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Celtic Knot Bracelet V2The most amazing little projects are often the simplest!  In her Celtic Knot Bracelet, designer Jennifer E. Ryan puts a new twist on single crochet chains — literally — and boy, these beauties are addictive!  Even the most novice crocheter can create this stunning accessory, perfect for summers on the beach or gifting to your favorite friends.  If you’ve been thinking about trying crochet, now is the time — today is the last day of National Crochet Month!

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Begin by creating two crocheted chains, noting Ryan’s suggestions for modifying length as needed for your wrist.

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Follow her weaving diagram by sight, or by printing it out and pinning into it.  Genius!  At this point, I grabbed my iron and gave the bracelet a few blasts of steam to help set the woven design. Take care not to touch the iron to the yarn, as it will flatten your stitches! Once dry, weave in all of your ends.

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Now, it’s time to add the clamp and clasp! Ribbon clamps have little teeth that bite into fabric (and yarn!) to make attaching them super simple. Position the clamp over the end of your bracelet, then use a pair of jewelry pliers to squeeze it shut. Make sure your pliers have smooth jaws and no teeth, so you don’t scratch your ribbon clamp. My clamps had jump rings and a lobster claw clasp already attached, but you might decide to go with a more decorative option on your own bracelet!

If you LOVE this weaving technique, check out Ryan’s stunning Kerry Shrug pattern in the Spring 2013 issue of Crochet! Magazine.

Project Details:
Pattern: Celtic Knot Bracelet, by Jennifer E. Ryan (FREE download!)
Yarn:Sport weight: I used Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in Wood Violet
Hook: Size F (3.75 mm)
Notions: One set of ribbon clamps and clasp; jewelry pliers; cork or foam board; pins; printout of Ryan’s weaving diagram
Size: Approximately 7.5″ long, including clamps and clasp.  Ryan provides sizing tips to make it yours!