Hello, crochet enthusiasts! Today, I’m excited to introduce a beginner-friendly project that not only serves a functional purpose but also adds a touch of handmade charm to your reading routine. Our half double crochet bookmark, adorned with a simple flower, is the perfect quick project for a lazy afternoon.
About the Half Double Crochet Stitch:
The half double crochet (hdc) is a fundamental stitch that sits right between the single crochet and double crochet in terms of height. It offers a bit more texture than the single crochet, making it perfect for projects where you want a tighter weave but a bit of added flexibility.
How to Make the Half Double Crochet Stitch:
- Yarn Over: Start by wrapping the yarn over your hook.
- Insert Hook: Insert your hook into the desired stitch.
- Yarn Over Again: Wrap the yarn over your hook once more.
- Pull Through: Draw the yarn through the stitch. You should now have three loops on your hook.
- Yarn Over: Wrap the yarn over your hook again.
- Complete the Stitch: Pull the yarn through all three loops on your hook. Voilà! You’ve just made a half double crochet.
Let’s Dive Into the Bookmark Tutorial:
- Your choice of yarn
- A crochet hook suitable for your selected yarn
- Measuring tape
- Yarn needle
- Foundation Chain: Begin by chaining as many stitches as needed to reach a length of 30 cm (or adjust for your desired bookmark length).
- Row 1: Half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across.
- Row 2: Chain 2 (doesn’t count as your first hdc), turn your work, and half double crochet in each stitch across.
- Row 3: Repeat Row 2.
- Flower Creation:
- After completing Row 3, slip stitch into the side of that row.
- Switch to a smaller hook.
- Chain 10.
- To form the petals, chain 6 and slip stitch into the 10th chain from the hook. Repeat this step 5 times, creating 5 petals in total.
- Finishing: Slip stitch back along the initial chain.
- Switch back to the larger hook, make a slip stitch into the side of the first row, and finish off.
- Weave in any loose ends.
Happy crocheting, and may your new bookmark accompany you on many literary adventures! 📚🧶✨