With Mother’s Day coming up, I thought I would make a flower bookmark for my Mum.
Living in Switzerland, it isn’t always easy to keep in touch with my family back in New Zealand. Last year I sent flowers, but they only last a few days before sadly fading away.
By sending a Mother’s Day Bouquet bookmark instead of real flowers, she can use it all year round. I hope that every time she uses it, she’ll feel a little closer to me.
As yet, this pattern hasn’t been tested. So if you come across any errors, or need any clarification, please write in the comment section below.
- Small amounts of DK weight yarn in 6 colours. I used Sheepjes Colour Crafter in:
- Delfzijl (green)
- Sittard (light pink)
- Heerlen (purple)
- Hengelo (dark pink)
- Urk (light blue)
- Den Helder (darker blue)
- Size 3.5 crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- A small square of cardboard
Flowers (make 5):
CH 6. Join with a SL ST to the first chain to form a ring.
Round 1: Work 10 SC into the ring made by the CH 6. Join the last SC to the first SC in the round with a SL ST. (10 SC)
Round 2: *CH 3, work 2 DCs in the next SC, CH 3, SL ST in next stitch.* Repeat 4 more times until you have 5 petals. Sl ST to the first SC. (10x DC, 10x CH3)
Finish off and weave in Ends.
Leaves (make 4):
Row 1: 1x SL ST into each of the first 2 stitches. SC in next stitch. HDC in next stitch, DC in next stitch, TR in next stitch, DC in the next stitch, HDC in next stitch, 2x SC in same stitch as HDC.
Row 2: Working on the other side of the CH8, HDC in the same stitch as the 2x SCs and the other HDC (2x SC and 2x HDC in the same stitch). DC in the next stitch, TR in the next stitch. DC in the next stitch. HDC in the next stitch. SC in the next stitch. 1x SL ST in each of the last 2 stitches.
Fasten off, leaving one long end. Weave in other end.
Note 1: I have chosen to use the same green yarn for joining the flowers as I used for the leaves. I have joined the flowers in so no green shows on the front. But if you think you won’t be able to do this, you can always use the same yarn you used for each of the flowers you join.
Note 2: When joining the flowers, I have tried to do it in the most natural way possible so the flowers are not in a completely straight line. I have tried to place the bottom-centre petal of the first flower to the V made by the top-centre two petals of the following flower.
Take a small length of yarn in your colour of choice (see note 1 above) and join your first flower (light pink for me) to your second flower (purple) using only the back loops of the flowers. This should stop the join showing on the front of your work.
Repeat for each of the flowers in your chain.
Taking the loose, unwoven end from the leaf, thread it through the center of the leaf to create a stem (this also strengthens the leaf). Now your yarn should come through the wider, bottom end of your leaf.
Turn your flower chain over and place your first leaf between the first and second flower, on the right-hand side (so it shows on the left of the front of your work).
Stitch the leaf to your flowers, ensuring you only stitch through the back loops of your work. Once secure, repeat for the remaining leaves on alternate sides.
Tail and tassel:
Cut 3 strands of green yarn to the same length. The length is up to you, but I cut my yarn to 30cm)
Thread each strand of yarn through the most central, bottom stitch of your last flower. Thread through until each side of the yarn is the same length.
Plait the yarn and tie off leaving at least 4-5cm of loose yarn at the bottom of the plain
Cut your piece of cardboard to a width of 12cm. Wrap a piece of green yarn around the cardboard around 15 times (depending on how fluffy you want your tassel to be).
Cut the end of the yarn and slip the yarn bundle off the cardboard. Take a new length of green yarn and wrap around the middle of the bundle. Secure with a knot.
Cut both looped ends of the bundle and fold the bundle in half so the knot is in the center of the bundle (but is hidden).
With a new length of yarn, create a slip knot at one end of the yarn. Tie the end with the slip knot around the top of the tassel. Then wrap the yarn tightly around tassel to secure it. Wrap slowly, working from the top of the neck down, so neck threads lie evenly next to one another. When wrapping, make sure the slip knot is still visible
After wrapping neck, pass the end of the yarn through the slip knot and gently pull to close. Thread the end into a yarn needle and thread the end behind the yarn wrapping the neck. Leave longer than the rest of the yarn in the tassel so you can identify it.
Joining the tassel to the tail
Using the yarn needle, thread each of the yarn tails at the end of the plait through the head of the tassel. Turn the tassel upside-down and tie the loose end from wrapping the neck of the tassel, and one of the loose ends from the plait together tightly. Trim the ends of the tassel to the same length.
Now your bookmark is finished! Whether you’re making it for your Mum, a friend or for yourself, I hope it brings a smile to you or your loved one’s face.