Fun family project – knit your own bracelets

by Kathena A Posted on May 17, 2010

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Recently I helped out at a third graders knitting and crochet club where I came to understand just how alive these skills still are. Both boys and girls wanted to learn how to make scarves, wristbands, hats and accessories. My visit prompted me to put together an easy felted bracelet project for you to try at home.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR FELTED BRACELETS

  • 10 to 12 yards of pure wool, worsted weight yarn.  Wool must be used when felting your product
  • Size 6 knitting needles
  • Three 16 gauge jump rings per bracelet (found at bead or craft stores)
  • Two pairs of flat nose pliers / 5 to 6 inch in length (bead or hardware stores)
  • Washing machine (for felting your bracelet)
  • Flake detergent
  • Hot water
  • Yarn needle

DIRECTIONS

  • Cast on 4 or 5 stitches (five stitches will make your bracelet about 1 inch wide)
  • Knit row upon row until you reach a length of 7 inches. Now, cast off.
  • Using a yarn needle, weave the tail into the knitted stitching of your work. You can cut the tail off once you have woven an inch or so into your knitted work
  • Using your flat nose pliers, open the jump ring by grasping one side of the ring with the first pair of pliers. Use the second pair of pliers to grasp the other side of the jump ring and  pull it toward you. This will open the ring. Thread the ring through the end of the knitted yarn bracelet and close the jump ring by doing the opposite of the above procedure. Always open and close jump rings by pushing the two sides back and forth from side to side and never in and out.
  • Attach the second jump ring at the other end of the bracelet.
  • Use the third jump ring to hold the first two rings together, thus forming a three link chain.
  • Now you are ready to felt your work. Fill your washing machine with hot water, add your wash and toss in your bracelet.  You will need to run the bracelet through the washer about 3 times. Always use hot water and some flake detergent. This process will shrink your work a bit and will make the knitted stitching disappear into the felted fabric.  Your finished product will look more like thick felt than a knitted piece.
  • Once your bracelet is felted to the degree you like you can add charms or ribbon onto the jump rings for a bit of extra decoration. Now, just slip your bracelet on and enjoy!

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  1. BarbaraJ Says:

    This is a wonderful and really cute idea. I love the look and fun it would be to make. How creative you are my dear! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    These are amazing…. I have always been impressed with anyone who could do such a project. Knitting is something that I have tried but just couldnt do.

  3. ElleSnaps Says:

    These little bracelets are adorable :) I will definitely give this a go. Love the idea!

  4. Joey Says:

    How cool are these bracelets. I would love to have a bunch of my nieces friends over and do projects like this. I know they’d love it. I, too, really admire people who have the skill and patience to do these types of projects. Way to go!
    Great and fun article!

more about Kathena A

I grew up in the Bay Area where I soaked up all of the advantages that places like Berkeley, San Francisco and Marin could offer. During the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s I taught grammar school here in California. Over the years I managed to teach all the grade levels and thus I have gained an arsenal of art projects and writing tips, which I would like to share with you. I work as an artist and metal smith now but my former students often visit me and, as you may imagine, some of them now have young children of their own. We often reminisce about a favorite art project that we did at school together. In some cases the original project has been preserved. I recently visited with a former student of mine who is now a college professor in the field of nanotechnology. I was amazed to see an art project that he had done in third grade on display in his parents’ home. Together, we admired his work all over again. With the arrival of Shutterfly’s photo storage capabilities parents can now photograph and preserve those memories and store them online. In addition, they can easily create beautiful memory books as future keepsakes for their children. With this in mind, it is my hope that together, you and I will create some new projects and family memories for your child’s scrapbook.

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