Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"Pretty in pink" Crocheted Bracelet Cuff

Hello, Hello!
I been wanting to share this new pattern with you for a while, but it takes a lot of time to translate my notes to something understandable :0P 
I made this pattern because my sister in law asked me if I could do a chrocheted bracelet cuff like several seen in the internet, she sent me some images and I searched for more, they all seemed beautiful, but.... I couldn´t find a pattern for any of those, at least as embellished as the ones she showed me. I found several patterns for very beautiful crocheted cuffs and wrist warmers but none of them matched my expectations... So, I had to make my own pattern and here I am sharing it with you :0)

So, hereby, I present my "Pretty in pink" crocheted bracelet cuff pattern, but first, I'd like to mention the stitched that you should know or learn to be able to make this piece:

Required stitch knowledge: *in american terms
Basic stitches: ch (chain), sc (single crochet), 2sc tog (2 single crochet together), hdc (half double crochet), dc (double crochet)

Special stitches:
- Broomstick lace crochet (Pick up row only), you can follow the instructions here (The whole tutorial is very good if you want to learn the Broomstick lace crochet stitch  but for the porpose of this pattern you only need to follow steps 1 and 2)

- Hairpin lace join: See here how to do it

- Star stitch: See my pevious tutorial about this stitch here

Now, on to the pattern!

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"Pretty in Pink" Crocheted Bracelet Cuff




According to the nature of this piece, it can be decorated as desired, colors can be modified, or just use one color instead, use more or less beads, and use more, less or none flowers. Be creative!

Materials:
- Fine yarn of colors "pink" (C), "burgundy" (A) and "eggplant" (B), or any color of your choice
-Small beads in colors red (#1) and transparent (#2), or any color of your choice
- Scraps of other fine yarns for decorative flowers.
- Crochet hook #2
- Sewing thread in color pink, burgundy or similar
- Sewing needle
- 3 buttons

Fitting note #1: The size of the piece depends on the size of the wrist that it is made for. To ensure a good fitting, measure the wrist and substract 1 inch (2.54cm) to that lenght, now make a ch that measures up to that new size (wrist measurement minus 1 inch). In this pattern that starting chain is 40 ch long. The inch substracted will be added at the end with the buttons and buttonholes sides, so the size does match the wrist size.
If your starting chain is bigger or smaller than 40 ch, please adjust the pattern directions to fit your chain number. 

Beading:
Some rows of the piece are made with beads crocheted in the stitches, for that purpose the beads must be threaded in the yarn in advance. As the pattern may need to be adjusted to your starting ch size, threading more beads than needed is recomended.

Thread:
80 or more #1 beads in color C yarn (80 = 2 times the starting ch #)
10 or more #1 beads in color A yarn 
10 or more #2 beads in color B yarn



For easier understanding, the pattern has been divided in different parts, refer to this illustration to identify each part of the piece:



Part 1: "central braid"
This pattern starts right in the wrist of the cuff and will "grow" on both sides. 
This "central" part looks like a "braid" and is formed by joining two rows of broomstick loops (Colors A and B).

Broomstick loops:
With color A:
Ch 41 (starting ch # +1)
Sc in second ch from hook and in ea ch through the end. (40 sc)
Pick up 40 loops. Refer to above mentioned tutorial if needed. 
Keep all loops in the "broomstick". Do not fasten off.
Repeat with color B.


(In this case crochet P hooks were used as the "broomsticks" instead of knitting needles, feel free to use knitting needles if available)

Using the hairpin lace join technique, join both colors, taking loops from each side two by two. Refer to above mentioned tutorial if necessary.
Do not fasten off.



Part 2:
Continuing with color A, ch 2, slst in last sc made with color B, Ch 1, working in opossite side of first 40 ch made with color B: sc in ea ch. (40sc) Do not fasten off, this side will we worked on later, this will be the side going upward from the wrist)


Part 3:
Continuing on the other side (Wrist to hand side)
With the color B, ch 2, slst in last sc made with color A, Ch 1, working in opossite side of first 40 ch made with color A: sc in ea ch. (40sc) . 
Change to color C, fasten color B. 

D-Rows 1- 5:
(D-Rows = down rows)
D-Rw 1: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only: sc in ea sc, adding a bead to each sc (push beads to the other side as this is the wrong side of the piece)

D-Rw 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, [dc in next 4 scs, 2 dc in next sc] 8 times. (49 dc)
D-Rw 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first dc, [Ch5, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, Ch 6, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc] 6 times. (12 ch spaces)
D-Rw 4: Turn, [Ch 5, sc in ch-6 space, Ch 6, sc in ch-5 space] 6 times, Ch 2, dc in last sc. (13 ch spaces) 
D-Rw 5: Ch 1, turn,  sc in first dc, Ch 3, sc in next sc, Ch 3, sc in ch-6 space, Ch3, sc in next sc, [Ch3, sc in ch-5 space, sc in next ch-6 space, sc in next sc] 5 times, Ch3, sc in last ch-5 space. (19 ch-3 spaces)

D-Rw 2 to D-Rw 5


Change to color A, fasten color C.

D- Rows 6 and 7: Jonquils edging
On next two rows work Jonquils edging, as seen here.
(Beads will be added on row 7)
D-Rw 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in the first ch-3 space, [Ch 3, 4 dc in next ch-3 space, Ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 space.] 9 times. 
D-Rw 7: Ch 3, turn, skip the ch-3 space, [sc in next dc, Ch 3, sc in next dc, Ch 3 (add a bead in the second ch), sc in next dc, Ch 3, sc in next dc, Ch 3, sc in next sc] 9 times.
Do not fasten off. 


