Several months ago I posted (on my Facebook page, Karen Glasgow Follett Designs) a Turkish Flat weave bracelet that I made. The pattern for this bracelet created a lovely staggering of beads that ended in a loop and vintage button closure.
I wanted a pattern of flat weave beaded cording that had a bit more symmetry. The pattern that I devised creates a crochet “cording” that is symmetrical, reversible and would be great to use for bracelets, laniards, necklaces, – or as pictured – scissor fobs with attached tassel pincushion. (I got tired of losing embroidery scissors)
The materials that you will need include:
Size 10 (ish) crochet thread. I used a nylon thread that was a bit larger than a typical size 10
Size 7 (1.65 mm) steel crochet hook
Size 6 Seed beads (or bead sizing of your choosing) *The combination of hook, thread and bead sizing yields approximately 5 rows or 10 beads per inch*
Toggle or closures of choice
Large eye needle (to weave in ends and secure toggle or closures) You can use a sewing needle and thread if you wish to use a vintage button as a closure
Chain – Ch
Bead chain – BCh (move a bead close to hook and work a chain stitch that will encompass the bead)
Single crochet – Sc.
Slip stitch- sl st
Allowing a long tail to secure clasp, Ch 2,
- Work a sc in the 2nd ch from hook (you can work additional sc to accommodate a button closure if needed) Turn
2. BCh, sl st to sc, turn
3. Bch, sc in base of the sl st (work over the slip stitch) turn
Repeat 2 and 3 until desired length. (add extra chains if you want to create a loop closure)
Leave a long tail to stitch clasp, Cut and secure thread.
Weave in ends.