How to Crochet a Bead Bracelet With Crochet Thread & Beads

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    by Katelyn Kelley

    About the Author

    Katelyn Kelley worked in information technology as a computing and communications consultant and web manager for 15 years before becoming a freelance writer in 2003. She specializes in instructional and technical writing in the areas of computers, gaming and crafts. Kelley holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and computer science from Boston College.

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    Crocheting a bead bracelet requires a rudimentary knowledge of crochet and basic jewelry-making skills. The only crochet stitch used to make this bracelet is the chain stitch, so this project is appropriate for crochet beginners. 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 colors. Crafty teenagers will enjoy making these uncomplicated bracelets for gifts.

    Things You'll Need

    • 1 tube size 6/0 seed beads
    • Ruler
    • Scissors
    • 1 ball size 10 crochet thread
    • Size 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

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    Determine Bracelet Size and Prepare the Thread

    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 100 beads on the crochet thread by sliding the beads over the needle and on the thread.

    Crochet the Bracelet

    Create a slip knot with the crochet thread and place the knot on the end of the steel crochet hook.

    Make a chain stitch by wrapping the thread around the hook and pulling the thread through the loop on the hook. Repeat this three times, then slide a bead up next to the hook and make another chain stitch that incorporates the bead. 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.

    Chain three more stitches without beads, then pull out the last loop until it is about 2 inches long.

    Cut the thread going to the ball away from the bracelet, leaving a 2-inch tail. 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 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.

    • Vary the colors 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. If the bracelet ends up too short by mistake, add more jumps rings to the cord end before adding the clasp, to lengthen it.

    Photo Credits

    • multi-coloured beads, background from beads image by 26kot from Fotolia.com