Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Christmas Motifs Bracelet


This is a pattern I made nearly 5 years ago. I'm reviving it here with edited instructions. I'm sorry it took so long!

SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bracelet: approximately 1.45 inches wide and 6.5 inches long
Length can be adjusted for woman’s sizes 

YARN
Monaco Mercerized Cotton Thread size 8, color burgundy (A) and dark green (B)
OR any crochet cotton thread size 10 or size 8, color burgundy and dark green

CROCHET HOOK
Size 3 Steel Crochet Hook (1.3mm) or size required for gauge

GAUGE 30 sc = 4 inches

TERMINOLOGY
Pattern is written using US crochet terminology
NOTIONS

Burgundy color sewing thread
2-cut rocaille beads (gold) (3 pcs for each motif)
Beading needle
Decorative button or bead for closure



DESIGN NOTES

The bracelet is made up of a strip of motifs joined together at the second round. A button/bead loop is crocheted and a button/bead sewn at the ends of the bracelet for closure.

The bracelet can also be completed by crocheting the motifs separately then joining them together by sewing with matching color thread.

The bracelet shown is made with five motifs for a length of 6.5 inches. You can adjust the length of the bracelet by using more or less motifs. The standard size for women’s bracelet is 7 inches.
It is recommended to starch the bracelet lightly, before adding the beads, to protect it from dirt.

You can substitute yarn. Select strong, firm yarn such as cotton, hemp or linen. Avoid soft yarns like bamboo, silk or viscose. You can use heavier weight yarn as well such as 4-ply or 6-ply yarn, and you may not need to starch the item.

INSTRUCTIONS
SPECIAL STITCHES
PICOT: Ch 3, sl st in third ch from hook (picot made)

BRACELET
FIRST MOTIF
With A, ch 5 (count as dc, ch-1).

Rnd 1: Dc in fifth ch fr hook, *ch 1, dc in same ch, rep fr * 3 times, ch 1, sl st in top of first dc to join. Finish off. (6 dcs made with ch between them)

Rnd 2: Join B with sc to ch-1 sp, *ch 1, 3 picot, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep fr * five times ending with sl st in first sc to join. Finish off. (6 petals with 3 picots in each petal made)

SECOND MOTIF
As in first round of first motif. Continue with second round as follows (this joins the second motif to the first motif):

Rnd 2: Join B with sc to ch-1 sp, ch 1, picot, ch 1, sl st in middle picot of one of the six petals of the first motif, ch 1, sl st in previous ch of working motif, picot, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of working motif; ch 1, picot, ch 1, sl st in middle picot of the next petal of the first motif, ch 1, sl st in previous ch of working motif, picot, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of working motif; *ch 1, 3 picot, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep fr * 3 times ending with sl st in first sc to join. Finish off.

SUCCEEDING MOTIFS
Continue adding more motifs as described in instructions for making second motif. The model bracelet shown is made with 5 motifs to make a bracelet 6.5 inches long.

BUTTON/BEAD LOOP
Join B with sl st to sc at end of bracelet, ch 7 (to make loop for bead/button.), sl st back into sc. Check if the bead/button fits, and adjust ch loop as necessary, then finish off.

FINISHING
With matching color thread sew the bead/buton to the other end of the bracelet. Weave in all ends and block. Using burgundy color sewing thread, sew three gold rocaille beads in center of each motif.