Friday, September 3, 2010

Purple Bubbles Bracelet Pattern

After many failed attempts to reverse-engineer this bracelet by looking at pictures, I finally got a chance to take a trip to my hometown, where the bracelet currently lives, and I was able to take a good look at it in person. I am so excited to finally share this pattern with you! It is not difficult to knit, although it does take a while to become accustomed to the small size of the needles.

All of the materials required (except the 0000 needles) can be found cheaply at your local craft store. If you're lucky, your local yarn shop carries or will order this size of needles for you. Otherwise, you will have to order them online.

Materials:

  • 2 Size 0000 DPN's
  • Seed beads, size 8. I honestly don't remember how many I used, but it was a lot. You will need several strands, and it is better to string too many than too few.
  • DMC Coton Perle #5 in color 3042
  • Toggle Clasp
  • Wide eye beading needle or hand sewing needle


Directions:

String seed beads on the DMC cotton.
CO 4 sts, leaving a long tail which you will use to attach the clasp later.
Knit an i-cord for 1/4 inch. If you are new to i-cord, an excellent video tutorial for the 4 stitch i-cord can be found here.
From this point on, you'll be working in garter stitch with beads until you have reached the other end.
K 4 rows.

First beaded section:

Row 1: K2, slide 1 bead up to work, K2. The bead should always be sitting on the side of the work that is not facing you.
Row 2: K across.
*Row 3: K1, slide 1 bead, K2, slide 1 bead, K1.
Row 4: K across.
Row 5: K2, slide 1 bead, K2.
Row 6: K across.*
*Repeat rows 3-6 two more times. There are 10 beads total in this section.
Row 7: Kfb, k to last st, Kfb (you now have 6 stitches total)
Row 8: K across

Second beaded section:

Rows 1 and 2: *K1, slide one bead up to work* across, end K1.
Rows 3 and 4: *K1, slide 2 beads up to work* across, end K1.
Rows 5 and 6: *K1, slide 3 beads up to work* across, end K1.
Rows 7 and 8: *K1, slide 2 beads up to work* across, end K1.
Rows 9 and 10: *K1, slide one bead up to work* across, end K1.
Row 11: K across
Row 12: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, K2tog (4 sts remain)

Repeat sections 1 and 2, ending with section 1, until you have almost reached your desired length, remembering that your clasp and the i-cord at the end will also add to the length of your bracelet. On the final repeat of section one, omit the increase in Row 7. 


To finish:

Knit i-cord for 1/4 inch, and BO leaving a long tail for attaching the clasp. At this point, my bracelet measures about 6 1/2 inches without the clasp, and with the clasp attached it is 7. Thread your sewing needle and stitch the clasp to both ends of the bracelet, making sure to stitch the thread around the clasp several times for strength.

2 comments:

  1. Really love it because it is so delicate and pretty. Now to get those tiny needles!

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  2. This post is worthy of appreciation, looking forward to more exciting! swarovski crystal pendants

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