Intro: Beaded Anklet
This anklet is crocheted, supplemented by beads. This a relatively quick project if you are experienced with crocheting, and is a simple project for learning how to crochet with wire or working with beads and crocheting.
Your hands will probably be killing you by the end of this project, I know mine were.
Step 1: Needed Supplies and Other Notes
- a size d (3.25 mm) crochet hook
-fine wire (do not get technical beading wire, it is hard to crochet with. Try to find one that the color is not painted on as it will wear off as your hook rubs against it)
-20 beads (see notes)
-two jump rings
-one toggle clasp
-You may need to make it slightly longer or shorter dependent on the size of your ankle. Work though the fifth step and wrapt it around your ankle. Keeping in mind that the clasp will need another half inch or so. Add stitches as you need too. If you add or subtract stitches your bead count will change as well. To find your bead count subtract one from half of the total count of stitches. (example, I chained 41 stitches and used twenty beads)
-Your anklet will curl up as you crochet. To fix this, tug on it gently until most of the loops are gone. The rest will go away as you wear it more.
Step 2: Adding the Beads
String all of your beads on the wire.
(note, this was my first attempt and I did change the type and number of beads I used. This is a good example of how it will look though)
Step 3: Making Your Slip KNot
Make your slip knot as normal. To tighten it, grasp it at the base of the knot with one hand, insert the first two fingers of your other hand into the loop, and gently spread them apart.
Step 4: The Initial Chain
Chain 41 (or you earlier factored for a different number of stitches, chain that number). You will want to be crocheting semi-tightly. Instead of wrapping it around your pinky before hooking it over you first finger like you normally do if you crochet, I suggest simply hooking it over you finger.
Step 5: Creating the Anklet
Slide your first bead up the wire until it is resting against the hook. Skip the first stitch and sc normally. *slide your next bead against your hook and sc normally. sc one* repeat *to* around. Snip your wire and tie off, leaving enough wire to tie it to the other end (this is where the pliers are handy). Snip the ends as close as you can without damaging the knot.
Step 6: Adding the Clasp
Open one jump ring and loop through one end of your clasp. Close it around one end of the bracelet. Repeat with the other jump ring and the other half of the clasp. (another place I used the pliers.)