Bracelets are reasonably quick projects to crochet, and I love them because they allow for so much easy experimentation — with materials, colors, textures and forms.
I find that wire crochet bracelets are particularly interesting to experiment with. There are so many different ways you can make them. The wire, being stiff, can be sculpted in different ways if you like; and when you crochet with it, a sort of magic happens. It’s almost like creating a delightful fusion of lace and metalwork; the two disparate crafts intertwine and become one. Add beads to the mix, and the results are even more spectacular.
Pictured here are a couple of wire crochet bracelets that I’ve posted online, along with free patterns in case you’d like to crochet some similar pieces. The bracelet shown above is a wire cuff bracelet crocheted in Christmas colors. I adore its lacy look.
The bracelet shown at lower right is one of my latest beaded wire crochet projects. This design is crafted using wire, red coral beads, jasper stone beads, and glass beads. If you don’t already know how to make one of these, no worries, you can learn how to do it — for free! The free bracelet pattern is available right here on our website for you to use.
I’m showing you these particular bracelets because I think they are both nice designs for Christmas, which is coming up soon; it’ll be here before you know it. If you’d like to make yourself some pretty holiday baubles, these would be lovely to whip up for wearing to any upcoming holiday parties or gatherings. If these designs aren’t quite what you have in mind, our list of free jewelry patterns offers even more options. I hope you’ll enjoy browsing through them.
The holiday season is the perfect time to show off your crocheted lovelies! If you don’t have any lovelies to show off, or if you do but you want some new ones, now is a great time to make some for yourself. Some of these projects are versatile enough to be worn for any holiday from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Others are specifically meant to be Christmas designs. Hopefully you’ll find some new wardrobe pieces to make and add to your closet now that the holiday season is upon us.
Festive Jeweled Neck Warmer
When I first imagined this easy crochet neck warmer, I was hoping to create a design that would be ideal for the the winter holiday season — something that would be warm, yet impressive enough to wear out to Christmas parties, family gatherings, holiday festivities and such.
I think this neck warmer turned out to be exactly the type of wardrobe piece I had in mind. This design is almost a hybrid between a necklace and a scarf; it’s warmer than a necklace would be, and it’s dressier than your typical winter scarf is. It’s also a quick, easy project that’s suitable for total beginners to crochet. For a crocheter with some experience, it won’t take long to whip this up. For beginners, I don’t think there’s any such thing as a truly quick project — but even for a beginner, this is a much quicker project than usual. So if you want to spend a little time kicking back and relaxing with your crochet amid the holiday hubbub, this pattern is a really good one to reach for.
Shawls and Wraps
Shawls are so beautiful, and the extra bit of warmth is always welcome during the winter season. If you think you’d like to crochet a shawl for the holidays, I highly recommend Sharon Silverman’s lovely new book called Delicate Crochet. The book features (among other things) an outstanding selection of 8 spectacular, stylish, feminine shawl and wrap patterns. All together, you get 23 different patterns in the book — and these designs are dressy and beautiful enough to wear out to all the parties, gatherings and events you might have planned during the holiday season.
If you want even more options for dressy crochet shawl patterns, take a look at Sara Kay Hartmann’s book called Poetic Crochet. It’s an intriguing book that is exclusively devoted to featuring crochet patterns for shawls and wraps — no other types of projects are included. Each of the patterns in the book was inspired by a famous classic poem.
If you’d prefer to knit a shawl, I highly recommend taking a look at Vogue Knitting Shawls & Wraps 2. This book includes some of the loveliest and most impressive shawl knitting patterns I’ve yet come across.
This stylish cuff bracelet is crocheted in two colors of wire, and it’s accented with contrasting yet complementary beads. I crocheted my sample bracelet in Christmas colors — red and green wire, with bronze-colored seed bead accents.
