The Cutie Fruity toddler bracelet is stretchy so it's easy for little people to put on and take off. Apparently that's half the fun! I created this for the Summer Solstice challenge in the Color Combination Challenge Facebook group. I've included the pattern here, free on Near Miscellany, for anyone who'd like to make their own!
- Stretchy ponytail holder the right size to slip on and off a toddler's wrist easily. Choose a compatible color with the finished work as you'll see a bit of this.
- Fruit-shaped beads about 1/4” to ½” long.*
- 8.75 yards of six-strand embroidery floss
- More embroidery floss in a contrasting color (optional)
- embroidery needle
- Crochet hook D/3-3.25 mm
String beads onto the floss in the order you want them to appear in the finished work. Push the beads down the floss so that you can use the tail end that you've strung the beads on. If you can get to the opposite end you may want to temporarily knot a pony bead on it to prevent your beads from slipping off as you read the final part of the work.
Pass the hook through the ponytail holder, yarn over, pull hook back through and go over top of the ponytail holder, yarn over and pull through loop on hook. Chain one.
SC 2, *ch 3, SC 3* repeat all around the ponytail holder, making sure to do enough repeats to allow the band to stretch some, ch 4 and do not turn.
SC 2 in the first ch3 space, *slide a bead or beads into the work (leave the loop with the beads loose to allow movement), SC2, ch 3, DC 3 in next ch 3 space, ch 3, sc2 in next ch 3 space* sl st through orig ch 4 and pull through. Finish off.
Weave in any loose ends.
Optional extra: Thread needle with contrasting thread and wrap the loop at the base of each bead with it, pulling the thread down through the wrap then back up to finish off and secure it. (You can see in the picture of the finished work at the top of the page that I've done this in orange on only about three bead loops in the picture. I didn't have the right needle for this and what I had to make do with didn't work well.)
When all is finished and secure, hand off to the toddler for a test drive! Mine is a lousy model, she's more interested in seeing what's on the camera than in posing for it. She did enjoy putting the bracelet on and off (it's her latest thing) and inspecting the swingy beads.
*The beads pictured here were handmade of polymer clay and painted with acrylics. You can do this yourself if you're as nuts as I am!
Made for Week 30 of my Facebook Group, Color Combination Challenge 'Rusted Teal'. Leather, hemp, wire, polymer clay, and ingenuity. Measures 25 1/2" long. $25.00 USD, payment through PayPal only. It will be going up on my Etsy page as soon as I can get a nicer picture. (Yes, camera struggles continue as I'm still restricted to my phone)
The 'circuit board' danglies that I made for this are my own design. I'll do a tutorial on how to do these soon. That makes two tutorials that I owe you guys at the very least!