Top 10 Countdown! #8: Green Bead Soup Crocheted Bracelet

I’m so happy this post made the Top 10 Countdown!  It is one of my personal favorites!  It’s so easy to make.  I’ve taught it in classes and everyone is so surprised by how quickly and easily it works up.  (Simple single crochet stitches are all that’s required!)  And it never goes out of style.  I’ve made it in different color palettes.  I’ve made it in neutrals.  I’ve even made it in metalics.  Can you tell I love wearing this bracelet? And…this is the next Nikki, In Stitches project that will be turned into a kit!  I’m in the process of working with suppliers and putting all of the pieces together.  If you’d like to know when the kits go up for sale, just become a subscriber of Nikki, In Stitches!

Enjoy…again,

Nikki, In Stitches

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Green Bead Soup Crocheted Bracelet

February 23rd, 2009

green-bead-crochet-braceletThank you to everyone that commented on my bracelet, and thank you for all of your ideas and suggestions for future posts.  I now have ideas and projects to keep me busy for months and I hope to cover all of the areas that you asked me to address.  Now, drum roll please….

Suzanne, Congratulations!  You are the winner, and I do hope that you enjoy it.  Thank you again for your comment!

There were many requests for the pattern for the bracelet.  This is my first attempt at pattern / instruction writing, so I hope that my directions are clear.  I’ve included a few tips and also a few pics along the way to help, but if there are any parts that still seem a little confusing, you know I will answer your questions as quickly and clearly as I can.

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Green Bead Soup Crochet Bracelet Pattern PDF

This entire bracelet is made using a single crochet stitch.  It is the most basic crochet stitch.  The only difficult part of this bracelet is getting the right tension.

bead-crochet-bracelet-close-upIf your stitches are too tight, your beads will be too dense, pile up on themselves, and eventually it will be impossible to continue crocheting.  If your stitches are too loose, your beads will come through to the inside and you will not get the nice full look you’re trying to achieve.  I try to use a normal tension on rows where I am attaching beads, and a slightly looser tension on rows that I am just straight single crocheting.  This tends to balance out the rows with the density of the beads.

The weight of the beads, along with the fundamental makeup of the single crochet stitch, will cause the bracelet to stretch.  Also, depending on the style clasp you wish to use, the bracelet will stretch and even pull some on the ends.  Make the bracelet slightly shorter than you normally would.  In my case, I only made the bracelet five inches long, but it will fit the average wrist.

Materials:

Size 10 Crochet Thread

US Size 1 Crochet Hook

Large Eyed Beading Needle

Beads in a variety of sizes

Clasp

grean-bead-soup-2Using the large eyed beading needle, string approximately 40 – 45″ of beads.  (Please note, more is better in this case.  You don’t want to get through all of your beads and realize your bracelet is not long enough.  If in doubt, string more.) Vary the sizes, keeping in mind that you will attach these in groups of two or three.  In order to keep the beads from piling up on themselves, try to attach beads in groups of varying sizes, i.e. a large bead with two smaller, two medium sized beads together, etc.  I use a variety of beads from the smallest seed beads to large specialty beads.  Leave a long tail of thread, but keep in mind that you will have to continually slide your beads back along the thread as you crochet.

To Begin: Chain 9

Row 1: Single crochet in both loops of the 2nd chain from hook and in each of the next 6 chains, ch1 (to turn). (8 single crochets)

Row 2:  Single crochet in each single crochet across, then chain 1 (to turn). (8 single crochets)

Row 3:  Single crochet in each single crochet across, then chain 1 (to turn). (8 single crochets)

Alternate the following two rows to reach desired length:

Row A:  Single crochet in each single crochet across, attaching 2 or 3 beads to bracelet in each stitch, then chain 1 (to turn). (8 single crochets)

To attach beads:  Insert hook under both loops, slide beads bead-crochet-tutorialtowards bracelet as far as possible.  They should now be touching the bracelet itself.  Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull up a loop.  Continue single crochet stitch as normal.  When you yarn over and pull of the loop, you trap the beads, and they are now secured to the front of the bracelet.

Row B:  Single crochet in each single crochet across, then chain 1 (to turn). (8 single crochets)

To End:  Single crochet three additional rows without beads.

bead-crochet-bracelet-3_editedWeave in all thread ends.  Attach clasps to each end of bracelet.

Enjoy!

Nikki, In Stitches

 

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11 Responses to Top 10 Countdown! #8: Green Bead Soup Crocheted Bracelet

  1. Kay Sorensen says:

    Did dI miss something or did you not say what kind (weight) of yarn to use?

  2. Marny says:

    I know *I* must have missed something, too!! When was the contest?

    The bracelet looks beautiful and fun! (but would *I* wear it?)

    I hardly wear what I do have. LOL

    Does being creative hurt? ;-)

  3. Rachel Blackett says:

    Gosh this looks gorgeous!! Wish I was able to crochet though lol!!

  4. Teresa Medich says:

    I love this bracelet an it’s great for left over beads. I hope I can do it as nice as you did. I’m using a number 3 yarn is that ok? Also I’m looking for a multi strand crochet bracelet, there were 10 strands in the middle a each strand was a single crochet with seed beads. The ends were triangle shaped. Fell in love with it. I have a picture if you want to email me. Thanks again for the pattern!!!
    Thanks again

  5. Teresa Medich says:

    Isn’t a size 10 string almost like thread? The one I have for size 10 has no give?

    • Nikki says:

      Teresa,
      Yes! It’s actually crochet thread! No give..the weight of the beads would cause a stretchy yarn/thread to really distort your stitches, and then the shape of the bracelet.
      PS…I’d love to see pics of the bracelet you mentioned in your first comment! Send them my way!

  6. Shar says:

    I found your bracelet through Pinterest, I think it is absolutely beautiful. I have now tried twice to do the project, but get about five rows of breeds attached and run out of “tail”. Just how long are you making your string? My total string length at start was ten feet. Am I doing this all wrong? Are you stringing the beads directly onto the spool or onto a cut length of 10 weight thread? Please help.

    • Nikki says:

      Shar!
      Thanks so much for your sweet words about my bracelet! I’m so happy you’re making it!
      This is an easy fix! Yes! I string them onto the spool, and keep sliding them down as I work. This way, you don’t have to worry about running out of thread.
      Send us pics of your finished bracelet…we’d love to see!
      Nikki

  7. Naomi says:

    Hi
    I have c-Lon bead cord, will that work and what size beads did you use
    Thanks

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Naomi!
      As far as my beads go, I used a hodge podge of whatever worked! I gathered beads together that matched my color palette, and since the crochet thread is so thin, all of them worked! Some seed beads would probably be too small, but other than that, you should be good!
      I’ve never used c-Lon bead cord, but I did look at it a bit online. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any comparable measurements. I did see it has a diameter of about .5mm, but then I couldn’t find a diameter for my crochet thread :/
      I can tell you this. The suggested crochet hook for size 10 crochet thread is 7 or 8. Does that sound about right for the bead cord?

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