© June Gilbank 2015
Crochet up a speedy braided bracelet with this decorative cord technique that’s deceptively easy to crochet as it uses only single crochet stitches! Customize the length and look to match your own style or make a personalized gift. Simply change the yarn colour and button fastener to go from playful children’s jewellery to a rugged man’s bracelet, or from a beachy summer look to a fashion accessory in your favourite colour.
Crochet Braid Bracelet is part of the PlanetJune Accessories range of crochet patterns by June Gilbank.
This pattern is Donationware – the pattern is available for free, but if you like it please consider sending me a donation to show your appreciation:
Send me a donation and receive the easy-to-print PDF version of the pattern as a thank you! It includes some additional info that you’ll only find in the PDF version:
– Step-by-step text and photo instructions for the Basic Crochet Cord (in right- and left-handed versions), so you can make the bracelet without having the video in front of you
– Bonus tips and advice
– Instructions to make a double-stranded variation – a neat two-strand bracelet with the button centred over the crossover point (pictured below).
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Double-stranded variation (available for any size donation)
The complete pattern and instructions for the basic Crochet Braid Bracelet are available below, regardless of whether or not you choose to pay for them 🙂 But please consider donating, so you’ll receive the photo tutorial for the cord, and the double-stranded bracelet instructions too!
This is a PlanetJune original crochet pattern. Feel free to use items made from this pattern however you wish, but I’d appreciate credit as the pattern designer. Please do not reproduce the pattern anywhere else; instead post a link to www.planetjune.com/braidbracelet
|single crochet (double crochet for UK/Aus)
Gauge is not critical for this pattern, as you can keep crocheting until the bracelet is as long as you’d like it to be. However, the hook size will affect how neat and firm the finished cord looks, as well as how easy it is to form the stitches.
The type of yarn and how tightly you crochet will make a big difference in how easy you find it to crochet the cord, so there’s really no ‘right’ answer here: use the hook size recommended on the ball band of your yarn as a starting point, or try experimenting with hook size by going up or down a couple of sizes to see which result you like best.
I find that going down one or two hook sizes often gives a tidy, regular-looking cord, but I suggest you try making a few stitches with each hook to see what you prefer.
The choice of button type, colour and size is up to you and is a great way to personalize your bracelet. Keep it minimal by matching the button colour to your yarn, or use your bracelet as a way to showcase a favourite decorative button.
I’d suggest a button size of around 0.5-0.75″ (1.3-2cm) diameter, but you can choose a button that’s any diameter (from slightly wider than the cord itself to as large as you like), as you’ll be crocheting the button loop to fit over the button.
Here are a few ideas for button styles, to get you started!
The cord is crocheted using the technique I demonstrate in my Basic Crochet Cord video (click through to view it for right- and left-handers).
Note: If you’d like text-and-photo instructions for this cord technique, you’ll find them in the PDF version, available for any size donation.
Tip: Test the cord length directly by wrapping it around your wrist (as shown below), or measure the recipient’s wrist with a measuring tape and crochet until your bracelet is slightly longer than the wrist measurement – it’s up to you how close a fit you’d like your bracelet to be!
The button loop is a tightly crocheted chain. You won’t be working back into these chain stitches, so feel free to pull the yarn as tightly as you want while you’re chaining, to make the finished chain compact and strong.
The length of the button loop depends on the size of your button and how large your chain stitches are, so you’ll need to check to make sure it fits.
To make the button loop:
I hope you enjoy this pattern. Please leave me a comment below if you do, and consider leaving me a donation (don’t forget you’ll also get the exclusive photo tutorial for the cord and the double-stranded bracelet instructions if you do). Thanks!