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Crochet Beaded Friendship Bracelet

by | Accessories, All Designs, Crochet, DIY, Free Patterns

I have gotten a few requests to put up a pattern for the crocheted beaded friendship bracelets I posted about a while back.  I wasn’t sure about the implications of posting something that I figured out from staring at Etsy photos, but after some thought, I don’t think that’s too different than staring at Pinterest photos and doing your own spin on things.  Plus, being vague about the general concept of the bracelet didn’t seem to work, so  I’m over the guilt, but I’ll let you know if the patent police come after me.

For an intro on this project, check out my previous post.

One Dog Woof: Crochet Beaded Friendship Bracelet

 

Supplies:

2.5mm crochet hook
6 strand embroidery thread
30 size 6 glass beads
large sewing needle small enough to go through the beads

Abbreviations:

sl st: slip stitch
ch: chain
st: stitch

Thread 30 seed beads onto your embroidery floss.

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 each of next 4 st. Sl st a bead in each of next 30 st. 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 each st across.  Leave a 7-8 inch tail and fasten off.

One Dog Woof: Beaded Friendship Bracelet

Now you have the body of the bracelet with a two tails on the same side of the bracelet.  Now cut 3 lengths of embroidery floss, each about 14-15 inches (twice the length of a tail).  Loop one of the strands on the end with the tails, and loop the other two strands on the other end,so you have 4 “tails” on each end of the bracelet.  You can use a lark’s knot or just tie it however you need to secure it to the body.  Now work a 4-way braid on each end.  The length of the braid is up to you – it’ll depend on whether you want to make the bracelet adjustable or just tie the ends together.  If you want to make the ends adjustable, you’ll have to create a macrame knot (or a series of square knots) to hold the two ends together.

One Dog Woof: Crochet Bracelet with Beads

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!

One Dog Woof: Crochet Bracelet

One Dog Woof: Crochet Beaded Friendship Bracelet

50 Comments

  1. Violet Park

    Simple but Great!
    May I introduce your pattern via my blog?

    If you agree, I’d like to translate this pattern into Korean.

    Thank you.

    Reply
  2. jessica

    I’m so confused on how to even start the bracelet.

    Reply
  3. Heleen

    Hi there,

    Love your work!! Just one question.. I’m dutch so it’s a bit a difficulty for me to follow the US pattern. I have the bracelet finished so far, but how to make the adjustable ends? Greetings, Heleen

    Reply
    • ChiWei

      The ends are braided, and then I use a macrame square knot to create a loop around both of the braids. Since the braids are knotted at the end, once the loop around them is secure, neither end can fall out of the loop.

      Reply
  4. Thandie Dowery

    Hi Chiwei,

    Love your bracelets! (“,)

    Am not sure what I’m doing wrong, but the beads are not coming out straight no matter how tight I pull them. Do you know what the problem might be?

    Thanks
    Thandie

    Reply
    • ChiWei

      Hi Thandie, the few times I’ve had my beads come out crooked, I think I pulled them too tight, actually, so that they were too close together. If I crochet them on a bit loose, they seem to have a bit more room to wiggle and I can sort of line them up a bit straighter. Sorry that’s not too much help!

      Reply
  5. Tara

    Love this! I can’t tell you how long I have spent looking at those Etsy pictures either. If you winged it and made it yourself those patent police have nothing to go on! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
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    You will you should definitely brighten their day with a new bracelet they’ll put on and take
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  7. Kristy

    I found your post and thought I would give it a try. Mine looks awesome however.. I am having a hard time finishing it off.

    When you say loop one of the strands on the end with tail… do you mean just loop it through anywhere?

    Are you braiding and then tie the sliding knot?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • ChiWei

      I do braid the ends and then tie the sliding knot around. And to add the tail, yes, just to anywhere on the end.

      Reply
  8. Nery

    Hi thanks for pattern! A question. .. why my bracelet twist? 🙁

    Reply
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  10. Marcia Kirby

    So you never actually have to put your crochet hook through the bead?

    By the way, I made two Classic Stuffed Bunnies for Easter. My grandchildren loved them and the directions were great. Thank you.

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  11. Marcia Kirby

    At the beginning of chain, are the beads at your left hand and tail at right hand? Are you chaining toward the beads?

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  12. Marcia

    I did it! The bracelet looks great. Couldn’t cope with floss so went to 24/7 cotton. Easier to work with. Also alternated beads with the sl. st. Now trying to square knot!

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  14. Kelly

    awesome thank you, beautiful

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  15. pikcat

    I love it! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial! I will make a tons of bracelet for my little sisters.

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  16. Nadira

    Can I use yarn instead?

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  17. Nadira

    Do I continue to slip stitch in back for every row?

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  18. Barb BORAN

    I love this bracelet, love beads and love crochet so this is perfect however I’m stumped and hope u will take the time to try and help me so I can make this. Anyway in row 1 do u mean the back bump of the chain or the back loop? For the next row do u go into that horizontal bar or into the front or back loop. Same with the next row. I watched a video on how to do slip stitch crochet and it shows going into the bar. Is there a utube video I could watch that shows the second row. Thank you!!!!!

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  19. s

    do you have a video, because i just don’t get the last part where you take 3 pieces 14-15 ” long etc., from there ….

    Reply

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