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I recently have started to crochet again, but I am just a beginner so I am trying to make easy patterns.
The great thing about crochet is that easy doesn't necessarily mean obvious...you can make very nice things using basic crochet stitches!

I first made this bracelet using simple cotton but after I read about the Vintage Contest, I decided to "destroy" an old VHS cassette and see what I could do with it! :D

So, here is my crocheted bracelet made with VHS tape! :)

Step 1: What You Need

List of stitches used for this bracelet:
  • chain stitch
  • slip stitch
  • single crochet - sc
  • half double crochet - hdc
  • double crochet - dc

Step 2:

The first thing you have to do is opening a VHS cassette:
using your screwdriver, remove all 5 screws in the back of the cassette and open it.

All you have to do is removing the 2 white "wheels" that contain the black tape and putting the rest of the cassette aside.

Step 3:

You'll see that the beggining of the tape is transparent.
We don't need that part so you can either cut it or separate the 2 parts like I did (see the pictures).

Right now your tape is too large to crochet so gently stretch it with your fingers to harden it and create a thinner cord.
Work on small sections at a time for a better result.

Do this for your whole tape...or at least, enough tape to make a bracelet! :D

Step 4: Let's Crochet!

Now that you have your cord ready, it's time to crochet your bracelet!

Start making a slipknot.
Chain 7 and slip stitch in the slipknot.

Chain 1 and turn.
Make a sc, a hdc, 7 dc, a hdc, a sc and slip stitch in the slipknot.

This is your first scallop!

Step 5: Second Scallop

Chain 1 and turn.
Make 1 stitch in the next two stitches.
Chain 7 and turn.
Then slip stitch over the chain.

Chain 1 and turn.
Make a sc, a hdc, 7 dc, a hdc and a sc.
Slip stitch in the last dc of the previous scallop.

The second scallop is done!

Step 6: Third Scallop

Chain 1 and turn.
Make 1 stitch in the next two stitches.
Chain 5 and turn.
Slip stitch in the dc of the first scallop.

Chain 1 and turn.
Make a sc, a hdc, 5 dc, a hdc and a sc.
Slip stitch in the last dc of the previous scallop.

Voilà the third scallop!

Now repeat this step to make as many scallops as you need to make a bracelet.

Step 7: Last Scallop

Now that you have a longer bracelet, you have to make a larger scallop that will become a button loop.
It's very similar to the previous ones, the only difference is that there will be more stitches!

So, chain 1 and turn.
Make 1 stitch in the next 4 stitches.
Chain 6 and turn.
Slip stitch in the dc.

Chain 1 and turn.
Make a sc, a hdc, 6 dc, a hdc and a sc.
Slip stitch in the last dc of the previous scallop.

The crochet part is done!
Close your work as you usually do and cut the cord.

Step 8: Add a Button

The last thing you have to do is sewing a button at the beginning of the bracelet.
This way you will be able to close it whenever you wear it.

You're done!! 

I hope you enjoyed this Instructable!
If you did, please vote for me!! :)
<p>Old magnetic tape is a polymer plastic with layers of metals on it. When these toxic metals shed &quot;black dust&quot; skin absorption or inhalation is possible.The layers of metals that create 'black or brown dust&quot; contain cobalt, chromium, and iron and all can be toxic. Your work is beautiful, but safety first.</p>
Isn't the tape toxic?
Honestly I don't know, I have seen people using it for many different things...I will check!
Really clever idea and good looking too!
Thank you so much! :)
nice bracelet.
I'm glad you like it :)
That's such a cool idea! I never would have thought of that in a million years! And I have almost a million VHS tapes haha
Thank you so much!! I wanted to try this with cassette tapes too but I couldn't open them! :D
welcome rose
awesome! please add it to the Green Design Contest... this is a great way to recycle something unused and very polluting!
I wanted to but I have already entered it to 3 contests and that's the limit! Between the Epilog Challence and the Green Design Contest I chose the first one...guess why...!! :D
Wow :). Thanks for sharing your awesomeness Linda :).
Thank You so much Tarun!! :)
Would you please look at my instructables I am so nice to other people's instructables but all I get is bad comments
That's weird, people are always so nice here...I am going to take a look :)
Who would think of making it out of VHS tape that is awesome:-)
I am glad you like it! :)
i loved your idea :)
Thank you so much :)
Such a cool bracelet! great work Linda!
I love it!!! Absolutely fantastic work!
Thank you Mario!! You are always so kind! :)
You're welcome Linda! :-)<br>
That's very cool! I didn't know that stuff would harden up if you stretched it!
Yes, it's a very cool material! But make sure that you don't stretch it too much otherwise it breaks...and yes, that happened to me twice :D

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