Chessboard bracelet

Show off Swarovski chessboard crystals on a band of one- and two-drop peyote stitch

SUPPLIES 

Silver bracelet 6 1⁄4 in. (15.9 cm)

  • 4 12 mm crystal chessboard flat-back squares (Swarovski, aqua/glacier)
  • 32 4 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, creamrose light)
  • 32 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, Siam AB 2X)
  • 16 2 mm glass pearls (Czech, white)
  • 11/0 cylinder beads
    • 6 g color A (Toho Treasure 711, tarnished silver; www.shipwreckbeads.com)
    • 1 g color B (Toho Treasure 405, silver-lined black diamond; www.shipwreckbeads.com)
    • 2 g 11/0 seed beads, color C (Toho 554F, permanent finish lilac galvanized matte; www.bellomodo.com)
  • 15/0 seed beads
    • 1 g color D (Toho 2101, ivory opal silver lined)
    • 1 g color E (Toho 558, permanent finish galvanized silver)
    • 2 g color F (Toho 505, higher metallic dragonfly; www.beadaholique.com)
    • 2 g color G (Toho 711, nickel-plated silver)
  • 2 1⁄4-in. (6 mm) garment snaps
  • Fireline, 4 lb. test
  • Beading needles, #12
Topaz bracelet
  • 12 mm crystal chessboard flat-back squares (Swarovski, golden shadow)
  • 4 mm pearls (Czech, powder olive)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, sand opal AB 2X)
  • 3 mm magatamas in place of the 2 mm pearls (Toho 1627, matte opaque khaki AB)
  • 11/0 cylinder beads
    • color A (Toho Treasure 221, bronze)
    • color B (Toho Treasure 222, copper)
  • 11/0 seed beads, color C (Toho 750, metallic copper penny)
  • 15/0 seed beads
    • color D (Toho 222, metallic dark copper; www.artbeads.com)
    • color E (Toho 995, dichroic-lined aqua blue rainbow; www.artbeads.com)
    • colors F and G (Toho 994, gold-lined rainbow crystal; www.artbeads.com)
INSTRUCTIONS
Chessboard bracelet fig 1
Figure 1

Base

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up 13 color A 11/0 cylinder beads. These beads will shift to form rows 1 and 2 as row 3 is added.

2. Work the next rows in combined one- and two-drop peyote stitch as follows. End and add thread as needed.

Row 3 (FIGURE 1):

Pick up an A, skip the last A added in step 1, and sew through the next A. 

Pick up two As, skip the next two As added in step 1, and sew through the following two As. 

Pick up an A, skip the next A added in step 1, and sew through the following two As. 

Pick up two As, skip the next two As added in step 1, and sew through the following A. 

Pick up an A, and work an odd-count turn as shown in figure 1 to be in position for the next row.

Chessboard bracelet fig 2
Figure 2

Row 4 (FIGURE 2):

  • Pick up an A, and sew through the next two up-bead As. 
  • Pick up two As, and sew through the next up-bead A. 
  • Pick up two As, and sew through the next two up-bead As. 
  • Pick up an A, and sew through the next up-bead A.
Chessboard bracelet fig 3
Figure 3

Row 5 (FIGURE 3):

  • Pick up an A, and sew through the next up-bead A. 
  • Pick up two As, and sew through the next two up-bead As. 
  • Pick up a color B 11/0 cylinder bead, and sew through the next two up-bead As. 
  • Pick up two As, and sew through the next up-bead A. 
  • Pick up an A, and work an odd-count turn.
  • Rows 6–10: Work in the established pattern using all As.
Chessboard bracelet fig 4
Figure 4

Row 11 (FIGURE 4): Continue in the established pattern, picking up the beads as indicated.

  • Work one stitch with a B.
  • Work one stitch with two As
  • Work one stitch with an A.
  • Work one stitch with two As.
  • Pick up a B, and work an odd-count  (OC) turn.
Chessboard bracelet fig 5
Figure 5

Row 12: Work in the established pattern using all As (FIGURE 5, a–b).

Row 13: Work as in row 11 (b–c).

Rows 14–18: Work in the established pattern using all As (c–d).

Row 19: Work as in row 5 (d–e).

Rows 20–30: Work in the established pattern using all As.

Row 31 (FIGURE 6, a–b):

  • Work one stitch with an A.
  • Work one stitch with two Bs.
  • Work one stitch with an A.
  • Work one stitch with two Bs.

Pick up an A, and work an OC turn.

Rows 32–34: Work in the established pattern using all As (b–c).

Row 35: Work as in row 31 (c–d).

Rows 36–46: Work in the established pattern using all As (d–e).

3. Repeat rows 5–46 until your bracelet is the desired length plus 3⁄8 in. (1 cm) for the snap closure overlap. Remove the stop bead, and end the working thread and tail.

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