Whether you’re looking for last minute gifts, or just want a quick craft for party favors, this crochet beaded friendship bracelet is sure to hit the mark! You can use any color embroidery thread or thin yarn, and any style beads to create endless possibilities. Use letter beads to spell out names and phrases on these fun fashion accessories!
These light, elegant bracelets use size 6 glass seed beads crocheted onto DMC embroidery thread. You can also use lace or fingering weight yarns or crochet thread as the base. Larger size alphabet beads may need a slightly thicker, like a sport or DK weight yarn. You can play around with different types of yarns and beads to get the combination you like!
The crochet bracelet uses only chain stitches and slip stitches. When working with slip stitches, make sure to keep your stitches very loose. We all have a tendency to tighten the slip stitch as we work the next stitch, so you’ll need to be aware of the tension as you work.
The instructions below use 30 beads for an adult size bracelet. For a child, I’ve used around 20-25 beads. You’ll want to create a chain slightly longer than the number of beads you want to use. For example, for 30 beads, you’ll chain 39, for 4 unbeaded stitches on either side. (You’ll lose 1 stitch when you turn.)
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Crochet Beaded Friendship Bracelet Pattern
- Size C/2.75mm crochet hook
- 6 strand embroidery thread
- 20-30 size 6 glass beads
- sewing needle small enough to go through the beads
- super glue
- ch – chain stitch
- FLO – front loop only
- sl st(es) – slip stitch(es)
- st(s) – stitch(es)
Thread 30 seed beads onto your embroidery thread or yarn.
Row 1: Leave a 7-8 inch tail. Ch. 39. Turn
Row 2: Sl st in back ridge of the 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in each chain across. Turn.
Row 3: Ch. 1, sl st in FLO in each of next 4 st, *move a bead to the right of your hook, sl st in FLO of next st. Repeat from * 30 sts, sl st next 4 st. Turn.
The bead part isn’t as hard as it sounds. Push each bead tightly to the work before inserting your hook into the stitch to complete the slip stitch. The bead should now be on the right of your hook, while the unused beads continue to be on the left of the hook. (for right handers)
Row 4: Ch 1, sl st in FLO in each st across. Leave a 7-8 inch tail and fasten off.
Now you have the body of the bracelet with a two tails on the same side of the bracelet.
Cut 5 lengths of embroidery thread, each about 14-15 inches (twice the length of a tail).
Attach 3 strands to the end with no tails, using a lark’s head knot. Attach the other 2 strands to the end with the 2 tails. You should have 6 “tails” on each end of the bracelet.
Split the 6 tails into 3 strands and braid for 2-3 inches. Tie ends with a knot, and cut off remaining yarn ends.
Use a separate length of yarn, and tie a slightly loose knot both bracelet tails. Work 5-6 macrame knots (or a series of square knots) around both bracelet tails. Be careful not to over tighten the square knots – the tails should be free to move. Secure the macrame join with a square knot and cut ends. Add a dab of super glue to the knot ends to prevent fraying.
For mine, I ended the braids with a knot, added a couple more beads and tied another knot to hold them in place. The finishing touches are completely up to you!