Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Cat in the Hat Bookmarks

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.
Blue Strand

Attach blue yarn with a slip stitch to the bottom red seam of the hat (the part you just closed).

Chain 45

Finish off


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.  

Linked to: Five Days Five Ways Friday Free for All

Also linked the Moogly Blog’s Hookin’ on Hump Day Link Party.

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Crystelle Boutique - March 6, 2013 - 12:10 am

This is just adorable! I am so pinning!
Thank you for sharing… :)

hugs x

eaca71997 - March 6, 2013 - 8:57 am

Thank you for stopping by!!

Debi - March 9, 2013 - 11:02 pm


eaca71997 - March 9, 2013 - 11:59 pm

Thanks so much! These were super fun to make.

Sara - My Merry Messy Life - March 11, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Wow, what an excellent photo tutorial! So glad to have you join our Hookin On Hump Day party. I love this pattern, too. Great job!

eaca71997 - March 11, 2013 - 7:34 pm

Thanks so much Sara! I love your link party – always great patterns and posts shared!

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Corina Gray - March 13, 2013 - 9:05 am

My daughter is already asking me to make her one! thanks so much for sharing!

eaca71997 - March 13, 2013 - 9:07 am

How fun! Would love to see a picture if you do!

DeAnna. Groves - March 13, 2013 - 11:10 am

These are adorable! I came over from Moogly! Hi there.

eaca71997 - March 13, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Thanks so much! And thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Kim - April 18, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Fantastic!! Thanks! What a user friendly pattern :)
I made one in no time at all for a friend of mine who LOVES Dr Seuss!
& am going to make another 2 for my daughters as we have the whole Dr Seuss collection!

Sabrina - August 8, 2013 - 5:56 pm

I’m going to use this pattern and change it slightly to turn it into a pacifier leash. My friend is doing a Dr. Seuss theme for her baby shower and baby room. I think this will be cute!

JP - August 29, 2013 - 7:23 pm

I’m trying this out but I’m having trouble. I’m a beginner and have gotten to round 3. At the end it has ch1 (8). I get that I chain one but what does (8) mean? I’m sure this is easier than I’m making it, but until I do one it’s hard! Any help would be appreciated. Is there a video tutorial on it?

eaca71997 - August 29, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Hi there, I don’t have a video tutorial. However, the (8) indicates that there should be 8 stitches when you finish that row. It’s just to help you keep track that you’re not adding or dropping stitches from row to row.

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Debbie - January 14, 2014 - 1:59 am

This is so cute, I am going to make them for my team of Special Education teachers. I have gotten to row 5 and I am not sure if that is to be in red or white?

eaca71997 - January 14, 2014 - 9:43 am

Looks like round 5 is in red and you draw up the white on the last stitch of the round. Let me know if you have any other trouble. Thanks!

Carmie - March 6, 2014 - 5:31 pm

I love these. Thank you for sharing and provide a free pattern. We are starting reading programs with our therapy dogs and I am an avid crocheter. I am looking forward to being able to make some of these to provide for the kids at our events. Again thank you so much, C

Nichole - March 7, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Such a cute book mark. I wanted to know if I could make these for my sons school?
Thank you!

Tami - March 12, 2014 - 5:53 pm

I love crocheting bookmarks, this is next on my list. Thank you for sharing! Can’t resist the Cat In The Hat!

Lee Ann - December 6, 2014 - 7:09 pm

Love this pattern! I made three for stocking stuffers for my young nieces for Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Terri - January 9, 2015 - 9:49 pm

Great book marker.

Pam - February 2, 2016 - 11:44 pm

Thank you for a darling pattern. I’m making some for my grandkids’ teachers. The problem I have is what to do with the yarns from dropping off and starting again. So I end up with a half inch red, whit, red yarns. Do I cut them? Do I turn the whole project inside out? The instructions say not to cut them but pick them up after two rounds. Is this the inside of the project? It seems ubdesirabe to have them in the outside. Please help. Nobody else asks this so I’m feeling bike in doing it wrong

Theresa H - March 6, 2016 - 9:04 am

What a wonderful project. I’m just learning to crochet and made 25 of these for my son’s 3rd grade class for Dr Seuss day. The kids loved them and I got to practice many new stitches. Thank you for sharing and boosting a newbies confidence

Catina - March 12, 2016 - 1:04 pm

I did carry the yarn on the inside of the project. I did not crochet over it – just picked it back up when I got back around to that color at the end of the round. It’s all hidden inside the hat in the end. On the last round of each color I crocheted over the tail to finish off I believe (though it’s been a while since I made one). Let me know if that helps. :)

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