Having two babies has taught me to plan ahead. For the most part anyway. I still leave the house without an extra diaper on occasion, which baffles me. You'd think I'd have the kid stuff down to a science. I don't.
But I am planning ahead for Christmas. I'm already looking at different gifts I'd like to get for people. I'm thinking about what I might like to make the neighbors. I'm keeping my eyes open for a cute stocking for Frankie Valentine.
And I've started making gifts for girlfriends. Which brings us to today's topic. Crocheted bangles. They are granny chic. They can be made quickly. They are seriously the easiest, cutest handmade gift around.
What you will need:
* small crochet needle (2.10mm-2.27mm)
* cotton pearl embroidery thread (I like Valdani, or you can often find DMC in your local craft store)
* thin metal bangles or hoops (round works the best)
* jewelers glue or super glue
Now as you all know, I suck at writing patterns. However, I can tell you that all you need to do to make these darling scalloped bangles is to single crochet around the bracelet until the metal is completely covered. Then, to create the scallops, chain seven, skip five stitches, single crochet and repeat until you have gone all the way around. Tie off and put a small dab of glue to secure the knot.
I own one pair of hoops and these are it. I love them. Same pattern, just on a smaller scale.
I worked up a lavender pair for a teacher gift.
For a seasoned crocheter, these bracelets can be made lickity-split. If you have the know how, you can change the pattern to make shells or something else fancy. For the beginner they might take a little finesse, but they are totally doable. I dream of wearing ten or more on one arm. They would make a gorgeous statement piece. They are like friendship bracelets- for adults.
Oh and last but not least? Presentation is everything. Brown craft jewelry boxes can be found without too much effort. Add a little lace and ribbon a you have yourself a seriously awesome handmade gift.