Bling Bam Bangle for Beginners

Bling Bam Bangle is a fun beginner crochet bracelet. Use DesigningVashti Lotus yarn with a sequined strand, and learn one or more types of crochet ribbed stitches.
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  • Item #: 23L-J9412
  • Manufacturer: Vashti Braha

Crocheters at the Beginner skill level: You'll enjoy the ribbed band. You just need to know how to crochet into the back loop of single crochets {UK: dc} in rows. First, try the bangle with one strand of a smooth yarn. Then try crocheting a strand of your yarn held together with a fancy strand to get used to crocheting double-stranded. Then, try the skill-building slip stitch and the half double {UK: htr} versions. 

Bling Bam Bangle began as a test of ribbing stitches for a simple crochet bangle. At the time (September 2012), I was preparing to teach a crochet jewelry class at a CGOA conference in Reno, Nevada. 

The design started with my goal to make a comfortable crochet bracelet that doesn’t require a clasp. A stretchy ribbed one would slide on and off the wrist for a soft crochet bangle. 

I originally planned to make two and then compare them: a single crochet rib one, and a slip stitch rib one. Instead, I amused myself by adding a mock clasp. It reminds me of Bamm-Bamm Rubble, the baby boy who hit everything with a stone club in the The Flintstones cartoon.

Two years later in December 2014, I tried a holiday version: a sequined strand held together with different colors of my Lotus yarn. I couldn’t stop! I made a dozen, and tried seven different kinds of ribbed stitches. 

This pattern offers four stretchy versions, in keeping with the original goal of a simple, stretchy ribbed “bangle.” For details on all other variations, see the Flickr photo set link that is clickable within the pattern. (Also see my newsletter, “Crochet Ribs, Old & New Grooves” on the stretch factor of different ribbed crochet stitches.)

The quirky Bam-Bam clasp is just for bang (impact). It’s crocheted last, and you can leave it off altogether. Customizing notes are included.

Skill Level: EasyThe ribbed cuff part of the bracelet is Beginner level, although crocheting a sequined strand held together with a smooth yarn may be challenging for beginners. See above images; the original bracelet was crocheted in rustic colors with no “bling” (sequined strand). The cuff part is single crochet in the back loop. The clasp is an Easy level combination of slip stitches and bobbles.

This pattern uses minimal pattern abbreviations. UK and Australian equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms are in brackets { }. After using this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to crochet four different kinds of crochet ribbing. 
  • How to crochet a simple ribbed bracelet, and how to count the rows easily.
  • How to customize the width and fit of the bangle.
  • How to crochet a decorative loop-and-post clasp. 

Finished Dimensions

Approximately 1.25" {3.18 cm} wide with a 6" {15.25 cm} circumference. The selected rib stitches used in this pattern give the bangle enough stretch to slide comfortably onto the wrist. Exact gauge is not important, and many large sequins in some yarns can affect one’s stitching gauge, so the dimensions may vary a bit.

Materials Used

Crochet Hook: Size F/US5/3.75 mm hook or size needed for gauge.
Yarn used for Bling Bam Bangles: 

DesigningVashti.com Lotus Snacks (52% Cotton, 48% Rayon; 85yd/78m per 1.16oz/33g skein): one ball is enough for three bracelets. (A ball of the large 256-yd ball of Lotus would yield at least nine bracelets.) 

To substitute a yarn, choose a #2 Fine Weight yarn with a recommended crochet hook size range of US E/4 {3.5 mm} to US G/6 {4.0 mm}. These yarns may also be referred to as Sport, Heavy Sock {Light DK, 5-Ply}. Figure on approx. 11g or 29 yds, or less, per bracelet. This bracelet is also a fun way to play with color changes and a self-striping or space dyed yarn.

One strand of Lotus was held together with one strand of a sequined novelty thread:

  • Premier Yarns Enchant (76% Metallic, 24% Other; 429yd/392m per .88oz/25g skein): approx. 29 yds per bracelet. Colors used: King’s Crown and Jewelry Box. 
  • Yarn Bee Bejeweled Sequin (40% Metallic Polyester, 30% Sequin Polyester, 30% Polyester; 328yd/300m per .88oz/25g skein): approx. 29 yds per bracelet. Colors used: Mulberry Multi, Gray Multi and Purple Multi.
  • Berroco Mirror FX (100% Polyester; 60yd/55m per .35oz/10g): approx. 29 yds per bracelet. Color 9001, square gold sequins on white thread.
  • Berroco Lazer (100% Polyester; 70yd/64m per .35oz/10g): approx. 29 yds per bracelet. Color 6004, silver sequins on black thread.

Yarn needle for weaving in ends.

  • Skill Level: Easy (for Advanced Beginners)
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