A "Mary" Original Pattern


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"Lace Bookmark"

Photos Courtesy of Mary [Cinders47]

Mary gave us these wonderful bookmark patterns. I know you will enjoy knitting this little project as much as Mary and I did.

Happy Knitting...Enjoy
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Difficulty Rating: Moderate
Techniques: Knit, Purl, Yarn over, Knit 2 together, SSK.

Crochet cotton #10 or fingering or lace weight yarn
US Size 2 straight knitting needles
Needlework Stiffener [optional]
[I provided a link with several options to make this]

Plastic wrap  [optional]
Rustproof pins  [optional]
6" x 12" piece corrugated cardboard  [optional]
Old paintbrush  [optional]

K2tog = knit 2 sts together
LH = Lef-Hand
RS = Right Side
RH = Right-Hand
SSK = Slip, Slip, Knit: Slip one stitch as if to knit, slip another stitch as if to knit, stick point of left needle in two slipped stitches in front of the right needle and knit together through back loops.
Sts = Stitches
WS = Wrong Side
YO = Yarn Over

Stitch Pattern:
Row 1 [RS]: K1, p1, ssk, [yo, k1] 3 times, yo, k2tog, p1, k1 [13 sts]
Row 2 [WS]: K2, p9, k2 [13 sts]
Row 3: K1, p1, ssk, k5, k2tog, p1, k1 [11 sts]
Row 4: K2, p7, k2 [11 sts]

Cast On 11 sts

Knit 2 rows
Work rows 1-4 for pattern.
Work until piece measures 6" from beginning, ending with Row 1.
K1 row on WS. There will be 13 sts.
Dec Row: [K2tog] twice, k next 5 sts, [k2tog] twice. Bind Off remaining 9 sts in knit on WS.

Finishing & Stiffening For All Bookmarks:
Weave in loose ends. Press piece flat with press cloth covering item. 

Lay bookmark on plastic-covered cardboard. Stretch and pin bookmark accentuating points at bottom and top of bookmark. Brush with stiffener. Poke a hole at bottom to accommodate a double strand of thread. Let dry.
Cut double strand of thread or yarn  11" long. Fold in half with loop at one end. Twist thread using a pencil until cord begins to double back on itself. Thread through hole. Fold in half and let cord double on itself forming a twisted cord. Tie a knot in end of cord. Fray and brush threads after knot.

F&F bookmark pattern
Variation 1:

I did this one with a garter stitch row and a pointy finish. The variation is : - work rows 1, 2 and 3 as pattern, row 4 knit all sts.
Repeat until desired length finishing on 2nd row of pattern.
next row: K2tog twice, k5, K2tog twice.[9sts]
next row: K2tog twice, k1, k2tog twice [5 sts]
next row: K2tog, k1, K2tog [3sts]
Draw thread through 3 sts and finish of.
Its a bit different...

Variation 1


Variation 2: Cast on 13sts and K2 rows.
1st row: k2, yo, k3, sl 1, k2tog, psso [pass slip st over the k2tog], k3, yo, k2.
2nd and every alt row: k2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
3rd row: k3, yo, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yo, k3.
5th row: k4, yo, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k4.
7th row: k5, yo, sl1,  k2 tog, psso, yo, k5.
8th row: as 2nd.
These 8 rows form the pattern, continue until approx 6 inches [8 patt repeats] ending on row 8.
K 2 rows.
Next row: k2, k2tog, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2tog, k2 [9 sts]
next row: k2, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2 [7 sts]
next row: k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1 [5sts]
next row: k2tog, k1, k2tog [3sts]

Run yarn through 3 sts and draw up. DON'T darn in end of yarn as you will need it later!

Make a cord of approx 5 - 6 inches and use end of yarn to sew to gathered end.

NOTE: Because of the type of pattern used it tends to curl in so it will need pressing - this however defines the pattern even more IMHO. The pattern is called 'fishtail' or 'vandyke pattern.'



Variation 3: Pattern follows: -

CO 13 sts and knit 2 rows.
1st row: k3, yo, k2, sl 1 k2 tog psso, k2. yo, k3
2nd and every alternate row: k2, p9, k2
3rd row: k3, yo, k2, p3tog, k2, yo, k3.
repeat until desired length - approx 6 inces, ending with row 1 or 3.
next row: k2, k2tog, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2tog, k2 [9 sts]
next row: k2, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2 [7sts]
next row: k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1 [5sts]
next row: k1, k3tog, k1 [3 sts]
draw yarn through the 3sts .... don't cut yarn at this stage.
Make a twisted cord and use end of yarn to sew to the gathered top.
Darn in ends.
Press to flatten.

Note: the p3tog on 3rd row gives a little 'knot' but the 1st row can be substituted or use a k3tog if you think it is better.