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What could be better for summer crochet than a beaded bracelet?
Cool and cottony, prickled with bright bits of colour, the Sea Anemone Bracelet is quick, portable, and fun.
(Choosing your beads will probably take longer than the actual stitching). The side facing you is the wrong side, and the other side is the right side.
I made two: Size: Custom Yarn Requirements: 10-12 yards of DK weight cotton yarn (or 24 yards of #10 crochet cotton held double) Yarns I Used: Planet Penny Cotton Club (Lime) Patons Grace (Orchid) Hook Size: D/3.25mm Notions: 1 Button, 1/2" to 3/4" Beads, size 6º or E, in 2 colours (see "Calculating the Beads" below for quantities) Darning needle Optional: wire beading needle OR bit of thin beading wire How Did the Yarns Behave? Both have a lovely sheen and gave wonderful stitch definition. Calculating the Beads: Measure your wrist (or the wrist of the recipient). Join final double crochet to first double crochet with a slip stitch.
Since cotton yarn stretches and relaxes with wear, a snug fit is recommended. Instead of yarning over, insert your hook down and behind the horizontal bar in the middle of the first double crochet (see photo below). (This loop replaces the yarn over of a traditional double crochet.) Repeat this pattern (make a linked double crochet, slide a bead down, chain 1 to catch bead) 7 more times = 8 linked double crochets, with a bead after each one. (Do not join to chain-2.) TURN your work, and make a 2-triple crochet cluster in the next stitch over.
(Rather like buying jeans.) From the wrist measurement, subtract 1/2" for clasp. Insert needle between bead and yarn strands of 5th beaded ch; pull through. Leave a 6" yarn tail (this is for sewing on the button later). (To make a knotless chain, wrap the yarn around the hook and back over itself to make an "x". (To make a 2-triple crochet cluster, yarn over twice, insert hook in indicated stitch, pull up a loop, [yarn over and pull through 2 loops] twice.
Multiply the remainder by 2, to determine the number of motifs. (Add or remove beads as necessary.) Turn work and re-insert hook in opposite direction so the tip is pointing towards the bracelet. Whipstitch around each ch of clasp loop (this will add stability to the loop and keep it from stretching out.) After final whipstitch, take yarn down through sc at base of loop. Holding the crossed yarn, chain 4.) Join with a slip stitch to form a ring. This is a partial triple crochet; now you have 2 loops on your hook.
(There are about 2 motifs to an inch.) For example: the purple bracelet in the phototutorial is for a friend with a 6" wrist. Sc in dc (do not make turning chain.) Ch 5 w/edging beads. Check that button will fit through loop (adjust number of beaded ch st if necessary). Repeat to make another partial triple crochet; now you have 3 loops on your hook. Cluster made.) Notice how the beads twisted themselves to the outside edge of the bracelet: ..up a loop, slide an edging bead down close to work, pull through 2 loops on hook (catching the bead), slide another edging bead down, and pull through the last 2 loops on hook (catching the 2nd bead).
This is how I calculated the beads for that bracelet: 6" (wrist measurement) - 1/2" (for clasp) = 5-1/2" (or 5.5) 5.5 x 2 = 11 motifs Stringing the Beads: This is most easily done with a wire beading needle; if you don't have one, you can make your own from a bit of fine wire twisted like this (be sure to leave a loop at one end for the yarn to go through): You can also use a regular needle - it must be big enough to hold your yarn but small enough to pass through the hole in your beads. ..up a loop, slide a bead down, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, slide a bead down, yarn over and pull through last 2 loops on hook. You just made another beaded double crochet, and finished another motif.
To string beads without a needle, you can brush a little nail polish onto the end of your yarn to stiffen it (glue or wax would work as well - thanks to my friend Snowcatcher for this idea). Dc w/edging beads in ch-6 space (insert hook under the beadless ch-1 between the 4 edging beads and the single accent bead). Your work should look like this: And now you know the stitch pattern - you'll have another motif done before you know it.
String the beads in this order: 7 edging, (2 accent, 6 edging) for each motif, 2 accent, 12 edging (This will give you an extra motif's worth of beads which may be removed later if necessary.) A tip for crocheting with beads: Bead crochet involves a lot of sliding the beads back and forth as you work - you want the bulk of the beads to be far enough away that you have some yarn to work with, but not so far that you can't easily get them when you need them. (RS now facing.) : Ch 4 w/edging beads, ch 1 plain, ch 1 w/accent bead. Repeat motifs until bracelet measures desired length. (Here's that stitch pattern again: Chain 4 with edging beads, chain 1 with no bead, chain 1 with accent bead, TURN, make 2-triple crochet cluster in previous double crochet, slide an accent bead down (but do not chain), yarn over, insert hook into opposite chain space under beadless chain 1, make double crochet with 2 edging beads.) And the winner is ... (Cheers and boos from the button box.) You can sew the button on now, if you like, or wait until later.