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St. Valentine bracelet

Work decreasing rows of peyote to make a bracelet that really shows the shape of your heart
St Valentine bracelet key

SUPPLIES

  • 1 12 mm pearl
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 4 g color A (gold)
    • 6 g color B (red)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test or nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #10 or #12

INSTRUCTIONS

St Valentine bracelet f1
Figure 1

Center rows

1. On 3 yd. (2.7 m) of thread, pick up two color A 11/0 seed beads. Leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail, sew through the first A again (FIGURE 1, a–b). 

2. Pick up a repeating pattern of seven color B 11/0 seed beads and an A a total of 14 times for a 7-in. (18 cm) bracelet (b–c). This will create seven connected heart motifs. For a 6-in. (15 cm) bracelet, pick up 12 repeats; for an 8-in. (20 cm) bracelet, pick up 16 repeats. These beads will shift to form rows 1 and 2 as the next row is added.

St Valentine bracelet f2
Figure 2

3. Work in flat odd-count peyote stitch as follows:

Row 3: For each heart motif, work a stitch with an A and seven stitches with Bs (c–d). At the end of the row, sew through the bottom A from step 1 (d–e). Work an odd-count turn by sewing under the thread bridge between the two edge As and back through the bottom A (FIGURE 2, a–b).

Row 4: Work one B per stitch across the row (b–c).

St Valentine bracelet f3
Figure 3

Row 5: For each heart motif, work one A and seven Bs (c–d). At the end of the row, pick up an A, sew through the adjacent A, and then sew through the beadwork to exit the first A picked up in step 1 (FIGURE 3, a–b).

Top lobes

Continue in peyote as follows:

Row 1: For each heart motif, work an A, two Bs, two As, two Bs, and an A (b–c). At the end of the row, work a decrease turn: Sew under the adjacent thread bridge, and sew back through the nearest two As (d–e).

St Valentine bracelet f4
Figure 4

Row 2: For each heart motif, work an A, a B, and an A, and sew through the next two As. Repeat these three stitches (FIGURE 4, a–b). At the end of the row, work a decrease turn instead of sewing through two As (c–d).

St Valentine bracelet f5
Figure 5

Row 3: For each heart motif, work two As, and sew through the next four As. Repeat these two stitches (FIGURE 5, a–b). At the end of the row, work a decrease turn instead of sewing through four As (c–d).

Row 4: For each heart motif, work an A, and sew through the next six As. Repeat (d–e). At the end of the row, sew through the beadwork to exit the edge A along the bottom row (e–f).

St Valentine bracelet f6
Figure 6

Bottom points

1. Continue in peyote as follows:

Row 1: For each heart motif, work an A, six Bs, and an A (FIGURE 6, a–b). At the end of the row, work a decrease turn (c–d).

Row 2: For each heart motif, work an A, five Bs, and an A, and sew through the next two As (d–e). At the end of the row, work a decrease turn (f–g). 

2. Finish the first heart:

Row 3: Work an A, four Bs, and an A. Work a decrease turn (g–h).

Row 4: Work an A, three Bs, and an A. Work a decrease turn (h–i).

Row 5: Work an A, two Bs, and an A. Work a decrease turn (i–j).

Row 6: Work an A, a B, and an A. Work a decrease turn (j–k).

Row 7: Work two As and a decrease turn (k–l).

Row 8: Work a stitch with two As and a decrease turn (l–m).

Row 9: Work one A between the pair of As in row 8. Sew through the next 10 edge As (m–n).

3. Finish the remaining hearts as in step 2.

St Valentine bracelet f7
Figure 7

Clasp

1. Exiting the bottom edge A of an end heart, pick up two As, a 12 mm pearl, and three As. Sew back through the pearl, pick up two As, and sew through the top edge A (FIGURE 7). Retrace the thread path through the pearl connection, and end the thread.

2. With the tail, pick up enough As to fit around the pearl (approximately 25–30), and sew through the bottom edge A at this end. Test that the loop fits around the pearl, and add or remove As as needed. If you need to reposition the clasp loop to improve the fit, remove the beads just added, sew through the beadwork to the desired point, pick up the loop of beads again, and sew through the adjacent bead in the bracelet. Retrace the thread path a few times, and end the tail.

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