How to Make a Crocheted Ring Braceletcomments (13) October 10th, 2008
You can usually find bone rings in the home-decor or crochet section of your local craft store. They're inexpensive, unbreakable plastic rings that are usually used for drapery projects or as a basis for crocheted buttons. For this bracelet, I'm using 1-inch and 1/2-inch bone rings.
What you'll need:
- Cloth measuring tape
- Plastic bone rings
- US size 8 steel crochet hook
- Pearl cotton embroidery floss or crochet cotton
- Crewel needle
- 22-gauge craft wire
- Wire cutters
- Needle-nose pliers (optional)
Begin by measuring your wrist, wrapping the measuring tape snugly. Then, lay out a configuration of rings that's slightly smaller than your wrist measurement. My wrist measures 7 inches, so you can see that my rings are a little shorter.
To crochet a ring, begin by anchoring the end of the thread to the ring with your fingers. The end should point in the direction you will be crocheting—so if you're right-handed, the loose end should point left.
Reach the hook through the center of the ring and pull a loop back through.
Yarn over and pull the first loop through the second. That's a slipstitch. Then, reach the hook through the center of the ring again, grab the thread, and pull a loop back through. You'll now have two loops on your hook.
Yarn over, and pull this loop through the other two. That's one single crochet. Repeat the previous step to continue crocheting over the ring.
When you've crocheted about 10 stitches over the loose end, cut the end off close to your work.
As you work, compress the stitches together so you cover the ring thoroughly.
Once you've crocheted all the way around the ring, cut the thread. Thread the end onto a needle. Pass the needle through the last loop in the crochet and pull it tight.
Weave in the end by taking several stitches back and forth under the crochet seam on the outside of the ring. If you keep your stitches the same size as your crochet stitches, they will not be noticeable.
Incidentally, you'll use this same stitching method to move from place to place on the rings—but more on that in a moment.
Depending on the design of your bracelet, you may either cut the thread off close to your work or leave it attached to the ring.
Crochet all the rings of your bracelet in the colors of your choice. Notice how much the rings have grown with the addition of crochet?
Notice, too, that all the small rings have long tails of thread attached to them. We'll use these tails to attach the rings to each other.
Take the tail of thread attached to one of the small rings and thread it onto a needle. Pass the needle under the crochet seam of the larger ring.
Stitch back through the smaller ring, pulling the stitch just tight enough so that the rings lie side by side. Take a second stitch through both rings. Secure the thread by stitching back and forth under the crochet seam, as you did to finish off the crochet step.
Attach a second small ring to the large one as shown. Do not cut the thread. Instead, stitch it along the crochet seam until you reach the point between the two small rings.
Stitch the two small rings together as shown. Weave in the thread and cut it close.
Attach another small ring to the opposite side of the large ring.
Then, attach a second small ring. Take the tail of thread on one of the small rings and stitch it around to the point between the rings. Take the tail on the other ring and stitch it around to the end of the ring as shown.
Join the two small rings as shown. Then, stitch that tail of thread round to the leading end of the bracelet. Now you're ready to attach the next large ring.
Repeat these steps until you've attached all the rings.
To make a clasp, cut a 5-inch length of craft wire. Crochet around it as you did for the rings. You may find this easier to do if you bend the wire as shown. Crochet about 2 inches, and slide the crochet to the center of the wire. Leave the thread and hook attached.
Insert the ends of the wire through the two small rings at the end of the bracelet, then twist them tightly together in a ring. The ring should be roughly 2 inches in diameter. Make sure the ends of the wire are flattened.
Continue crocheting around the ring. Weave in the end and cut it. The circle won't be perfectly round, but this is okay.
Pinch the sides of the wire ring together and bend them into a hook. This hook will wrap around the large ring at the other end of the bracelet to close it.
Crocheted rings can also be incorporated into necklaces, pendants, and earrings. Have fun!