As is, it’s a great look for those of you who would like to wear it during the Christmas season. But, if you’d like it to be wearable all year long, all it would take is a color change to make the bracelet in more of an everyday color palette. Why not try making it in silver, gold and bronze? Or perhaps in vibrant, bohemian hues of colored wire. If you have a favorite floral dress, try using a green-colored wire that matches the green leaves on the flowers; instead of the red wire, use whichever color is the main flower color; and instead of the bronze, substitute whichever color is used in the background of the floral fabric on the dress. Voila! Now you have the perfect accessory to wear with your dress.
This is another quick project that doesn’t involve a big time commitment.
Those are all excellent projects, and they’re satisfying to make. But, if you’ve already made bunches of these sorts of items, why not challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone a little?
If you usually crochet with yarn, perhaps you could try shaking things up a little by attempting to crochet without yarn. This isn’t as preposterous as it sounds; by now, maybe you’ve even noticed that the bracelet pictured is a) crocheted, and b) made without even so much as an inch of yarn. It’s one of the projects featured on our list of wire crochet jewelry patterns.
If you’re a die-hard yarn addict and you have no plans of changing that, no worries, there are plenty of other ways to challenge yourself.
Another possibility: Try a new knitting stitch or crochet stitch. This vintage bullion stitch is an unusual one that combines the Tunisian crochet technique with the bullion stitch you might already be familiar with.
There are many great resources for testing out new stitches. Some of my favorites include the following:
These are just a few of my favorite resources to work with when I want to find a knitting stitch or crochet stitch I haven’t worked with yet. These are also fantastic references for finding some great classic stitches; Alterknit Stitch Dictionary has some really cool Greek keys, and Melissa Leapman’s stitch dictionary has all the basic crochet stitches you might want to look up.
Or perhaps you could branch out and get started working a different sort of projects than the ones you usually make. There are infinite possibilities if you want to fire up your imagination and dream up some project ideas that would get you started in a different-than-usual direction.
So what do you think you’ll try next? I invite your comments, especially if you’re feeling inspired to branch out.
Would you believe this bracelet is crocheted? To my eyes, a piece like this doesn’t look much like crochet — but it definitely is, since the project was made using a crochet hook and crochet stitches. The difference is basically in the materials I used; instead of thread or yarn, I used wire to work the stitches. The entire bracelet is comprised of the ultra-simple beaded chain stitch.
Crochet stitches look different when worked in wire than they do when worked in yarn or thread. If you add chunky beads to the mix, like I did here, they can obscure the crochet work even more.
I also find wire crochet endlessly fascinating. I’ve completed quite a few projects in this technique. While I don’t find it relaxing to work in this technique, I do usually love the results.
OK, maybe that’s not entirely accurate. Make that sometimes. Sometimes I love the results.
The thing is, wire crochet is not always the ideal technique for perfectionists. If you find it satisfying to crochet nice, neat, precise, evenly spaced stitches, you may find wire crochet a bit disappointing. While it’s technically possible to crochet evenly using wire, in practice it is pretty darned difficult to do.
This is one reason why I love the results sometimes, and sometimes not.
When working in yarn, I’ve practiced the afghan stitch to the point that I’m technically proficient at working it; I’m able to make a pretty tidy fabric using the stitch.
When I tried working the afghan stitch in wire, however, all of that went right out the window.
In the picture above, you can see my first attempt at working the afghan stitch using wire. I crocheted a small sample strip of the stitch using copper craft wire, which I then transformed into a beaded bracelet.
I think this design is pretty, and it has significant potential — although I’m not entirely happy with my first attempt. I’ve concluded that it would take more practice for me to produce a piece that’s up to my usual standards.
If you’d like to read more about my experiences with making this bracelet, and the techniques I’ve used to complete it, I invite you to take a look at the free bracelet pattern and instructions that I have shared.
If you’re new to the wire crochet technique, this is NOT a good starter project; I’d recommend trying this beaded wire crochet napkin ring first. That project is much easier than this one is.