October 23, 2012

Make Your Own Bookmark!

   For all old-fashioned book readers like me! A book is lovely gift any time of the year! Adding handmade bookmark would certainly make it more personal and special!

10 major benefits of reading:

1. Makes you more creative!
2. Enhance smarts!
3. Reduces stress!
4. Greater tranquility!
5. Improve analytical thinking!
6. Increase vocabulary!
7. Improve memory!
8. Improve writing skills!
9. Helps prioritize goals!
10. Develops imagination!

You need:                                                

- straight needles 3 mm
(UK 11/US 2½)
- yarn for knitting needles 3mm
-fabric paint

CO – cast on
BO – bind off
k – knit
p – purl
st st- stockinette stitch
m1 – make one

Coffee cup:

CO 10 sts. (CO edge is the bottom of the cup)

Row 1: p

Row 2: k1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1 (12 sts)

   Repeat these two rows till you get 18 sts totally, then st st 7 rows. Knit next row instead purl (wrong side), knit one more row and bind off (wrong side). Don’t cut the yarn; CO 2 sts and st st about 1 ½ inch and bind off (this would be the cup handle). Leave long end of the yarn. Sew to the coffee cup. 
NB! Iron the coffee cup!

CO 6 sts using oat color yarn.

Row 1: p

Row 2: k1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1 (8 sts)

Row 3: p

Repeat till you get 10 sts. St st 3 rows and bind off.

Using fabric paints make spots and write "TEA" or just embroider it (or cut a piece of fabric to decorate).

This pattern is for personal use, knitting pleasure and fun.You are not permitted to sell whole or part of it.