Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Summer Fun 2014 - Finger Crochet a 4th of July Bracelet


- Red, white and blue worsted weight yarn

- Scissors

- Bells or beads

- A darning needle

- An index finger, and a free hand.

Line up the three colors of yarn, to use as if they were one yarn.

Tie the yarn into a slip knot...

...over your index finger.

Tighten the knot (not too tight)...

...and slip it back on your finger to make room...

...for a second loop of yarn.  Wrap the working yarn (the part attached to the balls of yarn) around your finger to form a second loop (draping it over the top, rather than wrapping it all the way around).

Pull the slip knot up, and over the second loop...

...and right off the end of your finger.

Tighten the stitch by pulling on the working yarn, while holding onto the slip knot end of the chain.

Push the second loop back and continue wrapping, slipping over and off, and tightening until you have a single chain long enough to wrap loosely around your wrist.

Remove the chain from your finger, being careful not to lose the last loop.  Cut the working yarn loose from the balls of yarn, leaving a long tail... slip back through the last loop, and tie.

Tie the two ends of the chain together, to make a circle.

Trim the tail pieces to make them even, or until they look a little like the trailing ends of a firework.

Thread beads, or bells onto the ends, using a darning needle, or your hands if the hole in the bead is big enough, tying them in place with a knot at the end of each piece.

Slip the bracelet around your wrist, and get ready to make a great big...

...patriotic noise.


claireshomeeducation said...

Great tutorial!
My girls spend hours making these but I've never seen any of them with bells on. I shall be recommending bells and beads to them today!

Phyllis said...

I love how you always have a fun craft for Independence Day. These are so cute.

Room 214-Ms. Wenzel's Blog said...

Last summer I taught this skill to my students. Highly thrilled students-love the colors :-)

Unknown said...

Gotta add this to our 4th of July fun!

MaryAnne said...

Very nice! The bells are a great detail.

Ticia said...

I love the dangly bells!