Day of the dead bracelet

Date: 15th October 2013


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Difficulty
Intermediate

Tension
Exact tension is not essential.

Pattern notes
This pattern is mainly worked in a spiral in the round. Do not join rounds but use a stitch marker or piece of contrasting wool to mark the end of a round. To start you will use magic adjustable ring method.

Materials

  • 1 skein anchor embroidery thread in cream, black and red
  • 1.25mm crochet hook
  • Toy stuffing
  • Stitch markers
  • Wool and embroidery needle
  • Black felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Glass beads red and black
  • Jewellery findings – head pins, eye pins, split rings, chain and toggle clasp
  • Round nose pliers
  • Pliers
  • Clippers
  • Small tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations
ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
dc: double crochet
htr: Half treble crochet
blo: work in the back half of the loop only
sts: stitches

Skull
This is worked in a spiral; use a contrasting piece of yarn as a row marker so you know when you have got to the end of the row.
Using embroidery thread and a 1.25 mm hook make a magic ring and work 6dc into the ring. Six Sts
Rnd 1:
2dc into each st to the end. 12sts
Rnd 2:
blo dc in each st. 12sts
Rnd 3-4:
dc in each st. 12sts
Rnd 5:
(dc in the first st, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 18sts
Rnd 6:
(dc in the first two sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 24sts
Rnd 7:
(dc in the first three sts, 2dc in the next st) repeat to end. 30sts
Rnd 8-10:
dc in each st to the end. 30sts
Rnd 11:
(dc2tog, dc in next three sts) repeat to end. 24sts
Rnd 12:
(dc2tog, dc in next two sts) repeat to end. 18sts
Rnd 13:
(dc2tog, dc in next st) repeat to end. 12sts

* Stuff the skull now*


Flower
This pattern is worked in a spiral.
Start with 6 dc in to magic ring
Rnd 1: 2dc into each st to the end. 12dc
Rnd 2: (ch3, skip the next dc, dc in the next st) repeat to end.
Rnd 3: (dc, 4tr dc) in each ch space the end.
Rnd 4: *working behind the petals created on the last row*- dc in the next unworked dc from rnd 2, (ch4, dc in the next unworked dc from rnd 2) repeat to end, sl st to join.
Rnd 5: (dc, 2tr, 2dtr, 2tr dc) in each ch space the end.
Cut yarn and thread through loop to secure.
Sew a small button to the centre of the flower.

Beading
Cut a length of chain that fits nicely round your wrist.

Create bead droplets
Make 4 single bead droplets
Use the pliers to open the links of the chain and attach the loop and bar toggle end to each ends.
Thread a large bead onto a head pin.
Cut head pin leaving 10mm of wire showing above the bead. Twist the wire using round nose pliers to create a loop.
Make 3 double bead droplets
Start as single bead droplet then continue as follows
Thread a medium size bead onto a eye pin.
Cut eye pin leaving 10mm of wire showing above the bead. Twist the wire using round nose pliers to create a loop
Join the loops together by using flat nosed pliers to twist open and close the loops.

Finishing
Find the centre of the bracelet chain.
Use flat nose pliers attach a double bead droplet to the centre link of the bracelet chain.
Use a split ring and pliers again to attach the skull and flower, 3 links either side of the centre bead droplet.
Attach the next 2 double bead droplets the same way, 3 links apart from skull and flower.
Keeping the same 3 link spacing apart attach the last 4 single bead droplets, 2 each side of the last double bead droplets.



This pattern is tagged with:

Accessories: Bracelet

Age: Adult, Teen

Designer: Liz Ward

Gender: Female

Price: Free


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  • Maria

    Maria 6th November 2014 21:32

    Its a beautiful idea, thank you for sharing!! This is a very nice tradition and you are helping to spread the word! =)

  • mary

    mary 24th November 2016 11:11

    I love this bracelet. I am a little confused with the directions though. Round 3 for instance, on the flower. I started with it first because I thought it would be easier than the skull. And can I use other materials to make these with such as regular yarn? Thank You for your help. Also is there a more detailed pattern I can buy with illustrations?

  • mary

    mary 24th November 2016 11:12

    This bracelet is so amazing. I just love it.


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