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Versatile knitted bracelet

Enjoy the supple movement of this colorful bracelet worked in bead knitting

Knitted bracelet

Vary the thread and beads used in this easy-to-knit bracelet for as many colorful combinations as you’d like. You can adjust the length of your bracelet by knitting more rows without beads, or knitting with looser tension.

 

Materials

 Bracelet 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)

  • 30 g 11/0 seed beads
  • 2 7/8-in. (2.2 cm) crimp ends
  • ball-and-socket clasp
  • 2 4 mm jump rings
  • Perle cotton thread, #8
  • Big Eye needle
  • tapestry needle, #18
  • G-S Hypo Cement
  • knitting needles, 000
  • 2 pairs of chainnose pliers

 

Instructions

Bracelet

 

1. Attach a Big Eye needle to the spooled thread. String at least 1,200 beads, or about 5 ft. (1.5 m) of beads, leaving the thread on the spool.

 

2. Leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail, cast 12 stitches onto a knitting needle and knit eight rows.

Knitted bracelet Photo a
Photo A
Knitted bracelet Photo B
Photo B

3. Work the following rows in bead knitting:
Row 9: Knit two stitches (K2). Slide one bead up to the last stitch you knit, and snug it up (B1). Knit the next stitch without beads (Photo A), then knit a second stitch (K2). Add another bead, and work in the K2, B1 sequence until you reach the last two stitches. K2.
Rows 10-11: K2, B2 five times. K2.
Rows 12-13: K2, B3 five times. K2.
Rows 14-15: K2, B4 five times. K2.
Rows 16-19 (four rows): K2, B5 five times. K2 (Photo B)
Rows 20-21: K2, B4 five times. K2.
Rows 22-23: K2, B3 five times. K2.
Rows 24-25: K2, B2 five times. K2.
Rows 26-27: K2, B1 five times. K2.
Rows 28-33 (six rows): Knit all stitches.

Knitted bracelet Photo C

Photo C

4. Repeat rows 9-33 three times. 

 

5. Knit two rows without beads.

 

6. Bind off. Cut the thread from the spool, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail.

 

7. Thread a tapestry needle on one of the tails. Weave 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the tail in and out of the knitting (Photo C), and trim. Repeat on the other end.

 

Crimp ends and clasp

Knitted bracelet Photo D
Photo D
Knitted bracelet Photo E

Photo E

1. Open a jump ring. Attach the loop of a crimp end and the loop of one half of the clasp (Photo D), and close the jump ring. Repeat with the other crimp end and clasp half.

 

2. On one end of the knitting, dot the last row with glue (Photo E). Place a crimp end over the last few rows of knitting, and snug it up. Gently close the crimp end with pliers, applying just enough pressure to secure the clasp without cutting the thread (Photo F). Repeat with the other half of the clasp.

 

Alternative sliding-tube bar clasp

Knitted bracelet Photo F
Photo F
Knitted G
Photo G

1. Knit six additional non-beaded rows at both ends of your bracelet.

 

2. Fold one end of the knitting around the bar of the clasp, match it up with a non-beaded row of knitting, and sew the knitting together using the thread tail. Tie a half-hitch knot. Sew across the knitting again to reinforce the join. Tie a half-hitch knot. Weave 1 in. (2.5 cm) of the tail in and out of the knitting, and trim (Photo G). Repeat with the other half of the clasp.

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