Lemon Peel Crochet Bookmark

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I am trying to go through my yarn stash this year instead of buying more yarn, and I had a box full of crochet thread. Now I had gotten all of these skeins with the intention of making some beautiful intricate crochet shawl patterns I had found on Etsy, but like all other big projects it just doesn’t happen.

So I was trying to think of a quick and easy project that would be useful for the thread and while reading a book I picked up at the library (btw, Life after Life by Kate Atkinson is gooooood) I was getting tired of using my check out slip as a bookmark. Then it hit me, crochet thread makes thin projects, and that could be a perfect bookmark in the making.

So I grabbed some small crochet hooks and decided to use the crochet lemon peel stitch to create this quick and easy bookmark pattern.

Lemon Peel Stitch Crochet Bookmark in Purple with Braid on End

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Finishing Touches

Now this pattern covers making the bookmark, but not any finishing touches like fringe.

You can use the bookmark as is, or you can add a tassel or anything else you would like.

My two favorite things to do for these were either fringe all across the bottom, or make a small braid for the top of the bookmark.

All 3 crochet bookmarks, one with fringe on the end and two with braids and a tassel


  • This crochet pattern is written in US terms.
  • Finished size is 7 inches long x 2 inches wide
  • To change the length you can adjust the length of the starting chain, it just needs to be an odd number.
  • To change the width you can adjust the number of times row 2 is repeated.
  • Initial chains at the start of each row do not count as a stitch 


  • 25 yards of a Size 3 Crochet Thread (not including fringe or tassels)
  • Yarn Used: Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet (Size 3)
  • 3.00 mm crochet hook 
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Markers (Optional)

Crochet Stitches & Abbreviations:

Crochet Bookmark Video Tutorial

Written Pattern

Foundation Chain: ch 37

Row 1:  (working in the back bump) sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in the next ch, * sc in the next ch, dc in the next ch, repeat from * all across (the last st of the row should be a double crochet)

Finding the Back Bumps on a Chain

Rows 2 – 8: ch 1, turn, sc in the 1st st, dc in the next st, * sc in the next st, dc in the next st, repeat from * all across (the last st of the row should be a double crochet stitch)

Border: ch 1 (do NOT turn), * sc evenly down the short side of the bookmark, sc 3x in the corner, sc in each st down the long side of the bookmark, sc 3x in the next corner, repeat from * 1 more time, sl st to join once you reach the 1st st of the border

Fasten off and weave in ends.

You can add a tassel or fringe at this point.

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