Forest Path Bracelet Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
The Czech glass beads in this bracelet create an earthy display full of moss tones, brown soil colors, and leafy greens. The crochet technique adds to the organic feel of this piece. Wrap this bracelet around your wrist and imagine a magical path winding through the forest!
Step one: We used The BeadSmith Super-Lon bead cord in brown and a size E (3.5mm) crochet hook. Thread all of the Czech glass 9mm roundel beads in topaz with Picasso, green and clear with Picasso, and yellow and purple with Picasso onto the cord, working on the spool. It doesn't hurt to string more than necessary, because when you cut your thread, you can always remove the ones you don't need. You can also add beads at that point if you need to. The TierraCast antique copper-plated pewter swirl button will be the closure and the last component added to the cord. Add it to the cord and then loop the cord through the button holes three times. Tie a knot at the back of the button. Make sure to leave a six inch tail on your cord.
Step two: Refer to our Crochet with Beads MiniVid to learn how to crochet with beads. Start with two empty stitches (stitches without beads) as close to the button as possible and then make a stitch with a Czech glass bead. Follow this pattern for the rest of the bracelet:
Two empty stitches
One stitch with a Czech glass bead
Repeat this pattern until the bracelet is the desired length, keeping in mind that the button and loop closure will take up about 1 1/2 inches of the length. Our bracelet measures 22 inches from the end of the TierraCast button to the end of the bead loop. We used 48 Czech glass beads, which makes a 7 1/2-inch triple wrap bracelet.
Step three: After you add the last bead, crochet about 14 empty stitches and tie the strand off by removing the crochet hook and threading the tail through the loop left by the hook. This chain of stitches will become the loop for the button closure.
Step four: At the button end of the bracelet, using the tail of the cord and a large eye needle, weave the tail through the crochet toward the first bead, thread it through the bead (you may need pliers to pull it through) and then weave it back through the crochet and knot. Weave through the next bead and then cut as close to the bead as possible.
Step five: At the other end of the bracelet, fold the crocheted chain in half and thread the tail into the existing crochet. Check to make sure that the loop is the correct size for the button. Weave and tie off your cord as you did on the other end of the bracelet. Secure with adhesive.
Tools & Supplies: Beadalon Stainless Steel Big Eye Needles 2.25 Inch Length (4 Pack) (SUP-0057)
List of Components: Czech Glass 9mm Topaz with Picasso Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-1382, qty 1)
Czech Glass 9mm Green and Clear with Picasso Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-1397, qty 1)
Czech Glass 9mm Yellow and Purple with Picasso Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-1410, qty 1)
TierraCast Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Swirl Button (CA-6574, qty 1)
The BeadSmith S-Lon (Super-Lon) Bead Cord Brown 77 yard Spool (SLON0003, qty 1)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: The BeadSmith Super-Lon Bead Cord Summer Mix - 12 Spools, 77 yards ea. (SLON-MIX10)
The BeadSmith S-Lon (Super-Lon) Bead Cord Bronze 77 yard Spool (SLON0004)
Czech Glass 9mm Amber and Green Swirled with Picasso Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-1378)
Czech Glass 9mm Dark Topaz with Picasso Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-1381)
Czech Glass 9mm Wasabi Green with Picasso Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-1395)
Czech Glass 9mm Yellow and Milky Peach with Picasso Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-1402)
Czech Glass 9mm Transparent and Opaque Green with Picasso Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-1411)
Czech Glass 9mm Transparent Light Green and Opaque White with Picasso Roundel Bead Strand (BEADS-1416)