seem to put down my yarn and hooks! So I decided that something I can make in between is a crochet bookmark! They are simple and easy crochet patterns that can be made with scraps while also taking the opportunity to learn a new crochet stitch!

About the Yarn

Cotton yarns hold a special place in my heart. I have so many different kinds and I just can’t seem to stop grabbing new ones when they come to market! Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton is a great cotton yarn that can be used in so many ways! From Home Decor to Cleaning Rags to Clothing I knew this would also be a great yarn for a crochet bookmark!

24/7 Cotton from Lion Brand Yarn.

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12 st repeat x 7 rows is 2” x 2” is what one repeat should measure. Gauge for this free crochet pattern isn’t crucial, but know that having too loose or too tight of a gauge can affect the look of your bookmark. It could lose stitch definition if too loose or not lay flat if too tight.

Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations

  • Chain Stitch – ch
  • Slip Stitch – sl st 
  • Stitch(es) – st(s)
  • Skip – sk
  • Single Crochet – sc
  • Foundation Single Crochet – Fsc – Chain 2, insert hook into 2nd chain from hook, yarn over and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through both loops, (1 foundation single crochet with chain at the bottom) *Insert hook to the bottom of the stitch you just made, it will look like the top or “V” of a stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all loops* repeat for desired amount of stitches.

Pattern Notes

  • One Size – 8” x 2”
  • * Designates a repeat.
  • Turn at the end of each row.
  • Skill Level : Intermediate

Crochet Bookmark Pattern Begins

Row 1 – Fsc 49, turn.

Row 1, Foundation Single Crochet.

Row 2 – Ch 5, dc in 1st st, skip next 3 sts, *sc in next 5 sts, skip next 3 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc, ch 2, dc) in next st, skip next 3 sts, repeat from * until 9 sts remain, sc in next 5, skip next 3, (dc, ch 2, dc) in last st, turn. 

Row 2, Shell Foundation Row.

Row 3 – Ch 3, *4 dc in next ch-2, skip next sc, sc in next 3 sc, 4 dc in next ch-2, dc in next dc, repeat from * across, ending with last dc in 3rd ch of turn ch, turn.

Row 3, creating shells.

Row 4 – Ch 1, 3 sc, *skip next 3 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc, ch 2, dc) in next st, skip next 3 sts, sc in next 5, repeat from * across until 9 sts and turning ch 3 remain, skip next 3 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc, ch 2, dc) in next st, skip next 3 sts, sc in next 2 dc and 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Row 4, next shell foundation row.

Row 5 – Ch 1, 2 sc, *4 dc in next ch-2, dc in next dc, 4 dc in next ch-2, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sc, repeat from * across ending with 2 sc, turn.

Row 5, second set of shells.

Rows 6 and 7 – Repeat Rows 2-3, finish off.

Row 6 & 7 repeats to finish crochet bookmark.
Finished crochet bookmark, weave in ends!

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