Bead Crochet

While we were chatting at a recent cookie booth sale, one of the girls in my Girl Scout troop saw my dark grey crocheted cotton bracelet, and mentioned that her sister has a bracelet similar to mine, except that it is knitted and incorporated some wooden beads, and she thought that was really cool.

Inspired by the idea of that bracelet, I started playing with some inexpensive plastic pony beads and Sugar & Cream cotton yarn, and created this cool bracelet. It was easy and fun to make. All you need to know is how to chain and single crochet, and you can make it too. The beads make it look much more complicated than it really is. Grab a hook and try it!

You need:

  • 1 ball of worsted-weight cotton yarn (I used Lily Sugar & Cream in a self-striping colorway)
  • approximately 30-40 4×7 mm beads (you may need more or less depending on how long your bracelet is)
  • size F/3.75 mm crochet hook, or size to give gauge
  • yarn needle

Gauge: 5 rows = 1″

Finished size: 1.5″ wide x 7.5″ circumference

Special stitch: b-ch: slide a bead up next to the previous stitch, and ch 1. sk the stitch below. counts as 1 sc.

Instructions:

Thread all the beads onto the yarn. Err on the side of more, rather than fewer beads, because once you start crocheting, it is very hard to add beads, but it is easy to slide extra beads off after you are done. For example, I threaded on 40 beads, but my finished bracelet uses 27 beads. You may wind up with a different number of beads than I did if your gauge is significantly different than mine (I crochet tightly) or if you have a larger wrist than I do.

Chain 8.

Row 1: sk 1st ch, sc in each ch across. (7 sc)

Row 2: ch 1, turn. sc, b-ch, sc 3, b-ch, sc. (7 sc)

Row 3 and all other odd rows: ch 1, turn. sc in each sc and b-ch across. (7 sc)

Row 4: ch 1, turn. sc 3, b-ch, sc 3. (7 sc)

Repeat until the bracelet is as long as you like, ending with a Row 4. Cut yarn, leaving a 6″ tail. Thread the yarn needle with the tail and use this to sew the two ends together into a circle. Fasten off securely and weave in loose ends.

Here is the stitch pattern close up:

Have fun!

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