Amigurumi Crochet Gecko Bookmark – “Book-Gecko”

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Geckos, 50 million years old, everywhere in the world at home and appearing in all colors, shapes and sizes. Geckos are not only curious but too often very clumsy, so that it happens from time to time that they get themself squashed between pages and books when exploring books, bookshelfs and librarys and spend their subsequent life as helpful bookmarks with a shocked look on their faces.

The crocheted bookmark is suitable for all book sizes, whether paperbacks, hardcover or booklets. The perfect companion against ugly dog-ears.

The pictured crocheted Gecko Bookmark has a length from head to end of the tail of 30 cm (11,81 inch) and was crocheted using the “Schachenmayr Catania” and a 2.5 mm crochet hook (there is not an exact US size for this, so use either a slightly smaller B/1 or a slightly bigger C/2 crochet hook if you do not own a 2.5 mm metrich crochet hook). The length of the final Gecko bookmark can easily be adjusted, the pattern will explain where and when you are able to do so.

Amigurumi Crochet Bookmark Gecko

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Gecko Bookmark Crochet Pattern

Needed Techniques

  • Magic Ring
  • Chain Stitch
  • Slip Stitch
  • Single Crochet (SC)
  • Half Double Crochet
  • Double Crochet
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Weave In

Needed Materials and Tools

  • Yarn Colors: The complete Gecko body is crocheted with green yarn, white yarn for the eyes and black yarn for the pupil.
  • 2.5 mm Crochet Hook (US size: B/1 or C/2, 2.5 metric lays exactly in between those two US sizes)
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Polyfill and Scissor
  • The “Schachenmayr Catania” yarn was used crocheting this pattern. The following colors were used: golfgrün/sea green (Nr. 241), weiß/white (# 106), schwarz/black (# 110)

IMPORTANT: This crochet pattern is like almost any other Amigurumi pattern crocheted in spiral rounds, means, you keep crocheting without joining rounds unless said otherwise. Always work a marker in the first stitch of a new round, to know when a round begins and/or ends.

How to crochet the Gecko Head, Body and Tail

You crochet the head, body and tail of the Gecko bookmark in one piece. The head is crocheted in spiral rounds with single crochet stitches, closed with single crochet stitches and continues then in rows and single corchet stitches.

Crochet gecko Bookmark Body

Use the check boxes to mark your finished rounds, rows and steps.

  • You start crocheting the head of the Gecko with a Magic Ring using the green yarn.
  • 1. Round: 6 SC into Magic Ring. (6 stitches)
  • 2. Round: [ 2 SC in next stitch, 1 SC in each of the next 2 stitches (short: 2 SC). ] Repeat 2 times. (8 stitches)
  • 3. Round: [ 2 SC in next stitch, 3 SC. ] Repeat 2 times. (10 stitches)
  • 4. Round: [ 2 SC in next stitch, 4 SC. ] Repeat 2 times. (12 stitches)
  • 5. Round: [ 2 SC in next stitch, 5 SC. ] Repeat 2 times. (14 stitches)
  • 6. Round: [ 2 SC in next stitch, 6 SC. ] Repeat 2 times. (16 stitches)
  • 7. Round: [ 2 SC in next stitch, 7 SC. ] Repeat 2 times. (18 stitches)
  • 8. Round: [ 2 SC in next stitch, 8 SC. ] Repeat 2 times. (20 stitches)
  • 9. Round: [ 3 SC, 2 SC in next stitch. ] Repeat till end of round. (25 stitches)
  • 10. – 12. Round: 3 rounds, each round crochet 25 SC. (25 stitches)
  • 13. Round: [ SC 4th and 5th stitch together. ] Repeat till end of round. (20 stitches)
  • 14. Round: [ SC 4th and 5th stitch together. ] Repeat till end of round. Afterwards fill head of the Gecko with polyfill. Don’t cut the yarn. (16 stitches)
  • 15. Row: Close the head. Press the opening of the head together, so that both rows of stitches lay parallel to each other while the last crocheted stitch is the most right one. Now push the hook through the next stitch AND the stitch directly opposite that first stitch (but not the last stitch you crocheted), yarn over, pull the yarn through both stitches and do 1 single crochet. Repeat this for all opposing stitches but not the last one. The head should now be closed with a total of 7 stitches. DON’T cut off the yarn. Do 1 chain stitch and turn your work. (7 stitches)
  • 16. Row: 6 SC, turn work without chain stitch. (6 stitches)
  • 17. Row: 5 SC, 1 chain stitch and turn. (5 stitches)
  • 18. Row: 5 SC, 1 chain stitch and turn. (5 stitches)
  • 19. Row: 2 SC in next stitch, 3 SC, 2 SC in next stitch, 1 chain stitch and turn. (7 stitches)
  • 20. Row: 2 SC in next stitch, 5 SC, 2 SC in next stitch, 1 chain stitch and turn. (9 stitches)
  • 21. Row: 2 SC in next stitch, 7 SC, 2 SC in next stitch, 1 chain stitch and turn. (11 stitches)
  • 22. Row: 2 SC in next stitch, 9 SC, 2 SC in next stitch, 1 chain stitch and turn. (13 stitches)
  • 23. – 62. Row: 40 rows, each row 13 SC, 1 chain stitch and turn. Last round turn without chain stitch. This part will be the main part of the body. Add more rounds to get a longer bookmark or do less rounds to get a shorter one. 40 rows worked perfect for me, using a 2.5 mm crochet hook and the “Schachenmayr Catania” to fit all my books so the head, the legs and tail were hanging out from the top and the bottom of the book.
  • 63. Row: 12 SC, turn without chain stitch. (12 stitches)
  • 64. Row: 11 SC, turn without chain stitch. (11 stitches)
  • 65. Row: 10 SC, turn without chain stitch. (10 stitches)
  • 66. – 69. Row: 4 rows, each row 9 SC, 1 chain stitch and turn. Last turn without chain stitch. (9 stitches)
  • 70. – 73. Row: 4 rows, each row 8 SC, 1 chain stitch and turn. Last row turn without chain stitch. (8 stitches)
  • 74. – 77. Row: 4 rows, each row 7 SC, 1 chain stitch and turn. Last row turn without chain stitch. (7 stitches)
  • 78. – 81. Row: 4 rows, each row 6 SC, 1 chain stitch and turn. Last row turn without chain stitch. (6 stitches)
  • 82. – 85. Row: 4 rows, each row 5 SC, 1 chain stitch and turn. Last row turn without chain stitch. (5 stitches)
  • 86. – 89. Row: 4 rows, each row 4 SC, 1 chain stitch and turn. Last row turn without chain stitch. (4 stitches)
  • 90. – 93. Row: 4 rows, each row 3 SC, 1 chain stitch and turn. Last row turn without chain stitch. (3 stitches)
  • 94. – 97. Row: 4 rows, each row 2 SC, 1 chain stitch and turn. Last row turn without chain stitch. (2 Maschen)
  • 98. Row: 1 SC, cut yarn and weave in the leftover thread. (1 stitch)

