Monday, September 27, 2010

granny chic scalloped bracelets


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.

19 comments:

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

I love, love the earrings!

jasmine bailey-barfuss said...

sooo cute and sooo original!!!

Vanessa, Florida, USA said...

love it!!! so unique!! will you be adding these to the shop :) or is it just for gifts? hee!!

Stef said...

So pretty! I sure wish I knew how to crochet. And I agree, the packaging is everything!!

By the third kiddo, I think you finally realize that if you leave the house without an extra diaper/snack/sippy cup/change of clothes, there's always a store where you can get an emergency one, unless you forget your credit card...

Have a great week!

Sara*P said...

Wow - these are so great! Any chance you'll put some in your etsy shop for those of us who don't know how to crochet? I would love to buy 1 or 3. :)

Kiera said...

I went completely unprepared the first week back to church with Noah. No diapers, no wipes... perfect example of a "prepared" mother. I have ended stashing diapers and wipes in the console of our cars...

BTW... did you get my message about my scollar... you know the one that I love it? My Marc-a-Roni and I were invited to a benefit dinner this Friday... Very excited to wear it!

Hope your dinner goes well this weekend.

april said...

Sorry guys- I won't be making these to sell. But find a friend that crochets. If you buy the supplies, I bet she could whip some up for you!

Or better yet, learn. Crochet and knitting are really relaxing hobbies.

Cinnamon*Sticks Boutique said...

Oh break my heart April! I was hoping to snag a pair of earrings.

Don't feel alone on the diapers. After 6 we still sometimes forget the diapers, and wipes...and it's always those times we REALLY need the wipes. Thank goodness for Target!

Marnie said...

These are soooooo AWESOME! Love them!

Molly said...

Very pretty! I am going to make some for my mama for Christmas, she loves bangles!!! Just learned how to crochet and love it! My mama taught me how to knit last year over Christmas and I loved it, so I thought I could teach myself how to crochet, easy peasy! Happy day friend!
~Molly P

Carrie said...

Just LOVE these!! I am a beginner at crochet but I am going to give it a try. I am having a hard time finding bangles. Where did you buy yours? I had not luck at Hobby Lobby. I found some bangles at Claires and Walmart only to find out when I got home that the set of bangles are actually intertwined :( I did find some earrings at Walmart. Thank you so much for sharing the instructions!
Carrie

Leah said...

Wow, these are really beautiful, would make a great present, thanks for sharing.
Leah x

Thru a Tori-lens said...

A great place for bangles is Goodwill (or your fave thrift shop!). They have AWFUL jewelry there. Why not cover it with embroidery? Great idea... definitely going on my list for all the nieces this year!

Stevie said...

I absolutely love these!! I have a quick question though, i was going through my moms crochet needles and the sizes are letters not numbers, any way you know what letter is the 2.1-2.27 mm?

junnipur01 said...

Seems pretty simple, but am struggling getting the first stitches on the bracelet in a uniformed manner; any tips?

Canne said...

Am defo going to make some of these, they seem straight forward, will let you know how I get on!

Gahlia said...

thanks for sharing second sister! i've got daughters and nieces and grand daughters who will all be getting these in they're stockings! super easy, really cute!

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Mj said...

I am going to try making one this afternoon......I have been buying and collecting narrow bangle bracelets and hoop earrings from tag sales and think these will make a lovely gift especially with your idea for packaging...thank you for your creative ideas!