Fern Crozier Book Mark

Hi–I’m aware that making a fern crozier book mark might not be high on your list of priorities, but if you crochet and are looking for a small but fun project, this could be for you. My own excuse for making these is that I have half a dozen books about ferns, but the real reason to make them is that they are quick and fun. A fern crozier, by the way, is the tightly curled frond of an emerging fern. As it grows the frond uncurls. Mathematicians would say that the curled frond is a circular helix, and there is a strange satisfaction to crocheting one.

Fern Crozier Book Mark

Materials: A small amount of green crewel yarn, a size F crochet hook, a large-eyed needle, and a pair of scissors.

Close up of coiled heads.

To make: Make a chain of 45 chain stitches. Then yarn over, and starting in the third chain from the hook, pick up loops from the next two chains. Yarn over and pull through all four stitches on the crochet hook. Do this 11 more times. The stitches will start to curl around. Then, crochet three half double crochets*, seven single crochets, and 12 slip stitches. Cut yarn. Place the fern crozier face down on a flat surface. Split a length of the yarn into its three strands. With one strand and the needle, on the back of the fern crozier sew the curves together, only sewing through the back loops of the stitches. See photo to clarify this. Fasten off. At the other end of the crozier, the cut ends can either be pulled through the stitches with a crochet hook, or you can use a single strand of yarn to oversew them. I found the latter to be the easiest way to deal with the cut ends. Then place the crozier face down on an ironing board, and steam it lightly with a steam iron. (Try not to actually press down on the wool. Hold the iron just above the fern crozier,  and allow it to steam.) Allow to cool.

*To make a half double crochet: Yarn over hook, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over hook, pull through one stitch, yarn over again, pull through all three loops on hook.

You can make a longer book mark by starting with a 55-stitch chain, and then just adding more slip stitches at the end.

If you enjoy all things “fern,” check out my May 17, 2012 post on “Pteridomania.”

An ebony spleenwort.

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