Super quick DIY Gift :: Hand-Knit or Crochet a Bookmark

 "Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time." -- Douglas Coupland

"Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time." -- Douglas Coupland

Well, Christmas is in less than a month and you need a quick gift.  You like to personalize what you give.  A book is a great gift, but you can make it stellar with a hand-knit or crocheted bookmark. These are super simple, beginner basic and will take less than one hour each.

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To make the knitted one with the button -

You will need: 

Patons Grace Cotton
size 4 knitting needles
tapestry needle
scissors
button
 

Cast on 55 stitches. Work in Seed Stitch. Continue working in seed stitch until you've knitted an inch. Bind off all stitches. Sew in the ends with a knitting needle.  Stitch on a large button. This tagua nut one is from a friend's company - One World Button Supply Co.  Lucky me to have such a friend, she sent me a box of buttons for Christmas one year.  I love each of them.  You may want to block your bookmark or iron it lightly with a steam iron. This will make it look crisper.

The crochet one is nearly as simple:

Patons Grace Cotton
Size B crochet hook.
tapestry needle
scissors

Chain 50.  Turn and work a DC into each chain. *Chain 2 at end of row, Turn and work a DC into each stitch.*  Work from * to * for one more row.  Then turn and work a row of scalloped stitches. Make 1ch, 1sc into first st * Miss skip 1, 7DC into next stitch, skip 1, 1sc into next st ** repeat from * to **.  Cut thread, pull through last loop, sew in all tails.  Again, press or block.