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Christmas sweater bracelet

Stitch up a Christmas sweater motif (and not the ugly kind!) for some holly-jolly holiday wear.
Christmas sweater bracelet key


Bracelet 8 in. (20 cm)

  • 13⁄16-in. (2.1 cm) shank button
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
    • 7 g cream (DB0732, opaque dark cream)
    • 5 g green (DB0663, dyed opaque olive)
    • 1 g red (DB0723, opaque red)
  • nylon beading thread, or Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12


Christmas sweater bracelet pattern

Bracelet band

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Starting at the lower-left corner of the pattern, pick up 11/0 cylinder beads for rows 1 and 2: one green, one cream, one red, one green, 16 cream, one green, one cream, one green, and one cream.

2. Following the pattern, work in three-drop peyote stitch using the appropriate color cylinders. End and add thread as needed while you stitch, and end the working thread and tail when you complete the band.

Christmas sweater bracelet fig 1
Figure 1

Toggle button

Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to the starting end of the bracelet, and exit a trio of up-beads in the end row so that your thread is exiting closest to the center of the row. Pick up seven red cylinders, the shank of the button, and seven red cylinders, and sew back through the same trio of up-beads (FIGURE 1). Sew through the beadwork to exit the same trio of up-beads with your thread once again exiting closest to the center of the row, and retrace the thread path of the button connection. End the thread.

Christmas sweater bracelet fig 2
Figure 2

Toggle ring

1. Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to the other end of the bracelet. Notice that one corner on this end begins with a trio of up-beads. Sew through the beadwork to exit these three up-beads, and then continue through the next three down-beads and three up-beads.

2. Pick up 37 cream cylinders, and sew through the next trio of up-beads with your needle pointing toward the beads your thread exited at the start of this step (FIGURE 2, a–b).

3. Sew through the beadwork to exit the first cream cylinder added in step 2. Work in peyote stitch around the loop, using one cream cylinder per stitch (b–c). Sew into the bracelet and end the thread.

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