Beaded diamond-shape bracelet

Use right-angle weave to mimic the look of facets in a bracelet that's deceptively deep

Beaded diamond shape bracelet

Look at this bracelet from afar, and you’ll see two optical illusions at work. The use of peanut beads gives your work the drape of cubic right-angle weave without the hassle of stitching in 3-D. Then, multi-colored beads lend the look of highlights and shadows, whether you choose two bold colors or four more subtle hues.

 

In the instructions below, we’ll get you started on the diamond band. For full instructions, download the free project PDF

 

Materials

Four-color bracelet 8 in. (20 cm)

  • 2 x 4 mm peanut beads
    - 8 g color A (light blue)
    - 9 g color B (black)
    - 7 g color C (gunmetal gray)
    - 8 g color D (light yellow)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads, color B (black)
  • Illusion Cord monofilament, .010, with Big Eye needle, or Fireline 6 lb. test with #12 beading needle

Red/black bracelet 8 in. (20 cm)

  • 2 x 4 mm peanut beads
    - 10 g color A (red)
    - 11 g color B (black)
  • 1 g 11/0 seed beads, color B (black)
  • Illusion Cord monofilament, .010, with Big Eye needles, or Fireline 6 lb. test with #12 beading needles

 

Instructions

Four-color bracelet

Diamond band

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Beaded diamond shape bracelet Figure 2
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Each diamond in the band is worked individually. For each one, you will begin by working the center row of the diamond. Next, you will add decreasing rows to the left of the center row to complete the first half of the diamond. Then, you will add decreasing rows to the right of the center row, completing the diamond.

 

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of monofilament cord or Fireline, pick up three color A and one color B 2 x 4 mm peanut beads, and center the beads on the thread. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot. Using one end of the thread, sew through the first A again (Figure 1, a-b). This is stitch 1 in the center row of the diamond.

 

2. Using the same thread, continue working the center row in right-angle weave, picking up peanut beads in colors A-D as follows:
Stitch 2: two As and one B (b-c).
Stitch 3: one B and two As (c-d).
Stitch 4: one C, one D, and one B (d-e).
Stitch 5: two Ds and one C (e-f).
Stitch 6: one C and two Ds (f-g).
Stitch 7: two Ds and one C (g-h). Sew through the next D in the previous stitch (h-i). You have now completed the center row of the diamond and are in position to start the next row, which is the first row to the left of the center row.

 

3. Work the first row to the left of the center row, continuing in right-angle weave and picking up the following beads per stitch:
Stitch 1: three Ds (Figure 2, a-b).
Stitch 2: two Ds (b-c).
Stitch 3: two Bs (c-d).
Stitch 4: two Bs (d-e).
Stitch 5: two Bs (e-f). Sew through the beadwork as shown (f-g) to get into position to start the next row.

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Beaded diamond shape bracelet Figure 4
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4. Work the second row to the left of the center row, picking up the following beads per stitch:
Stitch 1: three Bs (Figure 3, a-b).
Stitch 2: one D and one B (b-c).
Stitch 3: two Ds (c-d). Sew through the next B as shown (d-e) to get into position to start the next row.

 

5. The third row to the left of the center row has just one stitch: two Bs and a D (Figure 4). End this thread.

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Beaded diamond shape bracelet Figure 6
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6. Using the other thread, sew through the beadwork to exit the third C picked up in the center row (Figure 5, point a)

 

7. Work the first row to the right of the center row, picking up the following beads per stitch:
Stitch 1: three Cs (a-b).
Stitch 2: two Cs (b-c).
Stitch 3: one A and one C (c-d).
Stitch 4: two As (d-e).
Stitch 5: two As (e-f). Sew through the beadwork as shown (f-g) to get into position to start the next row.

 

8. Work the second row to the right of the center row, picking up the following beads per stitch:
Stitch 1: three As (Figure 6, a-b).
Stitch 2: two Cs (b-c).
Stitch 3: two Cs (c-d). Sew through the next A as shown (d-e) to get into position to start the next row.

Beaded diamond shape bracelet Figure 7
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9. The third row to the right of the center row has just one stitch: one A and two Cs (Figure 7). End this thread.

 

10. Center 2 yd. (1.8 m) of monofilament cord or Fireline in the D at the tip of the diamond. With one end of the thread, pick up a B and two As, sew through the starting D, and continue through the B and the first A just picked up. Work steps 2-9 to create the next diamond.

 

11. Repeat step 10 until you have a total of six diamonds in the band.

 

For full instructions, download the project PDF

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