I love knitting jewelry and it can be worn anytime of year, unlike scarves and hats, which are usually relegated to winter months-which we have few of in Texas. I collected up some terrific knitted bracelet patterns and I was so inspired, I decided to come up with my own, based on a class I took years ago in crocheted jewelry. Instead of crocheting the base of the bracelet though, I will knit a bracelet pattern and embellish it. Look for that bracelet pattern as soon as I finish it.
I also decided to include some knitted wristlet and knitted cuff patterns as these can be made to look like bracelets too.
Part of the success of knitting jewelry is just choosing a beautiful yarn. You can add sparkle with a sparkly novelty yarn, or make it fringy with something like this Lion Brand Fun Fur Yarn. Everybody has a little leftover novelty yarn in their yarn stash and knitting bracelet patterns is a great way to use up those bits and pieces of yarn.
One easy way to knit a bracelet is to use the Knifty Knitter Specialty Looms Spool Loom, just like I did with my Knifty Knitter necklace, just make it shorter. Instead of adding a clasp, you could sew the ends together, adding beads or whatever embellishments you prefer.
Here are some wristlet, cuff and knit bracelet patterns I found:
This knitted bracelet pattern, entitled Pretty Twisted, was published on Knitty.com and the designer is Cat Wong of British Columbia. I think this beautiful cuff makes a
Pretty Twisted by Cat Wong from Knitty.com
terrific fashion accessory. You can use not only left over yarn in your yarn stash, but odd buttons you may have laying around. I used to go through the sale baskets of buttons at places like Hobby Lobby and Joann just so I’d have some nice novelty buttons when the need arose.
There are several versions of this knit bracelet pattern on Knitty and Cat uses the linen stitch. If you need to know how to do the linen stitch, here is a video tutural from YouTube.
Here’s a simple knitted cuff pattern, embellished with a large button for closure and some increases and decreases on each end by Midnightsky Fibers. This is an easy pattern and would look great with different yarns and buttons for different outfits.
Keep on Knitting in the Free World has a free pattern for knitted band cuffs which are very modern looking with geometric designs in them. She pictures the cuffs in several different colors so you can get some ideas.
knitted bracelet from NiftyKnitting
This beaded and knitted bracelet in the photo on the left is from NiftyKnitting.com. It’s simply knit to size, with beads added to the top but has a very striking look.
Lion Brand offers this Glittering Knit Bracelet using Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour Yarn, which comes in many different colors, and using the cable stitch. Great way to practice your cables. Another cute cable stitch knitted bracelet pattern is entitled Twisty Wristband, by Joyanra Knitblog.
If you’d like something a bit more complicated, Lee Meridith, contributor to Craft Stylish, has these instructions, How to Knit a Circle Lace Cuff. The results are stunning and it’s a great way to play around with some lace knitting.
The Daria Bracelet by VeganCraftastic creates an i-cord out of Noro’s Daria Multi yarn and ends up with a striking look.
Another i-cord variation for a thin knitted bracelet is posted on ColorSpun. This one rather reminds me of the yarn bracelets we used to make in the 60′s (am I dating myself here?)
Another variation on the i-cord knitted bracelet is this one by Talitha Kuomi on The Fiber Republic. It creates several identical i-cords, and then sews them together to make a side cuff.
I found a really pretty knitted bracelet pattern featuring a Shield Knot by Knituition. This one if felted, which creates a nice look.
Knitting jewelry is quick, easy and fun! As I find more knitted bracelet patterns, I will post them but these were my favorites for now. Remember too, since bracelets are small, they are perfect for experimenting with knitting stitches or embellishments.