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How to Crochet Bracelets

Sam has over 10 years of freehand crocheting experience. She loves to crochet amigurumi or knitted plush dolls.

Crochet Bracelet Tutorials

Crochet Bracelet Tutorials

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 old 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 them, 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 that I feel explain things better than I can. If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions for the tutorials I've written, please feel free to write something in the comments section below. I'd love to hear from you.

Here is a chain stitch bracelet made with gradient yarn.

Here is a chain stitch bracelet made with gradient yarn.

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 the 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.

I used a colour-changing yarn for my bracelet, but solid colours will also look nice. To add some flare to your chain bracelet, you could incorporate charms or beads.

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!

Chain Stitch Bangle

This one takes the simple chain stitch bracelet a step further. After you have chained your desired length, you are going to create a band to wrap around the wrapped chain to keep it in place, so you don't have to wrap it around your wrist every time you want to wear it.

Take your finished chain and slipstitch to the first stitch in the beginning.

Then create rows (it helps to crochet over the tail of your chain so you don't have to weave the end in later). The rows can be in whatever stitch you like (single, half double, double, etc.) and for however many stitches you like. Crochet enough rows to wrap around your bracelet snugly, then fasten off, leaving a nice long tail.

When you are done with your rows, wrap your bracelet around your wrist snugly enough that it isn't going to fall off but loose enough that you can slide it on and off.

Wrap your band around the wrapped chains and stitch it closed.

Adding a Button

If you want to add a button to your bracelet so the size can be adjusted, you can make a button loop two ways (two ways I can think of, anyway, be creative and find other ways if you don't like my ideas)

The first is to make a buttonhole in the band. Crochet several stitches, chain 3 or so stitches (may need more if the button is big, may need less if the button is small, depends on the thickness of yarn, too), skip that many stitches in your row, continue crocheting rows as normal. Then sew a button onto the band; it will slide through the slit you made in your band.

The second way is to make a button loop, just like the one pictured in the simple chain stitch tutorial above. Crochet your band as normal, but when you get to the last row, stop at the middle, make a chain, slip stitch in the last stitch in the row you crocheted in.

At this point, you can finish your row off, or you can make your loop look more finished by crocheting single stitches around the loop, then finishing off the row. Sew on your button and slip it through the loop.

By adding a button, you can wear your bracelet as a necklace as well because you can fasten it to the length (or staggering lengths) you want.

Here is a crochet bracelet made with chain loops.

Here is a crochet bracelet made with chain loops.

Loop Chain Stitch Cuff

If you don't want to wrap your yarn around every time you wear your chain stitch bracelet, you could try this style instead. Just know you have to slip each loop on like an individual bracelet if you crochet it snugly.

To make this bracelet select your colours and make a chain with them, however long you want your cuff to be.

Then make a chain in only one of the colours, slip stitch the next colour onto the hook through the first stitch on the foundation chain. Make sure to go through both the front and back loop of the chain, or you'll be stuck with an ugly seam, like me.

Continue chaining and alternating colours. If the yarn you're working with is two different sizes, you may have to add more or fewer stitches to compensate for the difference so that all the loops are the same size.

Work your way down the chain until you get to the end. Then fasten off and weave in ends.

If you make the loops extra long, you can make a necklace the same way.

This would make a great piece to add beads to.

Crochet Cuff Bracelet

Cuff bracelets are very easy to make and customize. If you are new to crocheting, you can think of them as mini scarves. If you can crochet a scarf, you can crochet a cuff bracelet. If you know some fun stitches or like to embroider, sew, or work with beads, you can really have at it and test the limits of your creativity.


Tube Bangle

This could easily be made on a spool loom as well. In fact, that's how I first started making them.

They are just as easy to crochet, though. Just make a chain that will create a circle as large as you want your bangle to be. I made mine chunky, but typically I'd go for something a lot thinner.

Slipstitch your chain to create a loop, then sc around that loop; it doesn't matter how many stitches.

Once your loop is filled in, start working single stitches or half double stitches in rounds until you reach the length you want. Half double stitches will make your project go faster, but it will be chunky and soft. Single stitches make thinner pieces and are a lot stiffer.

