Bracelet with Fun Fur and Seed Beads
Pure fun! Break out your crochet needles and whip up a wistful of smiles.
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Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®To learn more about Tammy Honaman, read her jewelry artist success story here
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Note: SC = Single crochet
Make a slip knot or tie a regular knot and draw the loop shape tightly onto your crochet hook--this is called a yarn over.
Holding the novelty yarn and the fun fur together, with the tails between your thumb and middle finger for tension, push the crochet hook up a little and grab the working yarn with the hook. Pull the yarn through the loop on your needle--you will now have one loop below the needle and one loop on the needle. Continue this process, working until you have a length of chain stitches to fit around your wrist plus 1-inch and two extra stitches (for a 7-inch bracelet, you will need about 28 stitches). The two extra stitches will work as the turnaround at the end of the row--be sure to do this at the end of each row.
Row 2: Insert your hook into the third chain from the hook (by passing the last two chain stitches). Yarn over and draw the hook through the two loops that are now on your hook--you have completed the first single crochet (SC). Continue this all the way across the first row. You may find it a little challenging to see the chain stitches with all the fur and details of the yarns--be sure to complete the same amount of stitches with each row and do your best to work each stitch in the correct place; you won't notice if you're a little off here and there. Row 3: Leave a tail and pick up your pre-strung perle cotton, adding it to the other two threads; SC 2 stitches. For the next SC--go into the stitch (1st Step of single crochet) and pull up three or four beads--finish the SC stitch. Repeat across the row, making the last two stitches without beads. Row 4: SC this row with all 3 yarns but no beads. Row 5: Repeat rows 3 and 4. Rows 6 and 7: Drop the perle cotton and SC the final two rows.
Cut a length of Nymo® and thread on a needle. Pass the needle into the bracelet, along the center of one end; sew on a button, to be used as your clasp. Knot the Nymo to secure the button; trim any excess Nymo.
On the opposite end of the bracelet, pass the needle into the bracelet about 1-inch in from the end. String on size 11 seed beads to form a loop that will fit around the button. Pass the needle to the back of the bracelet then come up through all the beads again. I usually do this 2 - 3 times, so it is nice and tight. End with a good knot then trim any excess.
Cut a length of Nymo, add it to your needle, then double the thread. Secure the thread to the edge of the cuff and string 7 beads. Pass the needle through the third SC in the first row, creating a scalloped edge. Continue adding scalloped edging down the length of the bracelet, spacing each scallop evenly apart.In Steps 6 - 8, Don't really worry about the knots on the back; the fibers are so fuzzy it was really hard to see them. If you aren't using funky fibers, you will need to be more careful and secure your knots on the edges and weave through the fibers to hide it; either way, make sure your knots are secure.
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