DIS­COVER TURK­ISH CRO­CHET By De­bra Arch Learn a unique way to join strips to­gether!

Crochet! - - Contents - BY DE­BRA ARCH

The Turk­ish Flat Stitch tech­nique pro­duces a beaded band that drapes beau­ti­fully on the wrist. It is a very quick and easy process that looks like it was wo­ven or made with macramé in­stead of cro­chet.

Very ba­sic, begin­ner cro­chet stitches are used. In fact, this is a per­fect quick, begin­ner project! Within min­utes you can turn a few beads and cot­ton cro­chet thread into a cute bracelet to com­ple­ment your wardrobe!

These bracelets would make won­der­ful gifts and, be­cause this tech­nique works up quickly, you can make sev­eral friend­ship bracelets in just one evening! Or how about mak­ing match­ing bracelets in a school’s team col­ors for all the girls sports and cheer­lead­ing teams? These bracelets would also be a fun begin­ner project to teach teens and tweens to make and sell as a fundraiser for their schools.

Although you will be us­ing the same stitches, each bracelet can look com­pletely unique and dif­fer­ent just by chang­ing the com­bi­na­tion of beads and threads used! For ex­am­ple, the mul­ti­col­ored gem­stone beads se­lected for the watchband and bracelet pat­terns in this is­sue were paired with cro­chet thread in a cop­per color and re­sulted in a nat­u­ral, Bo­hemian- look­ing style. How­ever, the pos­si­bil­i­ties for dis­tinc­tive bracelets are end­less as there are dif­fer­ent types, col­ors, sizes and shapes of beads. Choose from metal­lic or opaque, matte or shiny, trans­par­ent or AB fin­ish, wood or acrylic, gem­stone or crys­tals, just to name a few.

An­other way to change the look of these bracelets is by us­ing var­i­ous color com­bi­na­tions when pair­ing the beads and cot­ton threads to­gether, such as monochro­matic, com­ple­men­tary or con­trast­ing col­or­ways. You can also cro­chet the beads with em­broi­dery floss or metal­lic threads for more va­ri­ety in ap­pear­ance.

The fi­nal op­tion for vary­ing the look of the bracelets is with the type of stitch used. Each will re­sult in a sub­tle change by mak­ing the bracelet slightly nar­rower or wider. But re­mem­ber these are very ba­sic cro­chet stitches! So, if you al­ready know how to make slip, sin­gle cro­chet and half dou­ble cro­chet stitches, you have all the skills you need to make your bracelet. Let’s get started!

DE­TER­MIN­ING BRACELET OR WATCHBAND LENGTH

The first thing that needs to be done is to de­cide how long you want your bracelet to be. There are sev­eral ways to de­ter­mine the length of your bracelet:

1. Mea­sure a bracelet you al­ready own that is the length you like.

2. Sim­ply start mak­ing the bracelet; pe­ri­od­i­cally stop and wrap it around your wrist to de­ter­mine how tight or loose you want the bracelet to be.

3. Wrap a flex­i­ble mea­sur­ing tape around your wrist to the de­sired length and make your bracelet to that mea­sure­ment.

4. Wrap a piece of yarn or string around your wrist to be as tight or loose as you want your bracelet to be and use it as your mea­sure­ment.

5. For the Triple-Wrap Bracelet, you can use one of the pre­vi­ous mea­sur­ing op­tions and mul­ti­ply it by the num­ber of times you want to wrap the bracelet around your wrist, then cro­chet enough rows to get that de­sired length.

6. The Watchband length will de­pend upon the size of the watch face you will be us­ing. For a good es­ti­mate, sub­tract the length of the watch face from your fin­ished bracelet length and di­vide that num­ber by 2 be­cause you will be mak­ing 2 sep­a­rate bands to at­tach to the watch face. Don’t for­get to al­low for the size of the tog­gle clasps. As you start cro­chet­ing one side of the watchband, pe­ri­od­i­cally check to see if the band will end just slightly short of the cen­ter of your wrist af­ter the last bead is at­tached, as this is where you will add the tog­gle clasp. Make the 2nd band the same length as the first one.

Af­ter you have de­ter­mined the length of your bracelet and se­lected the beads and threads, you are ready to be­gin!

PRE-STRING­ING BEADS ONTO CRO­CHET THREAD

The gem­stone beads used in my de­signs were pre- strung on a ny­lon cord and needed to be re­strung onto the cro­chet thread. The tra­di­tional method of trans­fer­ring beads from pre- strung cord to cro­chet thread would not work be­cause the ny­lon cord couldn’t be tied in a knot tight enough to pass through the very small hole of these 3mm beads. I did not want to take the time to hand­string each bead one by one be­cause it can be quite te­dious and time­con­sum­ing to in­sert the bead­ing nee­dle through the very small holes. I needed a life hack to quickly string sev­eral beads at one time onto cro­chet thread, and I came up with a way to do just that with only a short piece of duct tape!

