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10 Fun & Free Bookmark Patterns Make Delightful Gifts for Eager Readers

Offer the voracious readers in your life a charming gift with these free knitting patterns for bookmarks

Do you have a bunch of scraps of leftover yarn, particularly in DK weight or thinner?

Would you like a quick and fun way to use up some of those scraps?

Would you like those ways to be exceedingly practical–especially for anyone who loves to read?

If so, this collection of free knitting patterns for bookmarks may be just what you need!

What could be a better quick-knitting gift for an eager reader than a bookmark? And what could be better for you, as a knitter with many projects to work on, than knitting up one or more adorable bookmarks for the readers in your life that you love?

I’ve sorted these bookmarks into two categories. The first category are bookmarks that appear to be miniature articles of clothing–so cute!

And the second category consists of, well, everything else. You’ll find everything from a tiny bunting full of leaves to a bookmark that appears to be stamped with a spinal cord. (Yes, really!)

1. Tiny Clothing Turned Bookmarks

Fingerless Mitts Bookmark

  • What you’ll need to make it: Scraps of fingering weight yarn; US Size 1 needles (can be any type, as bookmark can be knitted flat or in the round); stitch markers
  • Why you’ll want to: Yes–these are literally and actually tiny “fingerless mitts” on a string, used as a bookmark. It’s so cute, don’t be surprised if your kiddo recipient tells you his or her friends want their own!

A whole slew of Harry Potter bookmarks:

Hogwarts Double-Knitted Bookscarves

  • What you’ll need to make them: Small amounts of sock yarn in “house colors”– burgundy and gold, green and white, yellow and black, or blue and bronze; US Size 0 needles
  • Why you’ll want to: These gorgeous bookscarves look like they’re made with complicated colorwork, but these are made with double knitting–far easier than colorwork!

Harry Potter Double Knit Bookscarf

  • What you’ll need to make it: Small amounts of sport weight yarn in “house colors” (see the previous pattern for colors); US Size 3 needles
  • Why you’ll want to: Double-knitted like the other bookscarf pattern, this is a simpler bookmark that will fly off your needles in a flash, yet still be delightful for any Harry Potter fan!
Dobby-Style Sockmark
Dobby-Style Sockmark
Photo: Dee Frey

Dobby-Style Sockmark

  • What you’ll need to make it: Small amounts of fingering weight yarn in two colors; US Size 2 DPNs or circular needles (depending on how you prefer to knit in the round)
  • Why you’ll want to: The great thing about this pattern is that it doesn’t scream “Harry Potter”–it’s literally just a small but long knitted tube with sock-feet at each end. Adorable for anyone, Harry Potter fan or not!
Pirate Bookscarf - Hillmorrr on Ravelry
Pirate Bookscarf
Photo: Hillmorrr on Ravelry

Pirate Bookscarf

  • What you’ll need to make it: Scraps of black and white (or any two contrasting colors) fingering weight yarn; US Size 0 needles
  • Why you’ll want to: You know a child (or an adult, for that matter) who is absolutely obsessed with pirates and pirate stories!

2. Other Bookmarks To Make You Smile

Door Thongs

  • What you’ll need to make it: Scraps of worsted weight yarn; US Size 4 needles (can be circular or straight) plus DPNs (for I-cord)
  • Why you’ll want to: I just love the name of this pattern. It has perhaps endless uses, but it can definitely be used as a bookmark! (As a bonus, it could hang from a doorknob when not in use.)
Broomstick Bookmark
Broomstick Bookmark
Photo: LadyFelix on Ravelry

Broomstick Bookmark

  • What you’ll need to make it: Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in yellow and brown; US Size 5 needles
  • Why you’ll want to: Because it’s so stinking cute and extraordinarily quick to make!
A Leaf in the Book
A Leaf in the Book
Photo: KristineHG

A Leaf in the Book

  • What you’ll need to make it: Scrap yarn in any weight up to worsted; needles to match the gauge of the yarn
  • Why you’ll want to: It’s a little like keeping a few leaves to keep your place in a book, only far less practical and little chance of disintegration and mess! This pattern is available in both English and Norwegian. (When you download from Ravelry, the English pattern will say “leafbook.pdf,” while the Norwegian version will say “bladiboka.pdf.”)

Crayon Bookmark

Crayon Bookmark - Twins Knit
Crayon Bookmark
Photo: Twin Knits
  • What you’ll need to make it: Scraps of DK-weight yarn in a bright, primary color and beige; US Size 4 needles
  • Why you’ll want to: How perfect is this project for back-to-school? This makes a great gift for kiddos, especially those who love to color.

Backbone Bookmark

  • What you’ll need to make it: Small amounts of fingering weight yarn; US Size 2 needles; cable needle (or spare DPN)
  • Why you’ll want to: This pattern really does create a bookmark that looks like it possesses a spine! If you like to knit cables, you’ll love this pattern. If you’re not familiar with cable knitting, this is the perfect pattern to practice with!

Any or all of these bookmark patterns are the perfect way to use up leftover scrap yarn in a fun yet practical way–and they make great gifts!

10 Free Bookmark Patterns

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