Summer Reading Bookmark

Inner Child Crochet

Summer Reading Bookmark by Melissa MallBy Melissa Mall

Photos: Melissa Mall

Almost everyone I know who learned to crochet as a child has told me the same story: they learned how to chain and nothing else, and so they sat and crocheted miles and miles of it. Some turned it into necklaces, others bracelets. Again and again, the message is clear – there’s not much to do if you only know how to chain.

This bookmark is mostly constructed of chains (although a pair of single crochet appear near the beginning) and would be a fun project for the young beginning crocheter to tackle.

Difficulty: Beginner

Size: Adjustable


  • Approx. 2 yds 6-strand embroidery floss, light blue
  • E/4 (3.50mm hook)
  • 10 pony beads: 4 white, 1 red, 1 orange, 1 yellow, 1 green, 1 blue, 1 purple

Gauge: Gauge is not significant in this design.

Summer Reading Bookmark by Melissa Mall

Special Stitch: Add bead: Insert hook through bead; yarn over, pull through bead and loop on hook. Yarn over, pull through loop on hook. (This should attach the bead to your cord with one strand on each side of it.)


Row 1: Begin with a slip knot. Using the white pony beads, [add bead] 3 times. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in between next 2 beads, sc in between last 2 beads. (2 sc.) Turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, (with white) add bead, sl st in sc from previous row.

Ch to desired length. (9″ recommended for hard backs, 7″ for paper backs.)

[Add bead] 6 times in this order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. Ch 1, finish off. Pull ch tight. Cut tail to 1″, separate strands to create a small tassel. (Do the same thing with the tail at the beginning.) You’re done!

About the Designer
Melissa Mall
Melissa Mall is an at-home mom with four sons eight and under. They have just completed yet another transcontinental move – hopefully it will be their last!!! You can keep up with their ordinary adventures over at her blog, or take a peek at her crochet patterns and tutorials at Inner Child Crochet.

Pattern & images © Melissa Mall. All rights reserved.

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