Here is how it can be done: Fold 1/2inch of the non­ad­he­sive side of duct tape back on it­self 3 times, un­til the ad­he­sive side is ex­posed on all sides. Cen­ter it on top of a piece of rub­ber­ized shelf liner. ( The liner’s rough sur­face will help pre­vent beads from bounc­ing and rolling onto the floor if some ac­ci­den­tally fall onto the work sur­face.) Place the shelf liner on an el­e­vated, flat, firm sur­face, such as a capped hair­spray can or large vi­ta­min bot­tle.

Now thread a bead­ing nee­dle with the cro­chet thread, leav­ing a 6- inch tail. Next, with the pre- strung bead strand still knot­ted at each end, place the first 9 or 10 beads cen­tered over the strip of duct tape and press down firmly on the beads to em­bed their per­fectly aligned po­si­tion in the duct tape (see Photo A).

Snip off the knot in front of the bead strand and gen­tly pull the ny­lon cord out from right to left of the bead holes while si­mul­ta­ne­ously pass­ing the tip of the bead­ing nee­dle from right to left through the bead holes (see Photo B).

Once the nee­dle and thread have passed through all the beads, stop and se­cure the snipped end of the bead strand with a mini clothes­pin or small clip so the re­main­ing beads do not fall off the pre-strung cord! Next, gen­tly pull up on the cro­chet thread to loosen the beads from the duct tape. Then place the next 9–10 beads onto the duct tape and re­peat this process un­til all beads are trans­ferred onto the cro­chet thread, adding the last, larger bead for the clo­sure bead.

If you do not have a long bead­ing nee­dle and want to start your bracelet as soon as pos­si­ble, try us­ing a den­tal floss threader! (see Photo C)

This will work if each bead has a hole large enough for the floss threader to pass through. Since the floss threader is very flex­i­ble, you will need to grasp the threader close to the tip and use it to string the beads in the same man­ner as the bead­ing nee­dle.

Now that the beads are strung onto cro­chet thread, let’s learn how to work the Turk­ish Flat Stitch!

In the pho­tos that show each step, I used the size 10 cot­ton thread, size 10 steel cro­chet hook, sin­gle cro­chet stitches and 3mm and 6mm beads needed to make the Triple-Wrap Bracelet on page 11. How­ever, you cer­tainly can work with larger sizes of beads, threads or cro­chet hooks while you are learn­ing this tech­nique.

Ba­si­cally, each bead is se­cured to the cro­chet thread with a chain-1, then the work is turned and a sin­gle cro­chet is worked into the thread on top of the bead just worked. Here is each step: Be­gin by plac­ing a slip knot on the hook and slide the first bead close to the hook (see Photo 1),

Note: Bead in this photo is the larger 6mm bead used for the clo­sure. yarn over (see Photo 2), pull through loop on hook to com­plete chain-1 (see Photo 3),

pull through both loops on hook to com­plete this sin­gle cro­chet stitch (see Photo 8). The first bead has been added!

Now let’s con­tinue to add the sec­ond bead:

Slide next bead (sb) close to hook

(see Photo 9),

pull through both loops on hook to com­plete sin­gle cro­chet stitch (see

Photo 16).

Re­peat steps 9–16 to add each bead un­til you have the de­sired length for your bracelet. Then fol­low the sim­ple in­struc­tions on page 12 to add ei­ther a chain loop clo­sure or tog­gle clasps to your bracelets and watchband.

The fi­nal step is weav­ing in the cro­chet thread ends. One last tip: If the project was made us­ing two strands, such as the Slip Stitch Bracelet and Sin­gle Cro­chet Watchband, a much neater fin­ish will be achieved if the thread tails are wo­ven in in­di­vid­u­ally on the wrong side of the piece in­stead of threaded to­gether.

That’s all you need to know to make the beau­ti­ful Turk­ish Cro­chet Bracelets & Watchband found on page 11!

This tech­nique is so much fun to do. Each choice of beads and threads makes its own one- of-a- kind cre­ation, and I am sure you will want to make sev­eral for your­self and friends!

TURK­ISH FLAT STITCH TECH­NIQUE

turn, in­sert hook un­der thread at top of same bead (see Photo 4),

yarn over (see Photo 5),

pull up a loop— 2 loops on hook (see Photo 6), yarn over (see Photo 7),

turn, in­sert hook in top of sin­gle cro­chet made over first bead (see Photo 12), yarn over (see Photo 13),

pull up a loop— 2 loops on hook (see Photo 14),

yarn over (see Photo 15),

yarn over (see Photo 10), pull through loop on hook to com­plete chain-1 (see Photo 11),

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