Last week I forgot to celebrate my three-year blogiversary, so I decided to post a little bookmark pattern as a belated celebration. If you make one, let me know--I'd love to see it! I named it after Neal's favorite spot on Cape Cod as books and the end of summer and beaches seem meant for each other.
Here's the pattern if you want a little bookmark of your own.
If you haven't tried hairpin lace before, there is an excellent tutorial at Stitch Diva. Hairpin lace was my first fiber craft. I made my boyfriend an afghan when I was 14. He moved on with the blanket, but I was hooked on fiber!
Set the loom's prongs to a 1.5 inch width. Begin, being careful to keep center of strip aligned properly. When you have 60 loops on each side, cut the yarn and tie off.
Next, with working yarn, SC (single crochet) every two loops together. Repeat on opposite long side. Leave long tails on each end.
Using those tails, SC 5 on either side of the bottom and top loops. Weave in ends and block lightly.
Meanwhile create a tassle. I like the one in Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Once the bookmark is dry, attach the tassle. I made a SC chain that I looped through the tassle's chain, but you could also leave a really long tail on the bookmark and use that to wind the head of the tassle, thereby attaching it.
I plan to try this pattern in linen next--tres elegant for a gift. I may even get into some beading with this!
Please let me know if you have any questions about the pattern. This is the first time I've written up a pattern to share publicly, and I want to make sure there are no problems! Enjoy!