When you're finished, sew the two ends together and weave in any loose threads.

You could also add a button similar to how I added mine in the simple chain stitch bangle tutorial if you'd like your bangle to be a bit tighter.

These would probably make really nice felting projects. I'm going to try it out with the bracelet I made and let you know how it turns out.

Lace Scallop Bracelet

This video may be a little difficult for those that are not yet comfortable with charts, but it could also be used as a great way to learn how to read them too. The diagram is animated in this video, so the artist takes you through the symbols pretty much step-by-step. If you want more practice with crochet charts, I would highly recommend taking a look at this video and trying the project out for yourself.

Here is a thin broomstick stitch scarf.

Here is a thin broomstick stitch scarf.

Crochet Bracelets Using Other Materials

Perhaps yarn goods aren't exactly suited for the taste of the person you're giving a bracelet to. Or maybe you just want to try something different. Here are some tutorials that use materials other than yarn to make bracelets.

Best of Luck!

I hope you've found this article useful and have lots of fun crocheting. If you know of any great crochet bracelet patterns or tutorials, please let me know in the comments below, and I'll be sure to include them here. Or, if you have come across images of crocheted bracelets you like but don't know how to recreate, you can share them with me in the comments, and I will try and find or write a pattern/tutorial to help you out.


DemiT on May 27, 2014:

Like!!!!very much!!!! Great ideas and well put!!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 29, 2014:

So cute! A great project to put crochet to use other than for doilies, hat and scarves. Voted up and beautiful!

Wee Cat Creations on February 07, 2014:

Great patterns. These are great for making a quick accessory to coordinate with an outfit.

Samantha Harris (author) from New York on July 02, 2013:

I'm glad you enjoy these! I will be adding more once I design some new ones :)

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on July 02, 2013:

Wow! what a wonderful hub you got here, I love crocheting but don't even know how to crochet beautiful bracelets like yours. I will try the easy ones first. Thank you, followthe stray for sharing this awesome, most useful, and beautiful hub. Voted up.

Samantha Harris (author) from New York on March 21, 2013:

Lace bracelets are definitely a lot of fun to make and depending on the size and kind of yarn you work with you can get all sorts of different looks and effects while still using the same pattern. It's awesome!

Samantha Harris (author) from New York on March 21, 2013:

Oh yeah I would have loved to make and wear these as a kid. I will probably teach my kids to make these when they're old enough.

Samantha Harris (author) from New York on March 21, 2013:

The simple chain stitch bracelet is a really great starter project if you're just learning to crochet, so I'd definitely give it a try if you're thinking of crocheting.

Samantha Harris (author) from New York on March 21, 2013:

Thanks and I agree, I think the buttons add a little extra something :)

lmlynde from Nevada on March 20, 2013:

I agree with Suzie HQ.....Double Wow! You deserve an award for the time you spent making this! Thanks for sharing your great crocheting ideas with us! I love the pretty Lace Scallop Bracelet! I will try that one first before the beads! Awesome Hub! Voted UP!!!!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 20, 2013:

You always give good instructions. I like these bracelets especially for kids because they add color instead of the glitter of jewelry. Vote Up!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 20, 2013:

I don't crochet, but those are cute enough to make me want to! Maybe I will take that hobby up someday. I love creating things.

Thanks for sharing this with us!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on March 20, 2013:

Hi Sam,

Wow and double wow, the work you have put in here is incredible, well done for a seriously comprehensive hub. Great detail and love this idea of crocheting jewelry. Would be a button girl on the bracelet poll, I think it really adds interest and texture to it. Voted up, useful, Awesome, Interesting, Shared and Pinned!!

Samantha Harris (author) from New York on March 19, 2013:

Thanks. I know what I like to see in tutorials and guides like this so I try to make sure I include as much useful info as possible :)

Moira Durano-Abesmo from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on March 19, 2013:

And you're very thorough. Good job!

Samantha Harris (author) from New York on March 19, 2013:

You're welcome, glad you enjoyed!

Priyanka Estambale from United States on March 19, 2013:

Wow! So Pretty.. These are adorable and simple. Loved them :)

Thanks for sharing!