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Holiday Sparkle Bracelet – Free Crochet Pattern

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Holiday Sparkle Beaded Crochet Bracelet

Holiday Sparkle Beaded Crochet Bracelet

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Project Description:

Learn how to make a lovely bracelet with this free crochet pattern.

This bracelet is named after the "holiday sparkle" colorway of DMC's Light Effects metallic embroidery floss. Don't let the name fool you; while it would be perfect for use during holidays such as Christmas and Valentine's Day, this bracelet is suitable for year-around wear.

Materials:

Metallic Embroidery Floss:

1 skein (8 m / 8.7 yards) of DMC Light Effects embroidery floss; the colorway used in the sample is called "Holiday Sparkle." Feel free to substitute other brands if you prefer, but keep in mind that the fiber needs to be strong enough to support the beads you’ll be using.

Beads:

To make the sample bracelet, I’ve used a 4” / 10 cm strand of red glass cathedral beads by Blue Moon Beads. There are 12 of these beads per strand, packaged with a few smaller beads that I didn't use in this project. The beads I used measure approx. 7.5 mm each. I used all 12 of the beads.

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Crochet Hook:

Size C / 2.5 mm, or your preferred size

Other:

Needle(s) for stringing the beads and weaving in ends

Finished Size:

My sample bracelet measures 7.5 inches long, not including the closure.

Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

Special Crochet Stitch Needed for This Pattern: Beaded Ch St:

The beaded chain stitch is basically just a chain stitch with a bead inside. Here are the instructions for crocheting it:

  • Grab a bead and slide it over, so that it touches your work in progress.


  • Tug very slightly at the active loop on your crochet hook to enlarge it a wee bit -- not much at all -- the larger your bead, the larger the loop needs to be (without the bead going through the loop). The goal is to enlarge the loop ever so slightly so that it will be a comfortable length for completing your stitch. You also don't want the loop to be too large.


  • Then work your chain stitch. You’ll work it just as you usually would, except that there’s a bead caught in the stitch.

Project Instructions:

Thread a needle with your metallic embroidery floss and string all of your beads onto your floss.

Crocheting the Bracelet:

(ch 3, work beaded ch st,) Repeat until bracelet is desired length, then work 3 more ch sts.

Ch 1, turn, sc in each ch st across row.

Do not turn as usual. Instead, you are going to work a longer-than-usual chain and then turn the work upside down to work back across your foundation chain.

Ch 4, flip the work, sl st to join your chs to the upper right side of of your piece (or upper left side if you are left-handed.)

Sc into each st across the foundation chain.

Next, you are going to work back across, folding the piece in half onto itself to form a beaded tube. To do this, work 1 sl st through both loops of both sc sts on either side of the beads. Work all the way across.

End off. Weave in ends.

Attach bracelet clasps, one to each side of the bracelet.

Wear and enjoy, or give the bracelet as a gift.

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