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Silver and gemstone crochet bangle

Combine natural stone and sterling silver for a bracelet with substance and style
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Few materials lend rich texture to a piece of jewelry like gemstones and sterling silver. This bracelet, with its interior crochet stitches and seamless join, works up quickly, so you can make one in each of your favorite gemstones.

SUPPLIES

bangle 7 in. (18cm)

  • 24 5mm round gemstone beads
  • 48 4.5mm silver accent beads
  • 192 4mm round sterling silver beads
  • 4 in. (10cm) scrap wire
  • Tuff cord, size #2
  • Big Eye needle
  • tapestry needle
  • US size 10 (1.25 mm) steel crochet hook (Please note: the PDF originally stated a 10 mm steel crochet hook. This is incorrect, and is being revised. A new PDF will be posted shortly.)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Thread a Big Eye needle on the spool of Tuff cord, and pick up eight 4mm round sterling silver beads, a 4.5mm silver accent bead, a 5mm gemstone bead, and a 4.5mm accent bead. Repeat until all the beads are used. Do not cut the cord.

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PHOTO A
2. Leaving a 10-in. (25cm) tail, slide a bead down to the crochet hook, and work a bead chain stitch. Repeat for the next four stitches (PHOTO A).
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PHOTO B
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PHOTO C
3. To form a ring, connect the last stitch to the first by inserting the hook to the left of the first bead (PHOTO B). Push the bead over to the right, slide a new bead down, and work a bead slip stitch (PHOTO C).
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PHOTO D

4. Insert the scrap wire through the center of the ring to help identify where your stitches will go (PHOTO D). (I curled the end of my wire to prevent it from slipping out of the work.) Remove the wire after a few rows.

5. Continue to work in bead slip stitch, using medium tension, until all the beads are used. Work one slip stitch without a bead, pull through a 6-in. (15cm) tail, and cut the rope from the spool.

6. Thread the tapestry needle on the 6-in. (15cm) tail, and sew into the center of the crochet rope 2 in. (5cm) from the end. Secure the tail by making half-hitch knots between a few of the beads, and trim the tail close to the rope.

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PHOTO E
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PHOTO F

7. Thread the tapestry needle on the 10-in. (25cm) tail. To position the tail, sew into the thread loop next to the first bead added (PHOTO E).

8a. Hold the two ends together to align the pattern (PHOTO F). Determine which bead on the last round matches the bead the thread is exiting on the first round.

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PHOTO G
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PHOTO H

8b. Sew through to the left of that bead, where you would insert the crochet hook if you were adding another bead slip stitch (PHOTO G). Push that bead over to the right, and pull the end rows together. Sew through the thread loop next to the next bead on the first round, and pull (PHOTO H). Repeat around until the ends are securely sewn together. Secure the tail as before, and trim.

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