I can finish a bracelet over a weekend, but assuming you're busier than I am, it may take more like a week or two. If the instructions could use some tweaking for more clarity, please feel free to tell me so!
Step 1: Materials Needed
- Small crochet hook (I used size 10)
- Two sizes of beads
- "big" I used size 8/0
- "small" I used size 12/0
- A piece of wire bent in half
- Needle (Not in the picture)
Step 2: The Loop
Step 3: Starting Base of Bracelet
Step 4: Adding Beads
Hopefully I don't make this too complicated, because it is rather simple. Basically you're pulling a loop through your bead that you will use as the first loop of a sc stitch. Take your piece of wire and put it on the thread. Thread a bead onto the wire and pull the wire through, leaving a substantial loop. Put your hook through the loop, and pull the loop tight. Draw a loop through the next sc, and then pull it through the two loops on your hook. Refer to the pictures for more clarity. This is the way you will add every bead.
Step 5: Continuing the Bracelet
The bead pattern that I'm using is orange, red, orange, red, for three rows, and then red, orange, red, orange for three rows, etc. You will notice that the beads begin to spiral around. They do not just stay on top of each other. Feel free to experiment with different "basic patterns" (e.g. sc, sc, bead, bead, etc.), as well as with different bead patterns. Different bead patterns, as well as different colored threads, produce different effects, as seen in the pictures in step 1 and 7.
Continue with the bracelet, using my pattern or your own, until it is at least long enough that the loop touches the other end of the bracelet when wrapped around your wrist. After that, the sky is the limit with how long you want to make it. You're certainly not limited to just bracelets, you could make necklaces, anklets, etc. I don't have the patience for a necklace, but then, I have yet to try.
Step 6: Finishing
Sc for the next four rounds (stop adding beads), 32 stitches. Now add four "big" beads, sc, bead, sc, bead, etc. This is the "stopper" for the loop. That's it. Knot off, and using your needle sew in both loose ends. There you go!