How to Make a Crocheted Ring Bracelet

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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Plastic rings, covered with single crochet, make for bold, modern jewelry. And they can be put together in so many different patterns.
Plastic rings, which are also sometimes called bone rings, are available in the home-decor or crochet section of your craft store.
Its easy to join the rings together—just a couple of stitches does it.
Plastic rings, covered with single crochet, make for bold, modern jewelry. And they can be put together in so many different patterns.

Plastic rings, covered with single crochet, make for bold, modern jewelry. And they can be put together in so many different patterns.

Photo: Diane Gilleland

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
  • Scissors
  • Pearl cotton embroidery floss or crochet cotton
  • Crewel needle
  • 22-gauge craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers (optional)


Measure your wrist. Decide on a configuration of rings that's slightly shorter than this measurement.

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.


Begin crocheting by reaching through the ring and pulling a loop back through.

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 a loop through the first loop to make a slipstitch.

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.


Here's a single crochet, just about to be completed.

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.


Finish off the thread by passing the cut end through the last loop. Pull firmly.

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 stitching back and forth under the crochet seam several times.

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. They'll be larger after crocheting.

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.


Use the thread attached to the small ring to stitch through the seam of the large ring.

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 small 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 another small ring. Leave the tails of thread intact.

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.


Use the tail end of thread to attach the two small rings together.

Stitch the two small rings together as shown. Weave in the thread and cut it close.


Attach two more small rings to the other side of the large one.

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, and reposition the loose end of thread to attach the next large ring.

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, crochet on a piece of 22-gauge wire.

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 into the rings. Twist the ends into a ring.

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.


Crochet the rest of the wire ring.

Continue crocheting around the ring. Weave in the end and cut it. The circle won't be perfectly round, but this is okay.


Bend the wire ring into a hook.

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!

 

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Comments (13)

Nodan writes: The bracelet should have spent lots of your time. It must be worm to wear.
Posted: 2:59 am on January 31st
NancyWard writes: I posted a link to this tutorial today.

Nancy Ward
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http://www.nancywardcrafts.com
Posted: 7:23 am on June 12th
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Posted: 2:43 am on November 3rd
HappyCrocheter writes: I love this. I am the president of our local crochet guild in Wichita, Kansas and we decided to do this as a program at our evening meeting in May. It was a very big hit. I am also the blogger on crochetsoiree.com and would like to place a link on the message board there to send some people over here to get your pattern. I would like your permission to do so. We were going to have a contest for the month of July and have everyone make bracelets, cup covers and dishcloths. I will have some of my friends be judges and I am going to give away 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes (the prizes will be something crocheted by me). Please let me know by email: have_2_crochet@yahoo.com
Posted: 8:28 pm on July 1st
funkified writes: waaaaaaaaaaow,this is lovely.Thanks.
Posted: 4:12 pm on May 29th
MizzKodak writes: This is just too cool for word, the possibilities for great jewelery is infinite. Thank you for your easy to follow pattern.
Posted: 12:27 am on February 24th
MandaPants writes: Thanks! I made this fun project for my little sister for her birthday.
Posted: 4:01 pm on November 10th
heldap123 writes: fabulous
Posted: 4:34 pm on November 5th
cirone writes: Fun, I just finished this week =)
Posted: 1:33 am on November 1st
Toybox writes: Oh beautiful! My mind suddenly jumped from belts to jackets! hehe ^_^.
Posted: 9:35 pm on October 10th
lmilla writes: beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 8:19 pm on October 10th
paperrain writes: This is immeasurably cool.



Posted: 7:30 pm on October 10th
Softflexgirl writes: Love it! :)
Posted: 3:00 pm on October 10th
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