Jelly Candy

Difficulty: 2
Technique: crocheting

A crocheted tube

Preciosa Ornela offers the widest range of shapes, sizes and colour variants in its PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads brand of seed beads. This time, we have selected seed beads with a square cross section which are cut from square glass rods with a round or square hole. So let’s try using a classic technique in combination with a slightly unusual shape. The so-called “Squares” made from crystal glass with a colourful surface finish look like candied fruit or jelly candies.
Preciosa Ornela wishes you a lot of fun during your beadworking.

Materials & Tools

Other materials & tools

Crocheting yarn, a Big Eye needle or a stringing needle with an eye for a fine line, thread for sewing up the bracelet, a 1.25 crochet hook, scissors

Step 1

First string ca 1.5 m of seed beads (squares in a mixture of colours) onto the crocheting yarn.
If you do not have a special Big Eye needle for the stringing, pass a fine line or thread through the eye of the needle and create a loop and thread the yarn through it (fig. 1).

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Step 2

Create the basic loop. Keep it relatively large – it will later be used to connect the seed beads to the circle (fig. 2a).
Count off 5 seed beads (fig. 2b) and crochet a chain with seed beads. Move one seed bead as close as possible to the crochet hook and then hook the yarn and crochet the first loop with the seed bead (fig. 2c). Repeat the procedure four more times and in doing so create 5 chain links with 5 seed beads (fig. 2d).

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Step 3

Then pass the hook through the first basic loop and pull the yarn through both loops at once (fig. 3a).
Then insert the hook into the loop to the left of the first seed bead, twist the bead to the right and downwards, move as close as possible to the next nearest seed bead, hook the yarn and crochet the first loop (thread the yarn through both loops at once) (fig. 3b).

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Step 4

Add seed beads to the second row (fig. 4a) and then crochet firm loops with seed beads with a spiral (fig. 4b). You have done this correctly, if all of the seed beads in all the rows have their holes turned in the direction of the crocheting (upwards).

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Step 5

As soon as the tube is at a length which is sufficient to go around the widest part of the arm, crochet the last row without any beads. Hide the remains of the yarn inside the tube (fig. 5a). Thread the thread into the needle and sew the ends of the tube together (fig. 5b).  If you want to have a fastening on the bracelet or if you also want to create a necklace, hide the ends of the tubes in caps using eye pins and add any type of costume jewellery fastening.

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