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Going batty bracelet

Wear a bevy of bats around your wrist

Netting works up quickly in this fun holiday bracelet. Filling in the stitches creates cute little wings. 

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • 2 6 mm round beads (black)
  • 8 4 mm round beads (black)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 6 g color A (orange)
    • 1 g color B (silver-lined)
    • 3 g color C (black)
  • nylon beading thread, size B, or Fireline 4 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
INSTRUCTIONS
Going batty bracelet 1
FIGURE 1
Going batty bracelet 2b
FIGURE 2

Netted base

1. On 3 yd. (2.7 m) of thread or Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail.

2. Working in netting, pick up a color B 11/0 seed bead, four color A 11/0 seed beads, a B, four As, a B, four As, a B, five As, and a B. Skip the last B, and sew back through the previous A (FIGURE 1, a–b). 

3. Pick up four As, a B, and four As. Skip a B in the previous row, and sew through the next B (b–c). Pick up four As, three color C 11/0 seed beads, and two As. Skip a B in the previous row, and sew through the next B (c–d). 

4. Continue in netting as follows, ending and adding thread as needed:

  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A (d–e). 
  • Pick up four As, a B, three As, and a C. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C (e–f).
  • Pick up five Cs and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B (f–g).
  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A (g–h).
  • Pick up four As, a B, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C (h–i).
  • Pick up three Cs, a 4 mm round bead, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B (i–j).
  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A (j–k).
  • Pick up four As, a B, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next 4 mm (k–l). 
  • Pick up four Cs and four As. Skip eight beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B (l–m). 
  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A.
  • Pick up four As, three Cs, and two As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C. 
  • Pick up six Cs and three As. Skip eight beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B.
  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A (m–n).
  • Pick up four As, a B, two As, and two Cs. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C. 
  • Pick up four As, a B, three As, and a C. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C.
  • Pick up five Cs and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous C (n–o).
  • Pick up three Cs, a 4 mm, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B.
  • Pick up four As, a B, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B.
  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A (o–p).
  • Pick up two As, three Cs, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B.
  • Pick up four As, a B, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next 4 mm.
  • Pick up four Cs and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous C (p–q).
  • Pick up six Cs and three As. Skip eight beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B.
  • Pick up four As and five Cs. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C.
  • Pick up a C, four As, and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A (q–r).
  • Pick up four As, a 4 mm, and three Cs. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C.
  • Pick up four As, a B, two As, and two Cs. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C.
  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A (r–s).
  • Pick up four As, a B, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B.
  • Pick up four As and four Cs. Skip eight beads in the previous row, and sew through the next 4 mm.
  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A (s–t).Pick up three As and six Cs. Skip eight beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C.
  • Pick up two As, three Cs, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B.
  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A (t–u).
  • Pick up four As and five Cs. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C.
  • Pick up a C, three As, a B, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C.
  • Pick up two Cs, three As, and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A (FIGURE 2, a–b).
  • Pick up four As, a B, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B.
  • Pick up four As, a 4 mm, and three Cs. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C.
  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the last B, and sew back through the previous A (b–c).
  • Pick up four As and four Cs. Skip eight beads in the previous row, and sew through the next 4 mm.
  • Pick up four As, a B, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B.
  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A (c–d).
  • Pick up four As, a B, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B.
  • Pick up three As and six Cs. Skip eight beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C.
  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A (d–e).
  • Pick up four As, a B, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next C. 
  • Pick up two Cs, two As, three Cs, and two As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B (e–f).

5. Repeat step 4 to stitch the second half of the bracelet, but omit the last stitch (f–g).

6. To end the band, pick up two Cs, two As, a B, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B (g–h).

  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A (h–i). 
  • Pick up four As, a B, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B. Repeat (i–j).
  • Pick up five As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the previous A.
  • Pick up four As, a B, and four As. Skip nine beads in the previous row, and sew through the next B. Repeat (j–k). Don’t end the threads.
Going batty bracelet 3
Figure 3

Clasp

1. Sew through the beadwork to exit an end B (FIGURE 3, point a).

2. Pick up a 6 mm round bead and a C. Skip the C, and sew back through the 6 mm and the B your thread exited at the start of this step (a–b). Retrace the thread path. Sew through the beadwork to exit the other B in the end row (b–c). Repeat to add a second 6 mm. Retrace the thread path, and end the thread.

Going batty bracelet 4
Figure 4

3. Remove the stop bead on the tail, and sew through the beadwork to exit an end B. Pick up 14 Cs, and sew through the B again. Retrace the thread path, then sew through the beadwork to exit the other B in the end row (FIGURE 4). Repeat to add a second loop. Retrace the thread path, and end the thread.

Going batty bracelet 5
Figure 5

Bat wings

1. Add a comfortable length of thread to the beadwork, and exit the right wing of a “bat” at FIGURE 5, point a.

2. Pick up a C, and sew through the next two Cs (a–b). Pick up a C, sew through the next two Cs, skip a C, and sew through the next two Cs (b–c). Pick up a C, sew through the next C, 4 mm, and four As. Skip an A, and sew through the next three As, C, and the first C added in this step (c–d). 

Going batty bracelet 6
Figure 6

3. Pick up a C, and sew through the next C added in step 2 (FIGURE 6, a–b). Pick up a C, skip two Cs in the base, and sew under the thread bridge between the next two Cs. Sew back through the C just added and the next C in the previous row (b–c).

4. Pick up a C, and sew back through the second C added in step 2 and the next two Cs (c–d). 

5. Sew through the beadwork to exit the corresponding point on the left wing, and repeat steps 2–4 as a mirror image of the right wing. Sew through the beadwork to exit point a on the next right wing.

6. Repeat steps 1–5 on the remaining bats, ending and adding thread as needed.

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