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If you prefer a quiet evening of beading to a night on the town, this bracelet gives you just the excuse to “sit one out.” 
 
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MATERIALS
two-row pink/blue bracelet 6¾ in. (17.1 cm)

  • 40 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, Montana)
  • 4 g 1.8 mm cube beads (Miyuki 204, baby pink-lined crystal)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 3 g color A (Miyuki 551, gilt-lined opal)
    • 1 g color B (Miyuki 19, silver-lined sapphire)
  • 4 6 mm jump rings
  • 2-strand slide clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pairs of pliers 

two-row blue/pink bracelet colors
  • 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, light amethyst)
  • 1.5 mm cube beads (Toho 58, dark blue-lined transparent aqua)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • color A (Miyuki 524A, sky blue Ceylon)
    • color B (Miyuki 2211, lined lavender AB)

three-row blue/silver bracelet 6¾ in. (17.1 cm)

  • 60 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, sapphire)
  • 5 g 1.8 mm cube beads (Miyuki 150FR, sapphire frosted AB)
  • 4 g 11/0 seed beads, color A (Miyuki 1051, galvanized silver)
  • 2 g 15/0 seed beads, color B (Miyuki 20, silver-lined cobalt)
  • 6 6 mm jump rings
  • 3-strand slide clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pairs of pliers
DESIGNER'S NOTE: These instructions result in a bracelet approximately 6¾ in. (17.1 cm) long. To add length, add stitches to the seed bead segments, or work more segments with fewer stitches in each. Another alternative is to use additional jump rings to attach the clasp.
 
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Figure 1
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1. On 2½ yd. (2.9 m) of Fireline, pick up four color A 11/0 seed beads, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the first A again to form a ring (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up a 1.8 mm cube bead and three As. Sew through the nearest A from the previous stitch and the first A picked up in this step (b–c)

3. Repeat step 2 five more times (c–d).

4. Pick up a cube bead, a 3 mm bicone crystal, a color B 11/0 seed bead, a 3 mm, a cube bead, and four As. Sew through the first A just picked up (d–e)

5. Repeat step 2 five more times (e–f)

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 four more times until you have six seed bead segments separated by five crystal segments.

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Figure 2

7. Repeat step 2 once for a total of seven cube beads in this segment (FIGURE 2, a–b). Sew through the next two As (b–c).

8. Pick up a cube bead, and sew through the bottom A of the next stitch (c–d). Repeat this stitch until you have a total of six cubes along the bottom of this segment (d–e).

9. Pick up a cube bead and a 3 mm, and sew through the next B in the previous row (e–f). Pick up a 3 mm and a cube bead, and sew through the bottom A of the next stitch (f–g).

10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you sew through the last bottom A.

 
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Figure 3

1. Sew through the next two As in the end stitch and the next three beads along this edge (FIGURE 3, a–b)

2. Pick up a B, a cube bead, and a B. Sew through the cube bead your thread exited at the start of this step, and continue through the next two beads along this edge (b–c)

3. Pick up a B and a cube bead. Sew through the nearest B in the previous stitch, the cube bead your thread exited at the start of this step, and the next two beads along this edge (c–d). Repeat this stitch three more times. Sew through the beadwork to exit the second cube bead in the next seed bead segment (d–e).

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 five more times, but when adding the last stitch in the last repeat of step 3, sew through only the cube bead your thread exited at the start of the stitch instead of continuing on through the next two beads along this edge. 

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Figure 4

5. Sew through the last B and cube bead just picked up (FIGURE 4, a–b). Pick up four As, and sew through the first A again to form a ring. Sew through the next cube bead (b–c)

6. Pick up three As, and sew through the nearest A in the previous stitch, the first A just picked up, and the next cube bead (c–d). Repeat this stitch two more times (d–e).

7. Pick up three As, sew through the nearest A in the previous stitch, and continue through the first A just picked up. Pick up a cube bead, a 3 mm, a B, a 3 mm, a cube bead, and four As. Sew through the first A just picked up, and then sew through the next cube bead along this edge (e–f).

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Figure 5

8. Work as in steps 6 and 7 to complete the row, but in step 7, stop after adding the first stitch of three As (FIGURE 5, a–b).

9. Pick up a cube bead and three As. Sew through the nearest A in the previous stitch, the first A just picked up (b–c), and the next two As in the end stitch (c–d).

10. Pick up a cube bead, and sew through the top A in the next stitch (d–e). Repeat this stitch until you have added six cube beads. Pick up a cube bead and a 3 mm, and sew through the next B. Pick up a 3 mm and a cube bead, and sew through the top A in the next stitch (e–f). Repeat this stitch until you sew through the top A in the last stitch of the row.

11. Pick up a cube bead and three As. Sew through the nearest A in the previous stitch and the first A just picked up. Repeat this stitch once, and then sew through the next twoAs in the end stitch. Pick up a cube bead, and sew through the top A of the next stitch. 

12. Sew through the next cube bead and A, and then end the working thread and tail.

Subsequent rows
1. Add 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline to one of the rows, exiting the second cube bead along an outside edge.

2. Work as in steps 2–12 of “Second row.” 

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 above for each additional row desired.

Clasp
Open a jump ring, and attach an end stitch of one row to a loop of the clasp. Repeat to attach each loop of the clasp.

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