This “Green Bead Soup” bracelet is one of my favorite to make. It looks super complicated but is really just very simply crocheted together. In fact, I’ve taught this project at workshops in the past and so many students are surprised at how quickly and easily it comes together.
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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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. If 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.
Size 10 Crochet Thread
US Size 1 Crochet Hook
Large Eyed Beading Needle
Beads in a variety of sizes
Using 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 towards 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.
Weave in all thread ends. Attach clasps to each end of bracelet.
Nikki, In Stitches