Sam has over 10 years of freehand crocheting experience. She loves to crochet amigurumi especially; crocheted or knitted plush dolls.
A Guide to Crocheted Bracelets (With Patterns)
Handmade gifts are a great way to show someone you really appreciate them because you have taken the time to make them something unique and special. If you're looking for a beautiful handmade gift to make for a friend or relative, crocheted bracelets are definitely a good project to try. Not only are they adorable and meaningful, but they also don't cost a lot to make and won't take a lot of time to complete.
They also make fast inventory if you're looking for an alternative to the good ol' lemonade stand to raise some money. I'm actually hoping to make a bunch of these to raise money to go to Australia next year. Wish me luck!
In this article, I've included some tutorials from around the web, useful tips for designing and creating your own bracelets, as well as some of my own patterns. I hope you find this helpful and have fun crocheting!
How to Crochet
I've included a mix of beginner and intermediate+ projects, so the bracelet projects you may be able to complete might depend on your skill level. However, I believe that crocheting is a really really easy skill to improve on once you know and are comfortable with the basics. Once you're clear on the basics, your life becomes even easier when you can read and write patterns—easier still when you can read charts!
What Are Crochet Patterns?
Crochet patterns list the stitches you are supposed to follow in sequence. They usually go row by row or round by round. Stitches are typically abbreviated, but many patterns will remind you of what each stitch means at the beginning of the pattern. Still, it is highly recommended that you learn and remember the abbreviations for each stitch.
The trouble with patterns is that they don't translate well over the language barrier, and they aren't visual—so if you mess up, it will be hard to see where. You also won't know if your piece is looking the way it's supposed to until the very end. Sometimes they can also be a bit confusing to read or write, especially if it is an individual creating the pattern and not a pro or company.
What Is a Crochet Chart?
Crochet charts use symbols to represent stitches instead of abbreviations. The map out where each stitch goes so you get a visual sense of what your finished product will look like. They transcend language, as the symbols are universal, so you could easily complete a crochet chart in your native land as you could one from another country. They are especially helpful for visual learners and people who forget crochet stitch names.
The drawbacks, in my opinion, show themselves when it comes to 3D pieces, like amigurumi. 3D patterns can look a bit strange on paper and may be hard to follow for beginners, but once you get used to it you'll have no problem. Another issue I've come across is when charts are messy, stitches become unclear.
Crochet Bracelet Tutorials
Originally, I was going to divide tutorials into beginner and intermediate+ categories, but I didn't want to discourage beginners from challenging themselves with something new, and I didn't want more skilled crocheters to disregard a project because they thought it was too easy for them.
So here's a mix of crochet bracelet guides and tutorials that you can try to create on your own. If you think a project may be too difficult for you now, give it a try first, and if you can't quite get it—set it aside and come back to it another time when you feel more confident in your crocheting skills.
I have a mix of tutorials I've written as well as videos and links to other bracelet projects that I really like or I feel explain things better than I can. If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions for the tutorials I've written though please feel free to write something in the comments section below. I'd love to hear from you.
Simple Chain Stitch Bracelet
This is the easiest crochet bracelet you could make. The look of the bracelet will vary depending on what size hook you use and kind of yarn you use.
All you need to do is take your yarn and hook and chain. You could chain a length just long enough to tie around your wrist, or you could do what I did and chain enough to wrap around your wrist several times to create a sort of crocheted cuff.
When your chain is the length you want, slip stitch to the beginning of the chain, fasten off, make a knot with the ends and either weave them into the chain or just trim them. It's your choice.
You could also make this thicker by crocheting more rows.
This could also be worn as a necklace, with or without a button to fasten it.
Adding a Button
If you'd like to close off your bracelet with a button rather than a knot you can easily.
Some people add the button after they've completed the bracelet. I added it first by knotting it on my yarn, then creating a slipknot with the yarn and proceeding as normal.
Other than adding a button, the only difference with this is that when you get to the end, you will have to make a loop big enough to slip your button into. Do this big creating an additional chain of stitches, then slip stitching in the second to last stitch you crocheted before you made your button loop chain.
After this, you can make your bracelet thicker by completing another row, or you can make your button loop look more finished by crocheting single stitches around the loop, or you could simply fasten off and weave in your ends.
Beads in Crochet Bracelets
You can add beads to ANY of these tutorials. This is something I haven't tried myself, but the process seems a lot easier than it looks. Check out the video to the right to see how to make a beaded i-Cord Bracelet by stranding beads onto the yarn before you start crocheting. The method she uses to add beads to her bracelet is the same method you'd use for any beaded crochet project.
If you finish a bracelet and you think that it would have looked better with beads, don't feel bad! You could always add beads later by sewing them on. Sewing beads on also gives you the advantage of deciding exactly where you would like your beads to be placed. Make sure your beads are sewn on nice and secure though, you don't want them falling off!