Hey Friends! I’ve been working on quick and easy crochet projects for the summer months. I had this fun idea recently to crochet a trendy wrap bracelet using leather cord. Spoiler alert: it turned out amazing! So today I have a free pattern for you for a crochet leather wrap bracelet, and I think you’re going to love it.
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About the Bracelet
I don’t know about you, but I love the look of leather accessories! When I originally started working on this bracelet, I knew that I wanted to crochet with leather cord. It gives such a cool finished look. However, it can be a tad tricky to work with. So I decided on a really simple stitch technique to use: the i-cord.
I also played with some difference materials to make these bracelets. If you don’t use leather, waxed cotton cord is a great vegan alternative. Or if you’re just looking for a different thickness or style, 100% cotton is another great option. I had some Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton leftover from the Scrapadoodle Clutch that I used to whip up a basic, black bracelet. Cotton crochet thread will give you the same basic style but with a daintier result. I tried out all three and had good results with them all.
About the Stitch
The crochet i-cord is a really, cool crochet technique. It’s surprisingly easy to do, and once you get the hang of it, I think you’re going to want to incorporate it into all your designs that need straps or cords. I’ll include a video here, but if you’d like a step-by-step stitch tutorial, check out this post!
The Crochet I-cord
There are a couple of opportunities to customize your crochet bracelet. Aside from the type of material you work with, the closure is a great spot to be creative. You could use an interesting button here or a glass bead. Or even go a more traditional jewelry route with a toggle style clasp. Each of these closing features is an opportunity for creativity.
You can also add some charms to your finished bracelet. There’s a few ways to do this. On mine, I added it a the closure site, but you could also space some lightweight charms throughout your entire wrap bracelet. The sky’s the limit with creativity on this project.
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10yds of 1mm Leather cord (or cotton yarn/thread)
2.0mm crochet hook (or appropriate hook for chosen material)
Glass bead or button for closure
Needle nose pliers (optional)
Decorative Charms (optional)
Row 1: Leaving approximately an 8-12″ tail, Ch 3. In second ch from hook, pull up a loop. In third ch from hook, pull up another loop. (3 loops on hook)
Row 2: Without pulling them out, remove the 2nd and 3rd loop from your hook. (Note: it is helpful to hold the base of those stitches to prevent them from coming undone) Sl st in first loop. Insert hook back into 2nd loop, sl st. Insert hook into 3rd loop, sl st.
Repeat Row 2 until cord reaches approximately 24″. (Note 24″ is sufficient for 3 wraps on a 6-7″ wrist. For more or less wraps, adjust cord length by approx. 8″.) When cord is appropriate size, yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.
Next you will be making a loop for the bracelet closure with chain stitches. The size of the loop will be determined by the size of the piece you have chosen for closure. For example, when I use a 1/2″ glass bead and I needed 9 chains to make a loop large enough to fit around the bead, but when I used a small button I only needed 7 chains.
Ch until it is long enough to loop around your closure piece. From the opposite side, insert hook into the top of the cord where you pulled through the last three loops. Sl st to secure and fasten off and weave end down through center of cord.
On opposite end, using the long tail, attach your bead or button with a tapestry needle. Fasten off and weave end down through the center of cord.
Optional: Using some needle nose pliers, attach some decorative charms to your bracelet.
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial! I’d love to see your crochet wrap bracelet and all the creative things you do to personalize it. Be sure to tag me on Instagram @craftingforweeks so I can see all your fabulous makes. You can also follow me there to find out what I’m working on next!
Until next time, Happy Crafting!