Cat in the Hat Inspired Bookmark
Crochet Pattern by Catina Anderson
For the past week or so I’ve been working on a LOT of these adorable little bookmarks. Enough for our third grade class to give to their first grade reading buddies (and keep one too) in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the end of this week. This has been a fun pattern to develop. It took about 7 different tries before I settled on a hat that I felt was the keeper. I wanted to share it here for all of you this week – part of “Book” week for our Project 52: “Focus” on Kindness in case you want to spread some Seuss-inspired joy to the little readers in your life! In case you missed the other Seuss-Inspired project we did this week you can click here. All in all we made about 50 of these. The girls helped with all of the fringe.
Hook Size: G 4 ¼ mm
Yarn: I used Red Heart Yarn in Red and White as well as some Caron Simply Soft in Blue Mint (no special reason for the different type of yarn other than it was what I had in my stash).
Begin: Working with Red and Leaving a long tail (about 6 inches) begin with a magic ring
Round 1: 4 sc into ring then pull the tail to tighten the ring, join with slip stitch to the first sc in the ring to form a circle, ch 1 (4 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around (8), join with sl st to first sc, ch 1
Round 3: working in back loop only sc in each sc around, join with sl st to first sc, ch 1 (8)
Round 4: working in both loops (for this round and subsequent rounds) sc in each sc around, join with sl st to first sc, ch 1 (8)
Round 5: sc in each sc around, join with sl st to first sc in round drawing up white yarn in slip stitch (drop red yarn but do not cut and do not crochet over), ch 1 (with white) (8)
Round 6: with white sc in each sc around, crochet over the loose white tail in the first few stitches, join with sl st in first sc of round, ch1 (8)
Round 7: with white sc in each sc around, join with sl st in first sc of round drawing up your red yarn in the slip stitch, drop the white but do not cut or crochet over, ch1 (8)
Round 8 – 9: with red sc in each sc around, join with sl st to first sc in round, ch1 (8)
Round 10: with red sc in each sc around, join with sl st to first sc in round drawing up white in the slip stitch, dropping the red but do not cut or crochet over the red tail, ch1 (8)
Round 11 – 12: with white repeat rounds 6 & 7
Rounds 13 – 14: with red repeat rounds 8 – 9
Round 15: with red repeat round 10 but chain 2 at the end of the round in white
Round 16: in white, and working in front loop only, hdc in same stitch as joining, 2 hdc in each remaining stitch around. (16) Join with sl stitch in top of initial ch 2. Cut white yarn and finish off white.
Bending the hat: pull on the original tail of red yarn to flatten the top of the hat. Continue pulling to cause the hat to bend a bit at the top and tie a knot to the working strand of red to hold the bend in the hat in place. Stuff the remaining tail up inside of the hat.
Closing the Bottom of the Hat: place the bare hook into the open loop of one of the stitches on the bottom of the hat and through the matching stitch on the opposite side. Pull the working strand of red up through these stitches. Working in matching stitches across the bottom of the hat continue to close by sl st. When the bottom is closed finish off.
Weave in loose red and white ends.
Attach blue yarn with a slip stitch to the bottom red seam of the hat (the part you just closed).
Cut 2 8” strands of each color. (six strands total).
Insert hook through the last chain stitch
Fold the set of 6 strands in half to form a loop.
Pull the loop through the last chain stitch far enough so that you can insert your thumb and forefinger.
Grab the loose tail of the 6 strands and pull them through the loop. Pull tight.
If you have loose loops in the knot portion of your fringe just pull individual strands until they tighten up.
Trim to even.
This pattern was created by Catina Anderson and is free for personal use. Do not copy, redistribute or sell without permission.
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