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Beachy Little Bracelet

Beachy Little Bracelet

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Beachy Little Bracelet #2

This is the second installment of our Beachy Little Bracelet series. Last time we made Sea Glass (the middle bracelet in the photo below), a super easy chain stitched project.

Now we're moving on to our second bracelet, a tiny bit more complicated, but very quick and easy. I call it the Shells bracelet. Not because I used shell stitches (actually they're clusters), but because it reminds me of a row of little conch shells:

This bracelet is made with two strands of No. 10 crochet cotton (I used DMC Baroque), and a Size F hook. You can use a smaller hook if it feels more comfortable. The only other materials are: 1 button and 15-25 beads. My beads are size 6°. "E" beads would also work. (Figure on using about 2 beads per inch of bracelet, plus 5-10 more for clasp loop.) Make your bracelet just a bit snug. The cotton will relax a bit with wearing. Let's crochet! String the beads on a double strand of cotton. It's easiest done with a needle. If you don't have a needle that fits through your beads AND can accommodate 2 strands of thread, string them on one strand first. Then thread the needle with the other strand and run it through the beads again. Be careful not to pierce the first thread with the needle as you pass it through the beads.

yarn over. Now you should have 2 loops on your hook. Chain 4: Then make a 2-double crochet (2-dc) cluster in the first chain. Now you should have 3 loops on your hook: . pull yarn through. insert hook in chain 1. To make a 2-dc cluster: yarn over.Make a slip knot. pull yarn through 2 loops. like this: Repeat the above step. leaving a 4-6" thread tail.

and pull yarn through all the loops on your hook. then chain one (with the bead inside the chain): . Tug on the yarn to close the top of the cluster: Slide a bead down close to the hook.Yarn over.

and admire your 2 clusters: .Extreme close-up! Chain 3: Yarn over. and insert hook in left side of the chain stitch holding the bead (as shown in extreme close-up above): Make another 2-dc cluster in this space. Turn your bracelet over. Now slide another bead down to the hook and chain 1.

(Of course you may make it looser if you like.(Because bead crochet pushes the bead to the back of the stitch.) Turn the bracelet back around. if you haven't already. Repeat the above steps (chain 3.) Now pick out a button.. this project is designed to be crocheted without turning.. to use for your clasp. And the lucky winner is.the yellow shank button! Here's how I attached my button: I inserted the shank of the button into the beginning chain stitch (making sure the button would be right side up with the beads): . 2-dc cluster. So the side facing you as you work will be the back side of the bracelet. chain 1 with bead) until your bracelet just fits around your wrist when slightly stretched.

so I made a small tight chain stitch (about 1/2" long) with the leftover thread. I switched to a small steel hook and chained enough beads to slip snugly over the button: .) At the other end of the bracelet. (I tucked it through the back of the stitches.I threaded the yarn on a needle. until I couldn't get the needle through the hole any more. then cut the thread. and passed it through the buttonhole as many times as I could. But I was feeling extra paranoid careful. looping it over the shank. right up next to the shank. pulled tightly through the last chain loop. and hid the little chain behind the first cluster. You could probably cut the thread and leave it like this. Then I removed the needle and tied a knot with the 2 thread ends.

cut it. And my bracelet was done. I crocheted another tight short chain with the thread ends. pulled the thread through. Don't they look cheerful? I love orange. Doesn't the yellow button look like a little sun? Beachy Little Bracelet #3 . and hid it in the back of the cluster (just like I did at the other end).And slip stitched them into a circle.

but you can use whatever works best for you.Ready to do a little more quick and easy bead crochet? Here's the third Beachy Little Bracelet. 10 crochet thread (I used DMC Baroque). . and a crochet hook. three colours of 6° beads or E beads. Figure on about 9 beads per inch of bracelet. We've already made Sea Glass and Shells. a large-eyed sewing needle. Let's make Waves! String your beads on the double thread. This one is called Waves. or 3 of each colour bead for each inch of bracelet. 3 of each colour at a time. Note: Thread is held double for this project. I used a Size F hook. A D or E hook would probably work just fine. a button. It's the middle one in the picture below: Here's what you'll need to make this bracelet: Some No.

Chain 4.Make a slip knot. and chain 3. leaving a 4" tail. one bead in each chain: . Join with slip stitch to form loop: Slide your first 3 beads down close to the needle.

Notice how the beads are at the back of your work? Watch what happens next. Pretty cool. 1 bead at a time. . huh? Slide the next 3 beads down near the hook. and chain 3 again. and make 1 half-double crochet in the chain-4 loop: Now the beads are sticking out to one side. TURN.

Chain 3 beads. Thread the 4" tail onto a needle. and sew your button to the chain-4 loop: . and make 1 half-double crochet in the space between the last bead chain and half-double crochet. When your bracelet is long enough. TURN. It will stretch a bit with wearing. and repeat. That's it. Your bracelet should be looking like this in no time: Little waves of cheerful colour Keep repeating the above steps until your bracelet just fits around your wrist. so make it snug if you like.TURN. half-double crochet in space. remove the crochet hook and go back to the beginning.

remove thread from needle and tie the 2 ends in a very snug knot.It doesn't matter which side you sew the button to. . Tug on the thread ends a few times. then cut them about 2 millimeters from the knot. This bracelet is reversible. When your button is sewn on.

If you have any leftover beads that didn't get crocheted. string a few more). Cut thread. leaving yourself about a 12" tail.Now your bracelet has a front and a back. I needed 7 beads: Slip stitch the bead chain to the last half-double crochet. Go back to the other end of the bracelet. . The back is the side with the knot. Pick a bead colour for your button loop. For this sample bracelet. slide them off. then string 6-8 beads of that colour on the thread (if your button is really big. and check to see that the loop will go over the button. Slide the beads down and chain enough to slip snugly over your button.

Run the thread end through the next stitch over. If not. Tie the ends in a knot right next to this stitch so the ends can't pull out again.Remove hook. and you're done! . Make sure thread tail is on the back side of the bracelet. slide unused beads off thread. Trim your thread ends. pull it through to the back. and pull thread end through loop.

The Beachy Little Bracelet family .Button on your new bracelet and head outside to catch some rays.

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