Monday, November 23, 2015

New Bead Crochet Bracelet Pattern Up In Shop!

Just listed this new bracelet pattern this afternoon in my Etsy shop.  Make lots of these sparkly crochet bracelets in different colors for yourself or to give as gifts.  They don't take long and you'll have some really unique crochet jewelry!  As usual, only basic crochet knowledge is needed to make these bracelets. Hope you enjoy!

Crochet Child's Purse Pattern - Strawberries!

Couldn't help myself- I had to take a break from my usual jewelry patterns and create a little strawberry child's purse to go with the change purse pattern already in my shop.  I have a very happy little girl this morning.  Pattern coming soon! 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

New Take on an Old Piece

Sometimes I like to go back and create a new piece from an old pattern.  Today I had a little fun with some blue czech glass beads I had stashed away.  I love the way it turned out.  I added some charms and a little blue glass drop to the bracelet closure for a little something extra...

I updated the pattern listing with the new photos and the listing can be found here.

For more fun crochet patterns, check out my Etsy shop!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New Bracelet Design

Just finished up a new bracelet design today and I can't wait to get started on the pattern.  I always started out with something specific in mind and often times veer off in a slightly different direction once I get started, which is what happened here.  I hope to get this pattern up before Thanksgiving.  In the meantime, check out my other patterns in my Etsy shop!  

Thursday, November 12, 2015

New Crochet Earring Pattern

Just listed this new crochet earring pattern in the shop last week.  A simple, easy pattern that can be used for earrings or pendants.  If you used red and green, these would look just like Christmas wreaths, perfect for Christmas!  Check out the pattern here!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New Crochet Bracelet Pattern! 

I've been at work this week on a new crochet bracelet and it is now listed in my Etsy shop.  I wanted lots of beads and lots of bohemian sparkle with this one!   If you are familiar with the crochet basics, then this pattern should be no problem for you.  Make one for yourself or make some as gifts.  Check it out here and for lots more crochet patterns, check out my Etsy shop.  

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Free Color Stripe Crochet Bracelet Pattern

I'm sharing a free crochet bracelet pattern today on my blog.  This is one of my earlier patterns and has a friendship bracelet feel to it.  Hope you enjoy!  

Color Stripe Crochet Bracelet Tutorial

Here is the list of materials you will need:

Any crochet thread or yarn.  I used Tahki Cotton Classic which is a DK weight cotton yarn.  The number of stitches needed and the look of the bracelet will depend on the materials used. 

Size 3.25mm or 2.75mm crochet hook  (or appropriate sized hook for the thread or yarn you are using).

Clear glue or fray check for finishing the ends and some craft glue for the beginning of the project.

58 Size 6/0 seed beads if you are using beads (This is the number used for the pattern.  If you use more or less stitches, then you will need a different number of beads.  I explain how to determine the number of beads needed in the tutorial)



First you will crochet the middle stripe.  Choose the color you want to use and chain 30 stitches, leaving about a 6 inch tail at both ends.  If 30 stitches is not the length you want for your bracelet, add or decrease the number of stitches.  Clip your thread and pull it through with your hook.

If you are using beads, you will thread the beads onto the crochet thread that you will be using for the outside color.  Apply a little craft glue to the end of the thread and twist the end to make it as narrow as possible.  Let it dry.  Then thread all 58 beads on.  If you chained more or less than 30 stitches with your middle color, then you will need a different number of beads.  Take the total number of chain stitches, double it, and then subtract 2.  The result will be the number of beads you need.  If you are not using beads, you will follow all other instructions in the tutorial that do not pertain to the beads.

Now, you will cast the thread onto your hook (leaving a tail of about 6 inches) and, starting at one end, single crochet with a bead into every stitch of the middle chain. (I will explain how to do this in a minute).  If you are using beads, start with the back of the chain facing you (see photo below).  If you are not using beads, you can start with the front or the back of the chain facing you.                            
To single crochet with a bead, you will insert your hook into the stitch, then yarn over...

Pull back through and pull one of the beads down the thread and next to your hook.  Yarn over above the bead and pull through both loops on your hook (see photos below).

The side facing you will look like this while you are working:


The other side will look like this:

When you are done with the first side, clip your thread (again leaving about 6 inches) and pull through with your hook.  Now work the other side in the same fashion.   When you are done, make an over hand knot at each end with all three threads:


Next, braid the three threads at each end.   It helps to put the bracelet under something heavy, like a book, while you are braiding. 


Next, just tie it on your wrist.  I like to make sure that I leave it just loose enough to slip on and off my wrist.  Tie another overhand knot on each side where you want the ends of the bracelet to be.  Clip any excess and apply a little glue or fray check to the ends to keep them from raveling.  You’re done! 

You can come up with all kinds of color combinations with thread and beads.  Stack the bracelets together or wear them alone.  I hope you have fun with this tutorial!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Crochet Heart Pattern

New crochet heart pattern up at my Etsy shop.  The pattern allows you to make plain hearts in two sizes or a larger lacy heart.  Works with just about any thread.  Use this crochet applique pattern to make lots of crochet hearts for all of your craft projects!