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Free DIY Knitted Bangle Project by Jamie Hogsett

10:30 AM

The more I use the knitting spool, the more I really like it. When I first saw the tool, I had no idea how versatile it was. I've since used it to make necklaces, earring and lots of different types of bracelets. Soft Flex Beading Wire is my favorite wire to use on the spool (it can be used with Craft Wire as well) as it gives the projects a great bounce and body. A great example of that is this bangle, which doesn't even need a clasp - it just stretches around your hand, then tightens up again to fit your wrist.

Materials needed:
One 10 foot spool of Green Turquoise .019 Diameter Soft Flex Beading Wire
10" of Silver 22-gauge Soft Flex Craft Wire
2 Sterling Silver 2mm Crimp Tubes
2 Sterling Silver 3mm Crimp Covers
2 lime green 10x6mm Enameled Flower Bead Caps
1 Pewter 25x16mm Fishy Bead
About 70 Blue Turquoise 3mm Rondelles
4 Turquoise 4mm Swarovski Elements Crystal Bicones
2 green/blue/red 10mm Manik Manik Lampwork Glass Rounds

Tools needed:
3-Pin Knitting Spool with Stylus
Chain Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Crimping Pliers
Tape Measure
Bead Stoppers

Step 1: Without cutting any wire from the spool, string all but four of the blue turquoise rondelles onto the green turquoise beading wire.
Step 2: Using the instructions posted here, follow the first three steps of Style 1 to secure the wire to the knitting spool. Knit six stitches (two complete rounds).
Step 3: Before completing the next stitch, slide 1 turquoise rondelle up the wire so that it sits between 2 pins of the knitting spool.
Step 4: Continue knitting, adding one turquoise rondelle to every stitch.
Note: After every stitch or two, pull down on the wire end to help the knitted cord pull through the bottom of the knitting spool.
Step 5: Continue knitting until the cord is about 4" in length.
Step 6: Knit three stitches (one round) without adding any beads.
Step 7: Cut the wire from the spool, leaving a 6" tail. Pass the wire end through the next loop on the knitting spool, from top to bottom.
Step 8: Carefully remove the wire loop from the pin. Repeat for the other two pins.
Step 9: Gently pull the knitted cord from the knitting spool.
Step 10: Place a Bead Stopper on each end of the knitted cord. Use your fingers to rumple the cord, working a little at a time between your fingers to move the beads around to different areas of the wire loops. Set the knitted cord aside.
Step 11: Use 3" of 22-gauge wire to form a wrapped loop. String 1 turquoise rondelle, 1 Manik Manik lampwork glass round, and 1 turquoise rondelle. Form a wrapped loop. Use 4" of 22-gauge wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the previous loop. String 1 crystal bicone, the fishy bead, and 1 crystal bicone. Form a wrapped loop. Use 3" of 22-gauge wire to form a wrapped loop that attaches to the previous loop. String 1 turquoise rondelle, 1 lampwork glass round, and 1 turquoise rondelle. Form a wrapped loop.
Step 12: Remove one Bead Stopper from the knitted cord. Use the wire end to string 1 flower bead cap, 1 turquoise crystal bicone, 1 crimp tube, and 1 wrapped loop from Step 11. Pass back through the crimp tube, snug the wire so that there is a small loop of beading wire around the craft wire wrapped loop, and crimp. Cover the crimp tube with 1 crimp cover. Repeat entire step using the other end of the knitted cord and the remaining wrapped loop.

Bead Caps from C-Koop Beads. Fishy Bead from Green Girl Studios. Swarovski Elements Crystal Bicones from Fusionbeads.com. Manik Manik Lampwork Beads from Bead Goes On. All other materials from Soft Flex Company.

Guest blogger Jamie Hogsett is the Education Coordinator for Soft Flex Company and a Swarovski Elements Ambassador. Contact her at Jamie@SoftFlexCompany.com.

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