Saturday, March 20, 2010

Week Twelve: Placeholder

This week's pattern was born because sometimes I just get tired of using my junk mail as bookmarks. I decided to make something that would be just as handy, only prettier.

The yarn is left over from a pair of gloves I made for my mom when I was just learning how to knit. I should make her new ones. Hmm.

This is worked in 2x1 broken rib, which is my new favorite all-purpose stitch pattern: it's super easy, but not boring, and gives a nice depth to whatever I happen to be knitting. Of course once you understand the construction of the bracelet/bookmark (which you can probably do by looking at the picture), you can substitute any stitch pattern you like.


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Placeholder is a bracelet that doubles as a bookmark. The pattern is easy to memorize and the size is easy to adjust.

Yarn: You will need approximately 80 yards of a fingering-weight or lighter yarn for best results. (Pictured: Lucy Neatby Celestial Merino Dream Multi-Color in Blue Vesuvius – fingering, 1 skein / 100g / 350 yards, 100% merino)

  • US size 5 needles
  • tapestry needle
  • one 1” button
Gauge: 1 inch = 6 sts / 7 rows in 2x1 broken rib (but gauge isn't terribly important for this.)

Sizing: The finished bracelet should wrap around your wrist twice, or fit neatly once around the average trade paperback. The bracelet pictured is approximately 2” wide and 15” long. Adjust to suit your needs.


  1. I just wanted to say I noticed the book you are marking is Cotillion by Georgette Heyer. Are you a Heyer fan too???

  2. Lynda - yes and no. I just love some of her work (Cotillion and A Civil Contract are a few favorites), and can't make it through some of the rest. I tried to read Lady of Quality and couldn't make it more than a couple of chapters. I just got sick of the characters insulting one another and not much else happening!