Crocheting a bead bracelet with crochet thread and beads requires a rudimentary knowledge of crochet and basic jewellery-making skills. The only crochet stitch used to make this bracelet is the chain stitch, so this project is appropriate for beginners. Include beads in crochet by placing them on the thread before you begin so they are available as you make your crochet stitches. Any bead that fits on to the crochet thread will work for a bracelet, but bead crochet enthusiasts often use seed beads because of their uniform size and the large variety of colours.
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Things you need
- 1 box or tube, size 6/0 seed beads
- 1 ball size 10 crochet thread
- Size 16 or 18 tapestry needle
- Size 7 steel crochet hook
- 2 metal cord ends
- Needle nose, flat nose or chain nose pliers
- 2 metal jump rings
- 1 bracelet clasp
Cut a piece of crochet thread about 9 inches long and wrap it around your wrist to get your wrist measurement. Hold the thread between your thumb in index finger at the spot where the bracelet should end.
Lay the thread out against your ruler to see how many inches your bracelet should be, then set the strand of thread aside.
Insert the end of the crochet thread coming from the ball into the tapestry needle.
Place about 100 beads on the crochet thread by sliding them over the needle and on to the thread. It is better to overestimate how many beads you need, than to underestimate and come up short.
Create a slip knot and place it on the end of the steel crochet hook.
Make a chain stitch by wrapping the thread around the hook and pulling it through the loop on the hook. Repeat this three times, then pull up a bead next to the hook and make another chain stitch. Alternate between making a chain stitch and a chain stitch with a bead in it until your crocheted piece measures about an inch shorter than the bracelet length you measured in Step 2.
Chain three more stitches without beads, then pull out that last loop until it is about 2 inches long.
Cut the loop at the apex to fasten off and pull the thread going to the ball away from the bracelet, leaving a 2-inch tail of thread on the end of the bracelet. Pull this thread to tighten the last stitch of the bracelet.
Fold the ending thread back over the bracelet so it is parallel, then place the end of the bracelet in the metal cord end. Use the pliers to squeeze the cord end closed over the chain stitches and the tail, being careful to keep the crochet inside the cord end and not pinch it with the ends of the metal. Repeat on the opposite end of the bracelet and trim the excess tail thread from the cord end.
Attach the bracelet clasp to one end of the bracelet with a jump ring and add an empty jump ring to the opposite end for the clasp to hook on to. To open the jump rings, hold one end near the opening with the pliers and the other end with your index finger and thumb, then twist the ends away from one another. Move the ends in the opposite direction to the close the jump ring after attaching.
Tips and warnings
- Vary the colours and types of beads you string on the crochet thread to vary your bracelet design. Any bead that can fit over the needle and on to the crochet thread can be part of your bracelet.
- "E" beads found in craft stores can often work in place of size 6/0 seed beads.
- Add multiple strands of bead crochet to the same jump rings either side by side or by braiding them together for a thicker bracelet design.
- If the bracelet ends up too short by mistake, add more jumps rings to the cord end before adding the clasp to lengthen it.
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