Crochet

Crochet Tropical Bookmark Set

August 23, 2019
The Crochet Tropical Bookmark Set cover image

The Crochet Tropical Bookmark Set is the project that will cheer up any book! Super easy to make and absolute fun, it is the perfect quick project for the back to school season!

Inspiration

Oh the summer… When I think of summer, I think of sun, warm weather, vacations and books! I get ahead in my reading list during this time of year, and I usually have one book with me (aside from yarn, of course 🙂 ). And with books (since I’m yet to jump on the eReader train) come bookmarks.

I have a couple of bookmarks, but they are those generic, boring ones that come inside a book when you buy them. Not “summer-y” at all! It was definitely time for an upgrade! 😉 I decided to make my own crochet bookmarks!

The Watermelon Bookmark of the Crochet Tropical Bookmark Set on a book

The Project

This is a super easy project, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and cute! Rummaging through my stash, I wanted to use whatever scraps I had lying around. I found some Drops Safran and Katia Tencel-Cotton. I use Drops Safran for the Octopus for a Preemie project, but the Katia Yarn is a recent acquisition. It contains Lyocell, which is a biodegradable fiber, created in an ecologically sustainable manner according to Katia Yarns. These days I’m getting more and more conscious about what I use and whether it is an ecologically sustainable material, so hopefully I’m doing good by using this yarn.

Checking the colors, I had yellow, red and green. I also had a bit of white and a bit of black. I don’t know if it’s because I live in a tropical country, but I immediately saw a juicy watermelon coming from that red and a sweet pineapple coming from the yellow!

The Pineapple Bookmark of the Crochet Tropical Bookmark Set on a colourful book

In an attempt of keeping it simple, I tried to get the fruits in a rectangle, instead of trying to make their respective shapes. So let’s make minimal designs, but work on those details! I mean, a watermelon needs its seeds and a pineapple its rough skin and crazy leaves! I am not the best crafter with a tapestry needle, but somehow, I survived drawing those leaves 😀 so I’m sure that yours will turn out a lot nicer!

So with just a few scraps of yarn and a couple of colors you can make these awesome tropical bookmarks! They will always be ripe and never go bad. Even after summer is gone and you find yourself getting ready to go back to work or school, you can have these around to brighten up your books, your days and remind you that we’ll always have summer! 😉

Pattern

  • You can buy the ad-free, printable PDF pattern HERE!
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Description

The Crochet Tropical Bookmark Set is the project that will cheer up any book! Super easy to make and absolute fun, it is the perfect quick project for the back to school season!

Skill Level

  • Basic

Have in Hand

  • 1 skein Drops Safran (175 yd/160 m) in :
    • Yellow Uni Color for Color A
    • Strong Yellow Uni Color 11 for Color C
    • Black Uni Color 16 for Color D
    • Off White Uni Color 18 for Color E
  • 1 skein Katia Tencel-Cotton (131 yd/120 m) in:
    • Color 12 for Color B 
    • Color 4 for Color F 
  • US size C2 (2.5 mm) crochet hook
  • US size D (3.0 mm) crochet hook
  • tapestry needle, scissors

Gauge

  • 13 sts = 2”/5 cm
  • 19 rows = 4”/10 cm

Finished Measures

  • 2’’/5 cm x 7’’/18 cm 

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch: chain
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • t: turn

Notes

  • Use the US size C2 (2.5 mm) crochet hook when working with Katia Tencel-Cotton
  • Use the US size D (3.0 mm) crochet hook when working with Drops Safran
  • Ch 2 at the beginning of row counts as a st.
  • St count remains the same along the pattern.
  • The sewing part is not my strong suit, so feel free to do whatever feels good to you!
  • For the pineapple leaves, there is a schematic below, but feel free to deviate and design your own leaves if you want. 😉 
The Crochet Tropical Bookmark Set being used to mark books

Crochet Tropical Bookmark Set

Pineapple

Start with Color A and crochet hook US size D (3.0mm)

Ch 13

Row 1: ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), t, hdc across to end of row <13>.

Row 2-26: repeat Row 1.

Change to Color B and crochet hook US size C-2 (2.5 mm)

Row 27-36: repeat Row 1. Sl st, fasten off and weave in ends.

Body of the Pineapple

Using Color C.

With the tapestry needle, starting in the space between the 1st and 2nd st of the top row of the body, make diamond shapes along the body of the pineapple. Diamonds are 4 sts wide and 4 rows high. 

Diamond schematic for the pineapple

Once you have covered all the surface in diamonds, fasten off and weave in ends.

Leaves of the Pineapple

Using Color D.

With the tapestry needle, starting from the space between the 6th and 7th st in row 27, make a curve line, that goes from the center to the right edge and then another from the center to the left edge. Make another set like this that begins more or less where the previous lines crossed.

Pineapple leaves schematic

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Watermelon

Start with Color B and crochet hook US size C-2 (2.5 mm)

Ch 13

Row 1: ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), t, hdc across to end of row <13>.

Row 2-4: repeat Row 1.

Change to Color E and crochet hook US size D (3.0 mm)

Row 5-8: repeat Row 1.

Change to Color F and crochet hook US size C-2 (2.5 mm)

Row 9-36: repeat Row 1. Sl st, fasten off and weave in ends.

Seeds

Using color D.

With the tapestry needle, starting from the space between the 2nd and 3rd st between the last row and the one before, make a st 2 rows long. Make 3 more sts in the same place. Fasten off and weave in ends (one seed made). Make 3 more seeds, 3 sts apart from each other.

Starting from the space between the 3rd and 4th st between the 4th and 5th row counting from the last, make a seed. Repeat 2 more times, making the seeds 3 sts apart.

Watermelon seeds schematic
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