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Wish Bracelets: Why Not Crochet Them?

This is issue #69, and I expect to send out #70 in August after I return from having my first market booth at CGOA's Chain Link conference in San Diego, July 23–25!

Vashti's Summer'15 Crochet Wish Bracelet ExperimentsWish bracelets are friendship bracelets that you wear until they fall off. (At that point your wishes come true.) This means that the way you fasten them on is different from other bracelets.

The two small photos below show the usual fasteners for removable bracelets (far left) vs simple yarn ends long enough for tying. I like to twist the ends together. 

A wish bracelet is tied on with a quick, simple, permanent overhand knot unlike other friendship bracelets that can be easily unfastened. Usually, a friend or special someone ties the wish bracelet.

Where are the Crocheted Wish Bracelets?

It's my Summer of 2015 inspiration. I've discovered fun variations of chain stitches and have created a 20-minute wish bracelet demo for the CGOA conference this month! (See right column.)

Below are some unusual things to do with a chain stitch. Not beginner-level things, but perfect for a demo! From top to bottom: chain "post" stitch. chain "bullion" stitch. Yellow & black one is just chain stitches with alternated yarn color; the pink and black is a double-layer chain stitch. Love!

We’re in the midst of a thriving fashion trend for friendship bracelets that goes beyond the usual teen summer camp tradition. Find funky boho ones by searching “festival bracelets;” anklets, barefoot sandals, and headbands too. An eclectic mix of stitches, knot textures, and materials is a big part of this beachy chic look. Very inspiring! 

Why are so few of them crocheted? Crochet is such a natural choice for today’s eclectic trend. It shares a kinship with macramé, which tends to be used for these bracelets. Chain and slip stitches are also used in knotting. The macramé half hitch is used in crochet to make limpets and some Tunisian increases. Crochet is as fast and easy as its sister macramé, maybe more so for some people. 

No Weaving in Ends!

Crocheters can just use the yarn ends for wish bracelet ties. No weaving in ends, no special fasteners.

Just use small yarn amounts: I only needed about 3 feet (36" or 91 cm).

Even a crochet hook is optional! I finger crocheted some of the bracelets pictured. (A.k.a. "hand chaining.")

Make one quickly with simple skills and easy to find materials, or can get as fancy as you like with special beads and stitches. 

Summer Happy Wish Time!

A wish bracelet is certainly a style commitment. Even if you don’t opt for a brightly colored one, you can count on it looking old and worn after awhile, in a good way: they look even better as they get sun bleached and sandy! We're talking summer, so they feel cool to the touch as they dry after a swim instead of being annoying. 

If your school or workplace doesn’t allow them for aesthetic or safety reasons, you can still get the wish bracelet look with a removable version. (Make extra because they'll never really go out of style among middle and high school students.)

I'm collecting friendship bracelet styles in a new Pinterest board: "Friendship Bracelet Trends."

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Expressive Chain Stitches
Kelly's Top Picks :-)
Four Chain Stitch Wish BraceletsMy 18-year old cousin chose these from my pile of experiments.

If you can crochet chains, you can (from top to bottom in above photo):
- Wrap them with a yarn strand
- Tie a chunky knot here and there
- Braid 3 lengths of chains together
- Baste a small chain strand on top of a thicker one. (Both sides of it are shown.)

I’ve kept strictly to chain stitches in these examples because it’s part of my personal challenge as I write my online book. Slip stitches and single crochets would also be fantastic for wish bracelets. 


DesigningVashti News
NEW Yarn in the Shop: Complete line of Jelly Yarn®! That means all three sizes (Superfine, Fine, and Bulky weights) in glow in the dark, neon, clear, and glitter colors!A few Neon and Clear colors of Jelly Yarn®!One of the Glow in the dark colors of Jelly Yarn®

TIME SENSITIVE: It's not too late to plan to attend CGOA's  
Chain Link conference July 22-25 in San Diego! Just register onsite. (a.k.a. the Knit & Crochet Show.)

Doris and Vashti are unveiling new stuff in our Booth #109This is a sneak peek of Doris' new Lattice! Look at all of those sizes.

New Lotus color: Iced Mocha. So new that I don't even have  a photo of it yet! 

Kits and more crochet stuff! 
Glowpillow: link goes to its Ravelry project page.Such as: Hidden Pocket Glowpillow pattern (left)

DEMOS: We're Doing Free 20-minute crochet demos at the show:
--> Doris': Top Down Seamless Crochet in DesigningVashti Lotus
--> Vashti's: Fresh Crochet Twists on the Friendship Bracelet Fad

Plus several mini-demos throughout the weekend (such as: How to Do Three Key Tunisian Crochet Lace Stitches). 

New pattern in the shop! Aery Faery Tunisian offset lace wrap.
Aery Faery Tunisian Lace Wrap: Offset Filet Rows, 2 viewsAery was mentioned in the previous issue on rotated filet lace. Its pattern is now downloadable here and in Ravelry and Loveknitting (UK).

Award Nominee! Sweet Almonds jewelry stitch set was nominated for Best Jewelry 2015! (See winner here.) Celebrate with me! This pattern 50% off: use code Sweet50 until Aug.1.
Sweet Almonds Jewelry Stitch Set 2 views
This set of five related jewelry patterns gets its fancy effects from combining three special stitches, two bead types, and three crochet beading techniques. Also in Ravelry

Links I Enjoyed This Week

New books by my designer friends! 
MaryJane Hall
’s new Colorful Crochet Lace book is a beauty.

See Sharon Silverman’s inspiring Tunisian Shawls.
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