How to Crochet Bracelets
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, they 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 Hub I've included some tutorials from around the web, useful tips to designing and creating your own bracelets, as well as some of my own patterns. I hope you find this helpful and have fun crocheting!
Learn to Crochet
How to Read Patterns
How to Read Charts/Diagrams
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 an 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.
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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 completeing 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.
Beaded i-Cord Bracelet - Visual Step-by-Step
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 on to 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!
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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 snug 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 button is big, may need less if button is small, depends on thickness of yarn too), skip that many stitches in your row, continue crocheting rows as normal. Then sew a button on to the band, it will slide through the slit you made in your band.
The second way is 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.
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 snug.
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 on to 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. DX
Continue chaining and alternating colours. If the yarn your working with is two different sizes you may have to add more or less stitches to compensate for 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.
How to Hand Felt Knit/Crochet Items
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 similarly 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.
I actually haven't used this technique to make bracelets just yet, but I did use it to make an adorable scarf for a little girl this past winter.
The broomstick crochet technique uses a thick crochet hook or, traditionally, a broomstick or some other stick like object to create a unique and be0autiful twisted stitch. It can be used to make scarves, blankets, and as seen in this tutorial, super cute cuff bracelets!
Crochet Bracelets Using Other Materials
Perhaps yarn goods aren't exactly suited for the taste of the person you're giving a bracelet too. Or maybe you just want to try something different. Here are some tutorials that use materials other than yarn to make bracelets.
Tunisian Wire Cuff Bracelet - Visual Step-by-Step
Chunky Wire Bracelet w/ Beads - Visual & Pattern
Crochet Beaded Bracelet - Visual Guide
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Best of Luck!
I hope you've found this Hub 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 it here. Or if you have come across images of crocheted bracelets you like, but don't know how to recreate it you can share it with me in the comments and I will try and find or write a pattern/tutorial to help you out.
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