Monday, September 23, 2013

Quickie Beaded Crochet Bracelet

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There isn’t any way around having to wet-block two-stranded knitting, so while I’m waiting for that to dry, I made this little bracelet.  Blair made something similar a few weeks ago, but the technique she used involves having to plan ahead and string the beads onto the cord ahead of time, but I am a lazybones and since I would rather have my teeth drilled than plan something ahead of time, I decided to try and figure out another way.   There are two techniques I know of for adding beads to a knitted object—in one, you string them ahead of time (planning!  ugh!) and in the other, you use a crochet hook to slip the bead over the stitch, and I didn’t see why that wouldn’t work here, too, in crochet.  It worked great, and I made this bracelet in about ten minutes.  Here’s a quickie tutorial for you, in case you want to make one, too:

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I started with one skein of #5 perle cotton, a bunch of cube-shaped metal beads with large-ish holes, and one of those scary-tiny steel crochet hooks our grandmas used to make the lace trim for their petticoats. 

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You’ll want to use a hook large enough to grab the thread but with a small enough hook end to fit through the holes in your beads.  I used a size 5.

Make a slip knot, and chain 7.  In the next chain, add a bead by putting the hook through the hole, then work the stitch as usual—just grab the thread and hook it through both the bead and the loop.  Like this:

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It might be a little fiddly at first, but not too bad.  Chain 7 again, and add another bead.  Keep going until the chain is long enough to wrap around your wrist three or four times, or however long you want it, and join the ends together with a slip stitch.  Cut the end and weave it in.  That’s it.  The cotton is stretchy enough that you should be able to just wrap it around your wrist without having to do any sort of clasp, but if you want one anyway, you could add a loop at one end and a small, lightweight button at the other. 

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This technique works better for me than having to figure out ahead of time how long I want the chain to be and stringing the right number of beads onto the thread in the beginning.  I am a wing-it kind of girl, what can I say.  You are limited by having to choose a bead with a big enough hole for the hook to fit through, but there are more beads in the world than there are blackberries in the bramble, so no big deal.  Happy crafting! 

13 comments:

  1. Kristen I have made several of these, the plan ahead kind. I use thread from the bead store and it makes it a bit more sturdy. I close it off with a loop and a button closure.
    love yours,
    Meredith

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  2. I love that. I've always wondered how to work beads into crochet and there you go. It doesn't look very hard at all.

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  3. Way to go! I always avoided making these because of the stringing-on-the-beads part.

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  4. Aha! That is a great new technique and I am doing my bracelet pattern at my crochet classes next week so I might pinch that idea to show as an alternative. Thanks for sharing that with us. Jo xx

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  5. Thanks for the "How To..." Kristen. I really like the look of your bracelet and appreciate you taking the time to share how you made it. Now will you please make the time for me to follow your directions...no can do? Well at least I can admire your work and hope that one day I may follow your directions :)
    Gracie xx

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  6. That looks really good. One for the 'to try' list..... :-)
    Carly
    x

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  7. The braclet is so funky, fun and seems easy. I'll have to give it a try :0)

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  8. Love it! Simple and no planning involved= my kind of project!
    Sarah x

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  9. I usually wear wrap bracelets (my hands must be wider than average, it's hard to squeeze them through regular bracelets). I look forward to trying this -- it's a technique that might work for me.

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  10. When I saw the first picure I thought it was beautiful, but would be incredibly hard to do, but your tutorial makes it look very straightforward, perhaps I might have a go one day! I did try and crochet a little ring, but the yarn I used was too scratchy, so perhaps this will be a better idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. Hello Kristen,
    love your bracelet, and followed your tutorial was great..made one in about 1/2 hour..I will credit it back to your blog when I post it tomorrow! Thanks a sweet bunch!

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  12. Hello Kristen. I'm SO glad I found your blog (Attic 24) Ain't you generous to share your talent....I think I may try this bracelet very soon.

    Regards

    Jeano

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  13. Just found your blog (posted 4 years ago!) and love the crochet bracelet idea. Think I will try it for my 3 granddaughters ages 14, 15, & 16. Thanks for sharing your talented ideas with the world!

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