D-Rw 6 and 7


Continuing on the wrist upward side....

Change to color C, fasten color A. 
U-Rows 1-3:
(U-Rows = up rows)
U-Rw 1: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only: sc in ea sc, adding a bead to each sc (push beads to the other side as this is the wrong side of the piece)

On next two rows work the Star Stitch: 
U-Rw 2: Ch 3, turn, insert hook in second chain from hook and pull up a loop, insert hook in next chain and pull up a loop, insert hook in first sc and pull up a loop, insert hook in next sc and pull up a loop, YO and draw through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1 to close star and form an eyelet, *insert hook in previous eyelet and pull up a loop, insert hook in same sc as last loop made from previous star and pull up a loop, [insert hook in next sc and pull up a loop] twice, YO and draw through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1, to close star and form an eyelet* repeat between * and* across. (20 "half" stars)
U-Rw 3: Ch 2 (counts as firts hdc), turn, hdc in first eyelet, 2hdc in each of next 18 eyelets, hdc in last eyelet, hdc in 3rd chain from previous row. (40hdc)
Change to color B, Fasten color C.

U-Row 4: picot edging:
On next row work a picot edging , adding a bead on each picot, as follows:
U-Rw 4: Ch1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in next sc, [sc in next sc, ch 3 (adding a bead on second ch), sl st to same sc (picot made), sc in next 3 sc] 9 times, sc in next sc, picot st in same sc, sc in last sc. Do not fasten off.

U-Rows 1 to 4


Buttons and Buttonholes sides:
Next step is to form the sides for the buttons and buttonholes, at this point, both unfinished yarn tails should be on opossite corners of the crocheted piece.

Fitting note #2: on the finish piece, the measurement from top button's center to the other side, including the full lenght of the correponding buttonhole, should be equal to the desired wrist size (complete measurement) . If the desired wrist size is not reached with the following instructions, please feel free to add or reduce the amount of rows, on this sides, so the finished piece fits correctly. 


Buttonholes side:
Continuing with the color A yarn (at the end of the jonquils edging):
Rw 1: Crochet evenly spaced scs through all the row ends, up to the last row end (picot edging).
Rw 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in ea sc, 2 sc tog in last two scs.
Rw 3: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc tog in firs two scs, sc in ea sc across.
Rw 4- 6: Repeat rows 2, 3 and  2 again.
Rw 7: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc tog, now work three buttonholes(*) evenly spaced wih scs, and 2sc tog in last 2 scs. *Buttonholes: scin sc, ch 8, sc in next sc.
Fasten off.

Buttons side: 
Continuing with the color B yarn (at the end of the picots edging):
Rw 1: Crochet evenly spaced scs through all the row ends, down to the last row end (jonquils edging).
Rw 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc tog in firs two scs, sc in ea sc across.
Rw 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in ea sc, 2 sc tog in last two scs.
Rw 4: Repeat rows 2.
Rw 5: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc tog in firs two scs, sc in ea sc across, 2 sc tog in last two scs.
Fasten off. 
With sewing needle and matching thread, sew the three buttons on the corresponding place, guided by the buttonholes on the other side.
Weave in all ends.



(The background on this photos is not relevant, is a page of an italian magazine I used for the flowers, I just needed a place to put the piece for the photos as I took them in the car)

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Decorations:
The finished piece can be left like that or decorated with a variety of flowers, in this case, three flowers were made: a millefiore, a rose and a "ball center flower". The flowers used for decoration were taken from two different sources mentioned below, but sources to similar flowers are given as well in case you don't own this book and/or magazine.

Millefiore (made with fucsia color yarn) I followed the instucctions on page 6 of "201 crochet motifs, blocks, projects and ideas" book by Melody Griffiths:

I highly recommend this book!

But a very similar flower can be found in this blog, where Joey Bailey, the blogger, explains how to make a very nice necklace:


Rose (made with light pink yarn) and "Ball center flower" (made with pink yarn), both taken from "Punti all'uncinetto, Speciale fiori in rilievo" italian magazine:


My mother brought it back from Italy, I don't know if it widely available.

A similar rose to the one I made can be found here, where they explain how to do a super cute Mini rose hair clip:



For the "Ball center flower": I made a smaller version of the flowers I made for my Garden baby mobile pattern, actually called it like that: "ball center flower", and it can be found in my next post
This is the flower:


Update: another version of this flower, with 2 rounds of petals, can be found here:



Finishing:
With sewing needle and matching thread, sew three beads to the center of the Millefiore. 
Then sew the flowers to the crocheted bracelet cuff.

Here is how it looked like after sewing the flowers I made:




Enjoy the finished Crocheted Bracelet Cuff!
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I hope you liked it!
Happy Crocheting!


Update: I removed all photos that contained patterns or explanations from books or magazines, but added links to tutorials and patterns available for free.


3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing but you should be careful. Posting pages from a book is a breach of copyright.

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  2. Thanks for your advice! I hope the authors don't get offended with my actions, I actually wanted to share those photos, just in order for people to know what I used, and also see the amazing books or magazines where I got that, I forgot to say it in the post but I really recommend people getting this books! Some times I´ve read blogs were I see a page of a book and that has made me buy the whole book, I thought it as when you get to see a couple of pages in Google books. But I do see what you mean so I removed all those photos and replaced them with other free sources, thank again! :0)

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