Knotty Jewelry

That is a great name for the collection of jewelry pieces I’ve been designing since last week.  It all started with learning how to make the half square knot and creating some cool accent pieces for my beaded elastic bracelets….and now, I don’t know that it is an “obsession”, but as I am working a bracelet or anklet, I’m already thinking of the next one I can make!

There are so many inspirational photographs online and so many free tutorials it is easy to get swept away.   Look how pretty this beginner anklet is I made for myself:

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I haven’t taken it off since I finished making it and it’s holding up beautifully and wearing very comfortably!  I just love it!

Once I broke out the seed beads….well….I’ve made two trips out for more colors of both seed beads and cording to work with; as well as buying a few things that will make working the bracelets up faster and easier.

This morning I am working on this pattern for bracelets and anklets…

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The possibilities are endless for this pretty little piece.  The picture shows Red Heart Thread in Aqua #10.  The silver beads came in a multi-pack of beads I bought from Wal-Mart.

This is my favorite combination so far.  I’m making a bracelet now, but I will be making an anklet size for these as well.  When I have finished a few more of them, I will come back and share the free tutorials I used and a good list of supplies.

I’m going to get back to working on more pieces.  I have plans to make these two patterns in particular and add them to my booth when I sign up for a few craft fairs this coming summer.  Plus, I’m feeling crafty, so it is time to get back to it.

Happy Hooking!

 

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Crochet Beaded Anklet for the Beach!

It feels so nice to title something in my writings about the beach!  I love it because that means summer has arrived, even if not by the calendar’s standards yet.   My daughter, Panda and I decided to load up the car with goodies and head for Cape May, NJ with the grand baby in tow.

These are the trips I love….the beginning and ending of the summer season is so wonderful.  There is just something about the atmosphere before the schools let out and the vacationers arrive in masses.  The day came and went without a cloud in the sky.  There was a light breeze blowing keeping the temperature down a bit since the water was way too chilly to swim in and for a short while we sat and watched a school of dolphins feasting just off the shore.

Once again, Cape May did not disappoint.  It was a great day trip and I can’t wait to head back maybe one more time before summer is in full swing.

The night before we went to the beach, Panda and I planned out a short list of necessary things to bring and I found that when we were done with the list and the prepacking items I had a little time to kill.  Enough time that I started thinking about how cool it would be to have a new ankle bracelet for the day.  I have a whole category on my Pinterest page devoted to crochet jewelry but until this I hadn’t had an inspiration to create anything.  Black and Blue Bracelet

The fun thing about crochet jewelry is that with just a little skill and a small amount of materials you can create something unique.  I bought a set of hooks years ago that had some of the very small “numbered” hooks.  I used some thread that I have on hand, although for these kinds of projects you can use almost any medium:  elastic cord, leather cording, hemp, crochet thread, embroidery thread…you get the idea.  I just happened to have crochet thread and some nice small glass beads.

I made two bracelets for myself and one anklet and I made two anklets for Panda.  I think they turned out beautifully and I cannot wait to try a few more creative endeavors with this medium.  If you are interested in making this particular anklet, you can find the pattern for it here.  I think a beginner to crochet may have some trouble with it, but it’s certainly an easy project for someone intermediate who is okay with how they stitch and familiar with reading patterns.  Ankle Bracelet

I have created a pattern for the black bracelet pictured.  The multi-colored glass bead bracelet was simply stringing beads onto a length of crochet thread and then tied together securely with the ends snipped short.  It’s a cute little color accent for the summer.  That particular bracelet could be made with your kids as a fun rainy day craft.  You can put clear nail polish on the end of the thread and you can eliminate the need for using beading needles to guide the beads on the thread.

For simplicities sake, I will just call this creation:

Black and Blue Beaded Bracelet

You will need:

Crochet Thread or similar medium in #20 about 3-4′

Glass beads any color in 6mm (@60-75)

Beading needle or sewing needle

Crochet Hook Size E or 3.50mm

Scissors and Tapestry needle

Before you begin crocheting,  you will need to place all of the beads on the thread in the order you want them to appear on the bracelet.  Use a beading needle or place clear nail polish on the end of the thread to aid in placing the beads on the thread.

Begin  chain 55 or number needed to obtain length (about 7 1/2″ for bracelet, about 9″ for anklets)

Round One:  Slip Stitch into second chain from hook and in next three stitches. Bring one glass bead and place it against the last slip stitch.  Hold the bead in place and complete a slip stitch into the next stitch.  Repeat this process until you reach the end.  Do not turn work yet, but chain 10 from the end of the last stitch and then slip stitch back into the same stitch you began chaining from.  This will create a small loop big enough for a button-hole.

DO NOT TURN your bracelet, but begin working down the other side of the beads you just attached by slip stitching all the way to the end.

DO NOT TURN your bracelet, but again work down this side of the bracelet creating slip stitches all the way to the last stitch before the button-hole loop.  Slip stitch into the last stitch.

Fasten off and hide your loose threads.

On the end of the bracelet that has four empty stitches, place a small button or decorative bead in a larger size centered in this space.  Attach it with embroidery thread and fasten off.

You can add charms or other pretties as you wish.

If you do create something with this pattern, I would love to see it.  Feel free to leave me a message below and as always;

Happy Hooking!!