Bookworm-y [A Bookmark Pattern]

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OK, so calling it a "pattern" might be a bit much.  The knitting itself is crazy-easy, but there is one little step at the end that really makes it neat.  (And sort of worm-like, if you picture a worm squeezing in and out to move along the earth.)

Here's what you do:

Using about size 4 needles and worsted weight yarn, cast on 9 stitches.  Slip the first stitch (knit-wise), and work in seed stitch starting with a purl.  (So, sl 1, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, k.)  The next row, and every row thereafter, keep slipping the first stitch and continue working in seed stitch.  Go until the bookmark is about 6 inches long, and then cast-off.

But don't weave in the ends yet!

Instead, wet the bookmark thoroughly in cold water.  Pin the top edge to a sturdy blocking surface, and pull the other end down to make the bookmark about 8 inches long.  Pin the other end, and leave the bookmark alone for several hours, until it dries.

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See what that little stretch does?  It makes the sort of lumpy seed-stitch look even and elegant, and it gives the bookmark just a teensy bit of a flared shape at the ends.  Lovely!

Once it's all dry, remove the pins, and weave in the ends.  If you need a book to enjoy it with, may I recommend Notes from a Blue Bike?  I spent last week listening to the audio book and very much enjoyed it!