Monday, February 17, 2014

Pewter Statement Crochet Bracelet


I got so excited making my Beach Glass Crochet Necklace that I decided to make a fun bracelet too.  This pretty bracelet is made using beads I recycled from a piece of jewelry I no longer wore, so I turned it into something new!  Multiple strands are crocheted using simple chains and tied together onto a toggle clasp.  If you have never added beads to your crochet projects, this is a great place to start.  Likewise, if you can crochet a chain, you can make this easy and pretty bracelet.

Pewter Statement Crochet Bracelet
By Jennifer Dickerson



Sizing:

  • Bracelet shown has a 8.5 inch circumference including the clasp.  However you can make your bracelet as long or as short as you like, just work chains until desired length is reached.

Materials Needed:

  • Beads (Each strand has about 10 beads for my 8.5 inch long necklace, and used a variety of beads I had on hand.  I made 5 strands total for the bracelet shown.  Craft stores carry tons of beads and you can find variety packs of them which include lots of different kinds of beads in coordinating colors to make it even easier).
  • 1 skein DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss (I used a steel gray to make it look kind of like metal)
  • C (2.75 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Clasp of your choice (toggle clasp shown)
  • Charm and jump ring (totally optional, I happened to have a little dove that matched my clasp)
  • Needle (yarn needle or embroidery needle depending on the hole opening of your bead)
  • Scissors


Instructions:

  1. Before you start, pass your needle through the hole of the bead to be sure it can move through easily and not get stuck.
  2. Thread your needle with floss.
  3. Add desired number of beads to floss using needle, I used about 10 beads per strand.
  4. Push beads back on the floss.
  5. Place a slip knot of your hook and work three chains. (Click here for a full photo/video tutorial on crocheting chains)
  6. On the fourth chain add a bead. Note: if you have never added beads to your projects, click here to see a full video tutorial on adding beads using the stranding method.
  7. Continue by working two to three chains, then add a bead to the next chain.
  8. When desired length is reached (or you run out of floss or beads), fasten off.
  9. Make multiple strands for your bracelet following steps 2-8.  Bracelet shown has 5 strands.
  10. Tie all finished strands together at one end.  Slip on one half of the clasp and tie securely.  Note: because embroidery floss has a satin texture, the knot can be somewhat slippery.  If you like, you can add a tiny drop of fabric glue to the knot to hold it in place.
  11. Repeat step 10 for the other end.
  12. Trim excess tails.
  13. If you'd like to add a little charm, attach a jump ring to the clasp and charm with pliers.


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