I’ve been crocheting cuffs (or bracelets if you’d like to call them that) lately, and I’m laughing at myself now as I put up these photos because I see what an affinity for turquoise I seem to have…hmmm.
They are fun and relatively easy to make, and it’s quite satisfying when I’m wearing one and get told, “I love your bracelet. Where did you get it?”
Like most crafty people I know, I discovered the world of Pinterest recently. For the first week, I will admit that it completely and utterly invaded my life and sucked a million brain cells out of my head by the sheer amount of time I was staring at all the “pins” I had found. Several of them were great patterns for jewelry and of course everything crochet. Whenever I see a pattern that I really like and want to try, I print it out and file it in my crafting file box. One in particular was for a stitch I had never seen before called, “Broomstick Lace” where you actually crochet around a broomstick, or a fat knitting needle or piece of PVC pipe…whatever you’ve got handy will work. The first two cuffs shown and the chunky grey cuff are made using this stitch. Reading the pattern alone did absolutely nothing for my confidence, because everything just ended up as one big knot and I got seriously frustrated. So, youtube came to save the day and I found this excellent video tutorial at Crochet. For the first two cuffs, I used this great stretchy yarn (due to the high percentage of rayon in it) that I have been carrying around with me for about 15 years. A wonderful French woman who I know and love is a textile designer in Italy, and she gave me some great yarns while I was visiting her in Florence all those years ago. Never knowing exactly what to make with this fun and beautiful yarn, I just hoarded it for all this time, waiting for the right project to come along. I find it makes the perfect yarn for broomstick lace! They grey cuff was made out of some of the t-shirt yarn I’ve been making. The great thing about these cuffs is that they can get wet and they dry fairly quickly and of course they are washable by hand or machine.
The turquoise cuff with the pearl button is still a work in progress. I wasn’t so crazy about the end result, as I would like to try to make the tab a bit longer next time, which is actually what the pattern calls for. I like crocheting around the ring as a starting point, so I think I’ll take this idea and make it my own. I’ve already got a few ideas in mind of what I would do differently. Stay tuned. I found the tutorial here Postcard from Waterloo: New Comet Arrives
The circular motif cuff was my own pattern, but I will admit that it was inspired from a Pinterest pin that caught my eye. I have not yet crocheted with beads which is what the designer did with her cuff. Admittedly, mine looks completely plain jane in comparison, but it’s a start. I will attempt to crochet with beads really soon, I swear. Her cuff is lovely and it can be found here Crochet Cotton Turquoise and Brown Cuff / Bracelet – Folksy Oh, and as if Pinterest wasn’t bad enough, there is also Folksy, a British version of it. Stop the madness, PLEASE!
The last turquoise cuff I made was a gift for my best girlfriend Jen, who is a brilliant bag designer and sewer of all things cute. However, she doesn’t have a website, otherwise I would link her up!! (Hint, hint Jen!!) This was one of the few things I’ve made recently with the person I am making it for in mind. She loves vintage things and turquoise is a really pretty color on her, so this was a good match. I found the pattern at creativeyarn: crochet.
I have several things in the works at the moment, both jewelry and otherwise and I’m hopping off this brain sucker right now to go work on them!!