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The lazy days of summer lend themselves well to putting your feet up and reading that perfect summer book.  Why not dress up your summer reading with this fun free crochet pattern for the Making Waves Bookmark.

The other day I was sitting beside our local community pool watching the kids participate in their swimming lessons.  You might say that the waves they were creating in the pool were the inspiration for this bookmark.

While reading through my summer reading list (I am a librarian assistant, so the list is fairly extensive!) I realized I wanted a bookmark that was quick and fun to work up.  I also wanted on that was easy to customize with colour and screamed summer!


I feel like this wave and chevron stitch worked perfectly! What do you think?

The wave and chevron stitch is fun to work, can be worked in a variety of colours and is quick! It fit all of my criteria perfectly.

I love making bookmarks!

I love to crochet bookmarks.  They make a great gift to myself, and also friends and family.  Because they work up quickly, they are also great contenders for craft sales.  You can check out a couple of the other bookmarks I’ve designed:

Granny Square Bookmark – Free Crochet Pattern

Chevron Bookmark – A Free Crochet Pattern

Both of these free crochet patterns also include video tutorials.  All are worked with a light weight (#3) yarn.  Enjoy!


The Bookmark:

The Making Waves Bookmark is worked using a lightweight yarn (#3).  In the video I used a Paton’s Grace yarn by Yarnspirations.  You will need 3 colours, and only about eight yards of each.

The pattern is worked lengthwise using a 3.5 mm crochet hook and I have added a tassel to the end.  Somehow I have a hard time envisioning my bookmarks without tassels.

Following the free pattern written out in full below, you will also find a free video tutorial where I demonstrate how I make and attach my tassel.

PDF Copy:

If you would like to add this crochet pattern to your library or purchase a convenient PDF, you may do so from either my Etsy or Ravelry shop linked below:

Click here for the Making Waves Bookmark on Etsy

Click here for the Making Waves Bookmark on Ravelry

Thank you so much for stopping by! Let me know in the comments what books are on your summer reading list this summer!

Until next time, happy crocheting (and reading!)



Making Waves Bookmark:

Skill Level: Easy

Gauge:  N/A

Finished Size: Approximately 1.5 x 8 inches, excluding tassel.

Yarn: Patons Grace® (100% Mercerized Cotton; 1.75 oz, 50 g; 136 yds, 125 m). Light Weight (3). You will need three colours, approximately 8 yards of each.
Hook: Size 4/E (3.5 mm) hook.

Notions: Yarn Needle

Stitches and Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain

Dc – Double Crochet

Hdc – Half Double Crochet

Rpt – Repeat

Sc – Single Crochet

Sc2tog – Single Crochet 2 Stitches Together

Sc3tog – Single Crochet 3 Stitches Together

Sk – Skip

Sl st – Slip stitch

Tr – Triple Stitch

Tr2tog – Triple 2 Stitches Together

Tr3tog – Triple 3 Stitches Together

Yo – Yarn over

Pattern Notes:

  • Pattern is written in American English terms.
  • Pattern is worked in rows lengthwise.
  • Ch 1 at beg of row does not count as stitch.
  • Ch 3 at beg of row counts as a dc.
  • Weave in ends as needed.
  • Tassel embellishment is optional.


Free Crochet Pattern:

With colour A, ch 38.

Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each st across, ch 1, turn. (37 sts)

Row 2: Sc in the 1st st, * hdc in the next st, dc in the next st, 3 tr in the next st, dc in the next st, hdc in the next st, sc in the next st; rpt from * across, switch to colour B, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: With Colour B, Sc2tog over the 1st 2 sts, sc in each of the next 2 sts, * 3 sc in the next st, sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc3tog over the next 3 sts, sc in each of the next 2 sts; rpt from *across to the final 2 sts, sc2tog over the final 2 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Repeat row 3.  Switch to colour C.

Row 5: With Colour C, Ch 3, sk the 1st st, tr in the next st (Counts as a tr2tog), * dc in the next st, hdc in the next st, sc in the next st, hdc in the next st, dc in the next st**, tr3tog over the next 3 sts; rpt from * ending the last rpt at the **, tr2tog over the final 2 sts, ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Sc in the 1st st and in each st across.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

OPTIONAL: Make tassel in desired colour and affix to the end of the bookmark.

Video Tutorial:



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  1. cheryl heming says:

    Sarah, I love all your Bookmarks, they are so pretty. Thank you for the patterns.

    1. RichTexturesCrochet says:

      You’re very welcome Cheryl! Thank you for following them 🙂

  2. Patti Forcier says:

    I need a bookmark a little longer. Will 43 chains to start with work? Or should I use an even number of chains to start?

  3. When you say “triple stitch” “tr”, is that the same thing as triple crochet?

    1. RichTexturesCrochet says:

      Yes 🙂