Book Thong

Dec 29, 2005
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by Donna Hulka

Introduction

book thongRecycle those paper bookmarks you get for free at the bookstore. Chuck those decrepit woven things you've kept since childhood. Take a few minutes to crochet yourself a simple, elegant book thong that will make you feel like the sophisticated intellectual you know you are.

Materials List

Small amount of size 10 cotton crochet thread

Size 7 (1.65 mm) steel crochet hook

Beads that will fit snugly over the crocheted chain (center hole of approximately 2mm)

book thong in actionStitch marker

Needle with an eye large enough for the crochet thread

Finished Size

One size.

Notes

When you make a chain, the front looks like a series of Vs (and each V has a top and bottom loop) and the back looks like a series of bumps that forms a spine or ridge.

US pattern notations used
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet

The Pattern

Up one side:

figure 1You’re starting at the bottom (tassel end) of the bookmark. Leave a long tail, about 12 inches, because you’ll need room to do a little stitching with it later. Chain 150. Thread your top bead (the bead you’ve chosen for the non-tassel end of the bookmark) onto the chain from the tail end and bring it close, but not all the way, to the working end.

And down the other:

figure 2Working back down the chain on the other side of the bead, inserting your hook through both the top loop and back ridge (Figure 2), sl st into a chain stitch that will allow the chain to wrap gently and snuggly around the bead (Figure 3). (Note: Inserting through both the top loop and back ridge on this ch makes the joining near the bead more secure.) Sl st, inserting your hook through the back ridge only, in the next ch and in each ch across until you have about three inches of chain left. Remove your hook and place a stitch marker to hold the last stitch (you’ll come back to this later). Thread thfigure 3e rest of your beads on from the tail end and push them up to the stitch marker (Figure 4).

 

 

 

 

figure 4

Make ring for tassel:

Insert your hook in the 8th chain from the tail (Figure 5) and pull the tail through to form a ring (Figure 6).

figure 5   figure 6

Insert your hook through the same chain and pull the tail through again, pulling it gently snug to secure it. Insert your hook through the same chain a third time and pull the tail through, leaving a loop rather than pulling it tight; insert your hook in the loop (Figure 7), sc into the ring (Figures 8 and 9), and finish off.

figure 7

figure 8    figure 9

The ring just made is where you will insert the tassel later. Push your beads down to the sc just made (Figure 10).

figure 10

Finish going down the other side:

Remove the stitch marker and continue to sl st in the back ridge of each chain until you reach the beads, and finish off. (Figure 11). Work in ends with a needle.

figure 11

Add tassel:

Cut 16 pieces of thread, each 8 inches long. Holding all strands together, fold in half, insert J hook into ring and draw the fold through, draw the loose ends through the loop made by the fold and gently tighten. Trim evenly to desired length.

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Nano wrote
on Jun 20, 2006 6:24 PM

Love the Book Thong. Terrific tutorial. Made 2 already. Great alternative to the usual flat bookmark.

Mary wrote
on Oct 11, 2006 8:42 AM

Great idea! I plan to make some for people in my class. Thanks tons for sharing.

Carmen wrote
on Dec 3, 2006 4:53 PM
what an ideal idea (pun intended)finally something to use beads I've been hanging on to. A few yards of thread, a hook, no book voila easy, quick usable gifts.
Much thanks,

Me,

Anonymous wrote
on Jan 10, 2007 12:54 PM

great pattern. I'm making some for the book club I'm in. thanks for sharing

lacey wrote
on Jan 15, 2007 7:52 PM

Hi. This is such a cute and easy book marker to make. The only thing i did differently was i threaded the loose ends into the tassle and then placed a small knot right above the beads by the tassle to keep them in place.

Princesstefer wrote
on Mar 20, 2007 2:39 PM

I've probably made about two dozen of these, I love them so much. Since I'm primarily a ceramic artist, I've made most of the beads myself out of clay. I made one without a tassel because instead of beads and a tassel I replaced that end with a tiny crocheted teddy bear based on Noreen Findlay's Comfort Bear and I gave it to her when she was going through a rough period. She said it was the first time someone made one of those bears for her. I'll continue to make book thongs for years to come... they are original, easy and fun to make and the finished product is beautiful and practical. Makes a great "just because" gift.

Friday wrote
on Apr 22, 2007 12:49 AM
At 59 I find few patterns that are as well done as this one.It is concise and easy to understand. The pictures are a nice addition and I'm sure a big help to beginners.

Keep Up The Good Work

trilobite wrote
on Mar 19, 2008 8:59 PM

Oh, this is wonderful! I've been looking for a pattern for crocheting some sort of bookmark, but have been coming up a bit short. This is just the thing I wanted.

Now, I just need some thinner yarn and a smaller hook and I'll be all set.

Thank you!

PattiP@11 wrote
on Jun 7, 2008 3:21 PM
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Hi, Great pattern, the pattern looks really easy. Thanks for sharing.

Hookchick wrote
on Jun 10, 2008 1:03 PM

Found some old beads my daughter never did anything with and made about 8 of these bookmarks in a couple evenings. It's a good pattern, and the bookmarks are very sophisticated-looking!

zoesmum wrote
on Jul 12, 2009 1:51 PM

This lovely book mark looks great. I will have a go at this one to give to some of my special friends as it makes for a more personal touch to a gift.

Great design.

Tina and Zoe

Robineliza wrote
on Sep 21, 2009 9:57 PM

OMG this is great .!!!!!

SherryL wrote
on Dec 18, 2009 9:27 AM

OMG, I have been looking for a crochet bookmark with beads on the ends, thought I would have to make up my own (which will never happen :) I am so excited, I can't wait to get started, just have to get some beads with a large enough hole! Thanks you so much for sharing!

badagle wrote
on Jan 30, 2010 6:16 AM

So simple, yet so elegant.  I love them.  And it gives me an excuse to browse in the beads.

alicathomas wrote
on May 8, 2010 8:05 AM

Love this pattern! I make one for each of my "graduating" 5th graders each year. They're quick, look great, and can be personalized so that each child gets a perfectly unique bookmark. Thanks for the great pattern!

walker1021 wrote
on May 10, 2010 8:52 AM

Thank you for sharing this project. These would be perfect to make for a charity group I belong to - to send to the children's cancer center.

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on Dec 31, 2011 6:40 AM

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Cindy12538 wrote
on Mar 15, 2014 7:31 AM

I am an instructor at a post-secondary school and need to do a class presentation for a training class.  Since I have already made several of these for family & friends I will teach my fellow instructors how to make their own.  This works up so fast & is easy enough for a beginning crocheter to feel accomplishment & pride in completing a piece within an hr to an hr and a half, or less, (takes me about 15 min).

Cindy12538 wrote
on Mar 15, 2014 7:31 AM

I am an instructor at a post-secondary school and need to do a class presentation for a training class.  Since I have already made several of these for family & friends I will teach my fellow instructors how to make their own.  This works up so fast & is easy enough for a beginning crocheter to feel accomplishment & pride in completing a piece within an hr to an hr and a half, or less, (takes me about 15 min).

esthermcd4 wrote
on Apr 17, 2014 12:14 PM

Hi, I love this pattern!  I plan on making one for a couple of my friends.  I have a question - do you allow this item to be sold?  I read the license agreement, but am not too educated about legal "jargon".  Thanks much!