Hurdle Stitch Bookmark
Yesterday evening, I pulled out some Blue Faced Leicester laceweight yarn (purchased from Smashknits) leftover from my Eye of the Storm Shawl project earlier this year. I grabbed a pair of steel 2 mm double pointed needles and cast on some stitches. I recalled a simple stitch pattern I had found via Pinterest a while back. Before I new it, there was a swatch underway.
My sweetie is always looking for another bookmark so I decided to grow my swatch into a bookmark for her. The finished dimensions of my bookmark are 1 7/8 inches wide by 10 inches long (not including the fringes) or about 4.5 cm wide and 25 cm long (not including fringes).
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Materials: A small amount of laceweight yarn. I used a total of 5 grams (between 45-50 yards) of yarn, including the fringes. A pair of short double pointed needles. I used 2 mm but 2.25 or even 2.5 mm (more common needle sizes for sock knitters) would also work as gauge is not critical for this project. If you like a firmer fabric, then a smaller needle size will work better. You will also need scissors, a tapestry needle, and a small crochet hook (1.5 - 2 mm). The crochet hook is for attaching the fringe.
Pattern: Cast on 20 stitches. Proceed in the pattern stitch as follows:
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: (K1, P1), repeat to the end.
Row 4: (K1, P1), repeat to the end.
These four rows make up the Hurdle Stitch. It is simple, but gives a lovely textured fabric.
I did 40 repeats (160 rows), then completed rows 1 and 2 once more before casting off. That's 162 rows of 20 stitches or 3240 stitches! Next, weave in the ends.
To make the fringe, I wrapped yarn loosely around a small notebook 40 times, cutting the yarn at the top and bottom. Using two short strands at a time, I used the crochet hook to pull the loops through the cast on/cast off edges, then pulled the ends through (making a larks head knot). There are about 20 sets on each end. I then used scissors to trim them down to a neat length.
This makes a lovely gift and a great travel project as it is small and the pattern is very easy to remember. I quickly realized that when the right side is facing, I do the opposite of what I did in the previous row, when the wrong side is facing, I repeat what I did in the previous row. This way you only have to look at your previous row to know what you have to do next!
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