Make This Yellow Leaf Bead Crochet Bracelet for Fall!

Sep 30, 2013

The leaves are in full-on color up here in the Adirondacks, and the days and nights are getting noticeably cooler. That means it's time to do a little bead crochet by the wood stove ever evening after dinner, and this beautiful Yellow Leaf Bracelet by Amy Clark Moore is the perfect way to capture a little bit of the colorful Adirondack mountains we see every autumn. This is an easy bead crochet bracelet project, and if there aren't enough glass leaf beads for your taste, just add some more until you have a forest of colorful glass beads on your bracelet!

This is the perfect bead crochet project for us cross-crafters in the beading community, or for someone else who loves to play with new beading and crafting techniques. It's also a great project to make with friends who know how to crochet!

Finished Size 3/8" wide and 9" long

Yarn DMC Pearl Cotton, Size 5 (100% mercerized cotton; 27 yd [25 m]/ 1/5 oz. [5 g]; CYCA #1 super fine): #90 yellow variegated, 1 skein.

Hook Size 7 (1.65 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Sewing needle; light-colored sewing thread; 36 (or more) size 8 glass seed beads; 12 (or more) glass leaf beads; 1/2" wide scrap cloth; copper-core wire; wire cutters; smooth needle nose pliers

Gauge 3 1/2 sts = 1/4" in sc in the rnd and 6 1/2 rnds = 1" in sc in the rnd.

Skill Level Easy

Step-by-step Instructions

With sewing needle and yarn, string 4 size 8 glass seed beads, 1 leaf bead. Repeat sequence until all leaf beads are strung. With hook and beaded yarn, ch 3 and join to form ring. Next rnd: Sc into each ch around, inc 1 st (slide beads down yarn; do not incorporate beads yet) -- 4 sc. Next rnd: Sc into each st around, pass one bead onto working yarn so that it is "stuck" between sts. Cont in this manner, incorporating 1 bead each rnd, staggering bead placement around tube, until bracelet fits comfortably around your wrist. Do not fasten off. With wire cutters, cut a copper-core wire 1/2" longer than bracelet. Use smooth needle nose pliers to make simple loops at each end of wire so that they won't poke through the bracelet, and are now slightly shorter than the bracelet. Wrap the wire with a 1/2" wide strip of scrap cloth so that it is completely covered. Sew cloth in place. Ease cloth-covered wire inside crocheted tube and adjust to fit. You may have to adjust the length of the crocheted tube so that it comfortably fits the wire. Once is it adjusted, fasten off, cut yarn and use tail to tack opening closed. With yarn, yack other end closed, and trim the ends.

If you're getting ready to hunker down for the winter and in need of some great beading projects, you'll find everything you need in each issue of Beadwork magazine. With fantastic beading projects by some of your favorite bead artists and designers, you'll find plenty of ideas to keep you busy through autumn, including great holiday gift ideas for your friends! Subscribe to Beadwork magazine and stay inspired all year long!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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