I haven't been this giddy about a project, maybe ever. I first saw this crocheted bracelet on From Glitter to Gumdrops. Christy does a fabulous job explaining all of the steps and made me want to try this. I'm so glad she did.
She has done a great (and amusing) tutorial so please do check out her tutorial - it's great. I started with a 30-gauge wire and H8/5.0 mm crochet hook. I've had this crochet hook forever, don't even remember where I got it but that is the description on the hook itself.
So, you start by stringing on your beads. The first bracelet I used 10 beads which ended up being too long for my wrist (the blue and pink one). The second bracelet I only used 8 beads and it was a better fit (turquoise and white). I also made a sequin bracelet with only 6 beads, thinking that a certain little niece might like that one (the hot pink and sequin one).
So string on your beads, then make a twisty loop.
Crochet 3 chains, and then start to incorporate the beads into the crocheting. Add 1 bead, then just chain. Add 1 bead, then just chain.
Keep going until you've added all of the beads, then make 3 more chains. Cut the wire from the spool and thread back through the last chain. Remove the hook and tie off.
Make 6 of these. You can use whatever bead arrangement you like. All the same. All different. Whatever combination you like. For this particular bracelet, I did a bead and a sequin in each loop.
Attach them by twisting the wire ends together at ONE end (not that anyone would have twisted BOTH ends together and then had to try hard not to swear while unraveling them).
So twist one end, separate into three strands with two chains in each, and then braid them. When you get to the end, twist again (now is the time to twist the second end).
Add findings of some sort by threading the twisted end through the loop.
Fold the wire back onto itself to seal the finding. Repeat at the other end and you're done.
I love these. I think they look a little edgy and interesting and as I said, they are entirely addictive to make. (Sorry about the tea towel in the background.)
I had to wait until the next morning to get help from hubbie to put these on. Try as I might I was not able to fasten then by myself. Here's the shot:
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