We we’re invited to a lady’s 90th birthday party. The invitation read, “No gifts, please.”
How do you go to such a significant birthday party for a dear, sweet lady, and not bring her something??
I thought for awhile. What do you need at 90 years old? What was something small that I could give her that would fly under the “No gifts, please” radar?
I came up with the idea of a bookmark for her Bible, something she treasured very much. You can never have too many Bible bookmarks. Plus, I knew she liked to read books in general, so a bookmark would be useful and appreciated all the way around.
I had quite a bit of crochet thread, so that was a plus. I needed to create the gift quickly, so it couldn’t be some fancy, take forever pattern!
I created a colorful granny square bookmark first. I liked it, but then thought maybe it would be a little big for her Bible, so I create a second all white, smaller version. I preferred it’s size and simplicity. I couldn’t decide which she would like best, so I gave her both!
Granny Square Bookmark
Crochet thread in your chosen colors – 1 or 3 colors
Note: If you want a smaller bookmark, create each square with just Rows 1 and 2.
Directions – make as many as you want, depending on the size of bookmark you desire
Row 1: Create a magic ring. In ring: Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, *3 dc, ch 3*, repeat *-* twice, join with a sl st to beg ch 3. (4 corners created)
Row 2: Ch 3, (2dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same space (corner made), *ch 1, (3dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch3 space*, repeat *-* twice, ch 1, join with a sl st to beg ch 3.
Row 3: Ch 3, (2dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in same space, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch1 space, ch 1, (3dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch3 corner space*, repeat *-* in pattern around, finish with a ch 1 and sl st to beg ch 3.
Finish off and weave in ends.
Use color C to sew the squares together in a line, using a whip or mattress stitch.
Sl st into any stitch at the bottom of the book mark, ch 1 and sc around the entire outer edge of the bookmark, Sl st into beginning ch 1. Finish off, weave in ends.
I hope your bookmark turns out beautifully. It will make a wonderful gift!