I have to admit, I love my Kindle. But sometimes I like to read a real book with paper pages, and for that I need a bookmark–preferably one that’s handmade.

My grandmother made crocheted “bookworms” like these back in the 1970s. I relied on my memory to re-create her design to make these cute little guys. I’m not sure if my grandmother used pompoms on her bookworms, but I couldn’t resist!

This project perfect for using up scraps from your yarn stash. (As you can see, I’m down to my last yards of magenta.) The instructions are simple, and each bookworm takes just minutes to make. I used worst-weight yarn and a size G hook, but you can experiment with whatever supplies you have on hand. Here’s the pattern:

Chain 60, place a marker, and then chain 43 more stitches. Make 3 double crochets in the third chain from the hook and in each stitch across, until you reach the marker. Remove the marker, 1 half-double crochet in the chain stitch that was marked, make 1 single crochet in the next chain, slip-stitch in the next chain, and fasten off.

When you adjust the double crochets so they spiral, your bookworm should look like the one in the photo above.

Make a pompom for each bookworm and tie it to the tail, then weave in any loose strands of yarn. See how easy that was? And kind of addicting, right? If you get carried away and make more bookmarks than you need, you can use them as gifts for your favorite human bookworms.

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