Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Charming

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Not bad for a selfie photo.  There’s a bit of lint on my sweater, but I’m not being picky.

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I loved making this.  I loved it so much I made another one for my BFF.  I might make a third, I don’t know, I don’t feel like I’m done with these yet.  

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The charms are a mix of orphaned earrings, pendants, and doodads I made using beads from my collection.   Some of these things I’ve had for a looooong time—that square-ish looking clear dangler at the lower right corner is actually a crystal pyramid pendant I bought in a hippie shop back in 1986, maybe in hopes of cleansing my chakras or something.  That store had Janis Joplin sunglasses and ponchos made of blankets woven in the Andes, and incense burners shaped like the smiling Buddha—all the same stuff you can get at 6T’s now, but at the time, and I was a small-town girl, it seemed so, you know, authentic.  I had just read The Dharma Bums and was looking for Truth and Poetry, trying to care about tea leaves and handmade pottery.    I bought a silver yin/yang ring there, too, for six dollars.  That’s still around here somewhere. 

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You want to get in touch with your inner hippie now, too?  I knew it, you guys are my people.  Okay, you’ll need a #5 steel crochet hook (one of those small, scary-ish ones) and some fingering weight yarn—I used Tahki Cotton Classic Lite.  You’ll also need to make (or procure) about thirty dangly charms.  For most of these, I just poked a headpin through the hole of a bead and wrapped it in a loop at the top, around the tip of some round pliers.  Make sure your crochet hook fits through the loop.  If your loop is too small, add a jump ring.  You’ll also need a two-hole button, with holes big enough for the yarn to fit through. 

Chain 232, and then sl st in 12th chain from hook, making a loop.  Work a whole bunch of scs into the loop, working all the way around it, until the loop is covered and you’re back where you started.  Sl st in the joining ch. 

Sc in next 4 chs, then place a charm.  Do this by sticking the tip of your hook through the loop or jump ring on your charm and then work the sc in the next ch, pulling the yarn through the loop.  *Sc 5, place charm; rep from * to end, sc 4.  Tie a knot, thread the two tails through the holes of the button and tie another knot.  You’re done!

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It wraps four times, then the button goes through the loop to close.  You can make it shorter, or longer, or with fewer charms and more spaces between them, or put a charm in every sc if you wanna.  I tried to write this all down as I went, but the math and/or stitch counts might work out differently when you do it.  Be all hippie about it, all whatever, man.  And I dare you to make just one. 

31 comments:

  1. How lovely boho and eclectic.... Nice way to use bits and pieces with memories.... I like it, it looks very comfortable to wear as well, which is essential to me, I hate to wear stiff, cold hard, metal ones.
    Great idea!

    Ilse

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  2. Oooh I love this Kristen! Right up my alley, I would even wear one around my ankle during summer. Don't think I have that teeny of a hook, need to check on that, but I do have lots of little doo-daddy things to hang on it, including a favorite pair of earrings which just lost it's mate under the car tires in the driveway. Great rainy (snowy) day project.

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  3. Its gorgeous Kristen! Definitely my kind of thing ! I love the idea of using up all my "orphaned earings" I seem to have more than I'd like at the moment! I quite fancy the idea of making a necklace like this xox Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring x Penelope

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  4. Very "hippie"-ish, but in a good way! I've been looking for bracelets lately, but making one myself is sounding more and more attractive, thanks to this. And yes, the "small scary-ish" crochet hooks can indeed be scary. Why must they be so darn small!

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  5. cute and practical, love that you are using up special little pieces!

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  6. Very hippie and gorgeous. Love the fun quirky elements you have added. Excellent recycling.

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  7. Hi, Kristen! What a fabulous idea of a bracelet! I might try it out as I adore all such hippie things! Thanks for kindly sharing with us :)
    Have a great day!
    Anna

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  8. A fab way of using up all those bits and bobs that have fallen off jewellery over the years. Really cool!

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  9. It's absolutely gorgeous!!!!! It can be what ever you want it to be and my sister is going to love this one! Thnkx
    AMarie

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  10. Wow...the hippie era! Brings back tons of memories like being at the orginal woodstock. Gosh I remember watching Janis Joplin sing...Crazy Day! Thanks for the trip back in time, love the braclet, you're so creative.

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    1. Ohmygosh, you were there? That's a story I'd like to hear. :)

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  11. Haha truly hippie! But it seems fun to make :)

    Love, Kirsten

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  12. Am a fellow hippie chick will definitely be giving this a go... thank you x

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  13. thank you!!!! so so nice and happy!!!
    xxx Ale

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  14. Hello Kristen,

    Thank you so much for sharing this , i LOVE IT going to make one or two etc.

    Just my sort of thing.

    Love Sue xxx

    sten

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  15. ☮ Groovy! ☮
    My inner and outer hippie are loving this! :)
    I am allready raiding my jewelry box. Thank you!

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  16. You've certainly got your hippie nerd vibe going with this! Right on! Cool! Far out! But you used 'fingering' where 'hemp' should go :) Wendy

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  17. I love it and my inner hippie does too. I have a bin of beads and findings, I just may join in.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  18. this looks great! I can't crochet but a long friendship bracelet would work just as well I think....

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  19. Brilliant! I can see that these would be really addictive to make! :-)
    Carly
    x

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  20. Lovely! I make a similar crocheted bracelet with washer style ceramic greek beads on but it is well counted and calculated - I should just run with this next time. Thanks.

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  21. Well bracelet is realllllly cool!! Hippie...yes, I'm still there, a lovely place to be in my opinion :-) So glad I stopped by.

    Have a JOYful evening
    janie

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  22. This is just gorgeous! I'm kidding myself that I'm going to have a go and make for my 19 year old but I know I'm going to want to keep it for myself! Thank you so much for sharing x

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  23. Love this! I'm off to scrounge up all those lone earrings I've been saving in the off chance that 6 years later it's mate will show up. Thanks for the fun inspiration!

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  24. Hi Kristen,
    How beautiful this is, I am going to try to make one..your blankets are so wonderful as well.
    Will add you to my blog roll so I can keep being inspired..happy mid week.
    ox
    Dagmar

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  25. I love this bracelet. I'm a bracelet person and have lots and lots, but there is always room for one more. I think using thin twine would be nice too, and perhaps not so stretchy as yarn.

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  26. Love, love, love this! I have a little collection of dangly bits and pieces that can now find a use!

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  27. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! I can think of about 4 friends that I want to make this for now! Thanks!

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  28. lovely, definitely going to try this.

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