Crochet Bookmark Pattern

Green and blue crochet bookmark on a book with notepad, pen and decorative rose to introduce the crochet bookmark pattern

Crochet Bookmark Pattern

Today I have a FREE crochet bookmark pattern for you!

I love to read and often will make notes in the books I’m reading which means having a pen handy is very helpful. That’s where this crochet bookmark pattern comes in! 

It holds a pen or pencil in its cute little pocket and also keeps your place in a book.  This would also be a great addition to a backpack to help a student you know be ready to take notes and learn!

Plus, I’ve created this project to be adjustable so it can work for a variety of book sizes using very basic craft supplies.

Let’s get started on making the Crochet Pocket Bookmark!

Skill Level: Easy

Supplies for the crochet bookmark pattern - blue and green yarn, crochet hook, buttons, needle and elastic


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Size 3 yarn (or DK weight)  – 2 colors – 1 skein of each color is more than enough for one bookmark

(I used Sinfonia by Omega in a variety of colors – click here to purchase)

3.75mm (F) Clover crochet hook

Jumbo tapestry needle by Clover

5” of elastic (I used a matching hair elastic)

3 buttons (16mm)

Optional: Sew-on jewelry charm

Finished Measurements of the Crochet Bookmark: 

Main pocket section = 7 ¼” long x 2 1/4” wide

Each strap is about 5 ½” long before sewing to pocket section

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YO (yarn over)

Hk (hook)

Lp (loop)

Ch (chain)

St (stitch)

Sp (space)

Sc (single crochet)

Sl st (slip stitch)

Crochet bookmark pattern example in blue and green featuring a pocket for a pen and wrapped around a book

Special Stitches:

Back Bar of the Chain = When looking at the right side of a chain, you see many “V’s” and the chain looks like a braid. Turn the chain over and you see a series of bumps – it is in these bumps that you will work across the chain to produce a cord with even edges along both sides

Click here to watch a short video tutorial on my Youtube Channel about this technique

Back Loop Only = Insert hook into back loop of each stitch

Click here to watch a short video tutorial on my Youtube Channel about this technique

Sc join (single crochet join) = With slip knot on hk, insert hk into st; YO, draw up a lp; YO, pull through both lps on hk


Project is worked in the round for the pocket and then worked in rows for the top of the pocket section

Then the straps, elastic and buttons are sewn on

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Crochet Bookmark Pattern:

Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above

Pocket Section:

With main color ch 22

Row 1 of the bookmark in green yarn

Row 1:  Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. Do not turn. (21 sc)

Joining row 1 to work in the round

Round 2:  Now working in rounds and working in the back loop only, sc in 1st sc of Row 1 and in each sc around forming a tube. (21 sc)

Continue working in a spiral until 21 rounds total completed (or “pocket” measures approximately 4 ½” long)

The pocket completed with green yarn

Row 22:  Still working in the back loop only, sc in each of the next 4 sts; Turn. Leave remaining sts unworked.

Starting to crochet above the pocket

Row 23:  Now working in both loops, ch 1; sc in 1st st and in each of the next 8 sts; Leave remaining sts unworked; Turn. (9 sc)

Row 24:  Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.

Rows 25 – 37: Repeat Round 24. Fasten off.  (This section of the project working in rows will measure approximately 2 ½” above the pocket edge)

The pocket section of the bookmark completed with edging


With contrasting color Sc join in any st along the edge of pocket section; sc in each st around making sure to work (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner; join with sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.

The Crochet Pocket Bookmark completed with straps to warp around a book

Straps – Make 2:

With edging color ch 25

Row 1:  Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch and in each ch across. Turn. (24 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn.

Row 3:  Repeat Row 2. Fasten off with a long tail for assembly.

The pocket bookmark joining area shown inside an open book

Assembly and Finishing of the Crochet Bookmark Pattern:

Using photo as a guide sew ends of straps to center of top and bottom of pocket section on the back

Thread elastic onto end of one strap and fold over strap end to form a small loop – sew loop in place

Sew buttons on to other strap end (so on front when project laid flat)

Optional: Sew on decorative charm to front of pocket

Other fun embellishment ideas for this crochet bookmark:

  • Add an embroidered initial
  • Sew on a crocheted mini-heart or flower
  • Sew on a decorative patch
  • Sew on a decorative button
the crochet bookmark pattern made in light and dark pink colors shown wrapped around a blue book

Tada! Your Crochet Pocket Bookmark is complete! 

I hope you enjoyed making this crochet bookmark pattern and using it while you read. Or maybe you made it for a friend who loves to read and take notes? As you can see, it works up quickly and uses very simple crochet stitches. But even though it is simple, there are so many personalization options from color to decorative touches that each one you make can be a special and unique crochet bookmark gift.

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Happy crocheting!


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4 thoughts on “Crochet Bookmark Pattern

  1. Wow I love this bookmark I’m going to make one. I read so much books. And I love bookmarks 🙂🙂🙂🙂

  2. Lovely little project! Thanks for sharing. Just completed it and added it to my notebook I use at work. Perfect for ensuring I don’t loose my pen between meetings

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