Tutorial: Crochet a Bracelet on a Tube

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Your supplies:

One bracelet-shaped object — For this tutorial, I used the cardboard tube from a skein of Lion Brand Incredible.
Yarn [obviously] – The amount of yarn varies depending on the type of yarn you use. I used a little less than half a skein of Lion Brand Incredible for this demonstration and came up almost short. If you use worsted weight or heavier for this project, you will need at least 70 yards. Yardage for lighter yarn weights depends on how thick you want the bracelet [that’ll be explained below].
An appropriately-sized hook – It’s best to work with a hook that’s meant to work with the yarn. Lion Brand Incredible called for a P-hook, but I used an N-hook because I prefer the way it looks.
Scissors – For cutting [Again, obvious, I know.]

Step One: Gather Your Supplies

Get your tube, your yarn, and your hook all in the same place.

Step Two: That first stitch

The first stitch is going to be the most complicated. You may lose the stitch a couple of times, but stick with it. Once you’ve got the first few loops under your belt, it gets easy.

First, get a slip stitch on your hook
Second, place your hook inside your tube with the yarn lying across like so:

The second part of step two from the outside

The second part of step two from the outside

Third, with your hook still inside the tube, yarn over:

The third part of step two from the inside.

The third part of step two from the inside.

At the end of the third part of step two, you should be positioned something like this:

At the end of the third part of step two, you should see some variation of this.

Step Three: Complete the Stitch

You’re halfway done with the first stitch. You’ll now be working off the top of your tube and from the outside.

First, pull up a loop:

The first part of step three

The first part of step three

Second, pull the new loop through both of the loops on the hook:

How it should look after youve completed the second part of the third step

How it should look after you've completed the second part of the third step

Step Four: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

Continue making loops around your tube as demonstrated in steps two and three. Once you have a dozen or so stitches, you’ll see that they are spread out over the tube like so:

Spaced out stitches; dont worry, youll fix it.

Spaced out stitches; don't worry, you'll fix it.

Simply push the stitches together from both sides, and you’ll get a layered look that hides the tube beneath:

Push it together, and youll hide your tube.

Push it together, and you'll hide your tube.

Continue along stitching and pushing until you’ve completely covered your tube. You’ll finish off your bracelet the same way you finish off any crochet project — cut off your yarn with about six inches left and pull it through your final loop. You’ll weave in the end on the inside of your tube.

A quick note: No matter the size of your yarn, you will end up with a series of bumps along one edge of your tube. Consider it the bottom of your bracelet, and it’ll hide itself.

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3 responses to “Tutorial: Crochet a Bracelet on a Tube

  1. I like the idea and it’s very pretty. Do you really wear this specific bracelet? You go around with a cardboard tube on your wrist- doesn’t it fall down/off?

    The stitch you use is very pretty though. It would be cool with some beads done this way!

  2. gaylefrancisdesigns

    I wear this bracelet on a regular basis. It moves around a bit, but I don’t find that it moves any more than any other bracelet.

    If you do a bead version, I’d love to see it!

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