How to crochet the Gecko legs (4 pieces)

The Gecko legs are crochetet from a chain with single crochet stitches, half double crochet stitches and double crochet stitches. Crochet 4 legs in total.

Finished Crochet Gecko Bookmark Legs

  • The legs are crocheted with the green yarn.
  • 1. row: 21 chain stitches. (21 stitches)

Crochet Gecko Legs Step 1

  • 1. toe: First Toe: Crochet 1 double crochet into 3rd stitch from crochet hook, 3 slip stitches.
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th Toe: [ 6 chain stitches, 1 double crochet into 3rd stitch from crochet hook, 3 slip stitches. ] Repeat 3 times.
  • Foot: You finished crocheting 4 toes and one loop is on the hook. Now stitch through the stitch left from the crochet hook between toe #4 (the toe you crocheted last) and toe #3, yarn over and pull the yarn through. Repeat this for the stitch between toe #3 and #2 and between toe #2 and #1. you should have 4 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull the yarn through all 4 loops.
  • Leg: Die folgenden Maschen werden nun wieder auf die Anfangsluftmaschenkette gehäkelt. 5 single crochet along the chain, 3 half double crochet, 6 double crochet. One leg is finished. Cut the yarn generously to attach it later to the body.

How to crochet the Gecko eyes (2 pieces)

The eyes are crochetet in spiral rounds with single crochet stitches. The black pupil is knotted to the eye later on, instructions how to do that will be further down. Crochet in total 2 eyes.

Crochet Rat Eyes

  • Start with a Magic Ring using the white yarn.
  • 1. Round: 5 SC into Magic Ring. (5 stitches)
  • 2. Round: 2 SC in each stitch. (10 stitches)
  • 3. Round: 10 SC. (10 stitches)
  • Fasten off and leave long tail for sewing.

Assemble and finish the Gecko Bookmark

After finishing all crochet parts, you should have an assembly kit in front of you that looks like this:

Amigurumi Gecko Bookmark Assembly Kit

Beine: The legs are sewn to the oblique parts of the body, two on the upper part close to the closed head and two at the beginning of the body-to-tail area. After sewing the legs, cut the yarn, waeve it in and hide the leftover yarn.

By using the double crochet stitches during crocheting the legs they have a slight kink in the middle, so before sewing them to the body position them as you prefer.

Use the pictures as guidance for a good positioning of the legs.

Eyes: Before sewing on the eyes you need to attach the pupil. Take a black yarn with the same strength as the yarn used to crochet the eyes and form a simple circle. Take the black yarn and do a loop into the circle, same as if you would do a simple knot, but don’t tighten it. Do two more of those loops into the circle and slowly pull on both threads to make a big knot.

Pull both threads through the opening in the middle of the eye. Tighten the opening as much so that the knot won’t go through it anymore. Do several knots with the two threads on the inside of the eye, close the opening of the eye so the pupil is not moving anymore. Cut the thread short and repeat the same for the second eye.

Finally sew the eyes on the top side of the head (you decide which side is top and which is bottom, both should look very similar). Place them on the wider part of the head that is still filled with polyfill. Do not sew them on the flat part of the body., Again, use the pictures as guidance for a good position for the eyes. Since the eyes a relatively small you dont need to fill them with polyfill before sewing them on.

And done it is, your own amazing Amigurumi Gecko Bookmark! Be carefull, people like to borrow it and usually never return it. 😉

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