I'm currently quite obsessed with all things crochet. It's true. I think that I've been going through some sort of creative identity crisis, and have been searching for something new to try that really feels like me. I've been making the same sorts of things for my shop for so long now, and I've become burnt out. I'm ready for a new direction and some new scenery when it comes to creativity. (It's also felt good to switch up the aisles I frequent at Michaels. Yarn, crochet hooks, tapestry needles…I feel so adventurous! And sometimes lost!)
I've been looking around here and there for simple crochet patterns online—things that I can pick up throughout the day without leaving a huge crafting-trail behind me. (That's one reason I've been eager to try something new; most things I make take up so much room and time. If only I had a crafting room I could leave ridiculously messy!) After taking a quick gander at Pinterest, I was thrilled to find a bunch of things people were crocheting with baker's twine. It's something I have in abundance, for sure. I love me some baker's twine.
I found this tutorial for crocheted heart tags over on CRESCENDOh, and it had me eager to try my hand at making hearts with twine—which led me to create a sweet and simple bookmark. I got way too excited about it, so I thought I'd share:
- To make the heart, I followed the tutorial here. I used regular ol' bakers twine and a size D crochet hook. You could definitely use a slightly larger hook for the same sort of result; using that small of a hook was working my fine motor skills like woah.
- Once I finished the heart, I put the whole spool of twine through the last loop I had created with my hook, and tightened the twine so that I was left with a long string out of the top-center of the heart.
- I figured out how long I wanted my bookmark to be (mine ended up being around 7 inches) and made sure to leave that much room in-between the top of the heart and where I started to crochet the circle.
- To crochet the circle: Using the same strand of twine that is connected to the heart, ch 3, join with sl st to make ring; sc in ring until circle is "full" (for me, this ended up being 11 sc); finish by weaving in the end with tapestry needle (I'm sure there is a better way to do this than the wonky way I did—I need to perfect my newly acquired skills!)
When you're done, you should have a crafty little bookmark that makes your soul happy. And you will probably also want to crochet baker's twine hearts for the next several hours, so be sure not to ignore your husband or children or cat or dog or traffic laws. You have been warned.
If you come across any other tried-and-true newbie crochet patterns, send 'em my way! Please and thank you.