This post originally appeared as a guest post on the Maggie Bags blog. Unfortunately, they are closing down, so I am bringing the guest posts that I did back here to Tyrneathem. I hope you enjoy them!
I learned to crochet when I was just 5 years old. I would sneak glances at my mom as she began her crochet projects with that basic chain stitch. I’d be mesmerized by how that simple hook turned the yarn into a braid and I watched closely trying to figure out how it worked. Then one day my mom caught me hiding behind the couch… crochet hook in hand… turning an entire skein of her most expensive yarn into one long crocheted chain. Rather than scold me, she sat down on the floor next to me and taught me how to single crochet.
It’s with this memory in mind that I created this bracelet. There’s still a part of me that finds crochet (and knitting) magical… turning a single strand of yarn into hats, sweaters, socks, and bags. Even that simple chain stitch can be used to create magic!
What You Will Need:
- An assortment of beads of your choice (for the sample I used twenty 4mm beads and three 6mm beads)
- White nylon thread (#30/ size D)
- Steel crochet hook (1mm/ size 12)
- Ruler or tape measure
- Steady hands
Step One: I recommend first plotting out the order you would like the beads to be placed. We will be creating three strands that will lie side by side on your wrist. Each strand will be approximately 6 inches long.
Step 2: String the first collection of beads onto the nylon thread in the order you would like them. You will need to do this carefully to avoid fraying the thread. I prefer to leave the thread on the spool when I do this, because I don’t have to worry about the beads falling off the other end of the thread. If you choose to cut each strand of thread before beading, give yourself about 24 inches for each.
Step 3: Measure 6 inches from the end of the thread and create a slip knot. Insert your crochet hook in the loop created.
Step 4: Chain 8 stitches. Try to chain as neatly and evenly as possible. Then move the first bead up to your last chain stitch. Pull the loop gently until it is slightly larger than the bead.
Step 5: You will then create the next chain stitch above the bead, allowing the thread to spread around the bead and secure it in place. If your loop around the bead is a bit loose, gently pull on the thread that goes through the bead until the loop tightens around the bead.
Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all the beads are incorporated. Chain 9 stitches after the final bead.
Step 7. Pull on the loop until it is 6 inches in length, then cut at the tip of the loop. Gently pull the end of the thread to tighten last chain stitch into a knot.
Step 8: Complete two additional strands in the same manner as above.
Step 9: Align the strands together where the crochet segments begin. Tie the three strands together tightly with a knot.
Step 10: Secure one end of the bracelet to a steady place. (I like to pin it to the knee of my pants. Silly, but effective.) Take the three strands of the other end and braid them together neatly and tightly.
Step 11: When you have approximately 2 inches of thread remaining, tie the ends together in a knot. Slip a single bead over all three strands and then tie a second knot to secure the bead. Trim the thread to about 1/4 inch after the knot.
Step 12: Repeat steps 9-11 on the other end of the bracelet.
Step 13: The bracelet can be simply tied onto your wrist using the ends. There are numerous ways to create adjustable bracelets, but in the interest of simplicity I stuck to a tie-on version. A quick search will bring up tons of tutorials if you are interested in other methods.
Note: If the tiny thread and beads are difficult to handle, you can achieve a very similar look using crochet cotton, larger beads, and a larger crochet hook. Just make sure that the beads can be strung onto whichever thread you choose to use and that you adjust the number of chain stitches between beads.