I think I am starting to go through yarn withdrawals. Maybe that’s why I had that bout with the cystitis. It’s supposed to be caused by stress, and while cabin fever isn’t exactly stressful, it can certainly be nerve-wracking! And I’ve had more than my fair share of cabin fever lately. The birds by our window were all but drowned out by all the rain we’ve been having lately (they are only now coming back to reclaim their nest), and The Animator’s Wife hasn’t been home much to let me help her crochet. There’s not much for me to do around here except sit around and stare out the window. Even Osiris bores me lately.
I do find The Animator’s Wife’s wire crochet projects interesting though. Today she made a lovely bracelet from pearls and amethyst beads. It wasn’t as much fun to watch her make as when she works with yarn, but it’s different, at least. I thought it would be nice to share the pattern with everyone else suffering from cabin fever this summer. Really, the best cure for boredom is to try something new. And hopefully The Animator’s Wife will start using yarn again soon.
2 yd 28g artistic wire
6 5-mm rice pearl beads
5 5-mm gemstone beads
1 metal toggle clasp
Size C-2 (2.75 mm) crochet hook
Needle nose pliers
1. Fold wire in half to create one 1-yd length of wire that is double-thick.
2. Thread beads onto the double-thick wire in the following pattern: 1 gemstone, *1 pearl, 1 gemstone, 2 pearls, 1 gemstone; repeat from *.
3. Carefully make a slipknot with the wire, leaving a 3-inch tail. Tighten the slipknot onto your crochet hook.
4. Ch 3.
5. Slide 1 bead up to the crochet hook and ch over it. The pearl should now be “caught” in the ch stitch. This is called a beaded ch stitch.
6. Work 3 non-beaded ch stitches.
7. Repeat Steps 6 & 7 until all beads are incorporated. Finish off, leaving a 3-inch tail.
8. Grasp the bracelet at either end and pull firmly in opposite directions to flatten the wire stitches. This will give the bracelet a neater appearance.
9. Using the needle nose pliers, thread the beg 3-inch tail through the T-piece of the toggle clasp, sliding the T-piece up to the first chain stitch. Wrap the tail around the base of the T-piece at least 3 times to secure it into place. Trim the excess with wire cutters. Repeat for ending 3-inch tail and O-piece.
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