Hi everyone! I’m Caitie, the maker and designer who runs the blog and online shop Thoresby Cottage. I live in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa with my husband, toddler and fur-friend, Lily Buttons. Firstly, thank you to Jessica and The Hook Nook for this wonderful opportunity and fantastic Maker Series – what an honor to be featured alongside such talented makers! I discovered The Hook Nook purely by accident, on Instagram, and I love how Jessica and this community aren't afraid to be themselves and celebrate their uniqueness - a huge encouragement for this little hermit crab to come out of her shell.
I’ve always been a lover of crafting and making and was so blessed to grow up in a home where there was always a new project on the go. I learned to crochet when I was about nine years old, but I didn’t pick up my hooks again until 3 years ago just before my son was born and what I wild ride it’s been since then! You can check out what I’ve been up to on Instagram or Facebook, or visit my blog to find out more about my crochet journey.
The inspiration for my designs is often drawn from the colors and shapes found in nature. I love celebrating God’s creation! So, today, I’m sharing a delightful pattern for a flowery, summer bracelet. I wanted this wearable to be whimsical and cheerful and I hope you have as much fun making it as I did designing it.
- D/3.25mm Crochet hook
- Double Knit crochet cotton (I used Vinni’s colors, Nikkim, but any crochet cotton will do) in the following colors:
- Cream (Vinni’s colors - Nikkim, Natural)
- White (Vinni’s colors – Nikkim, White)
- Yellow (Vinni’s colors – Nikkim, Sunshine)
- Light blue (Vinni’s colors – Nikkim, Baby Blue)
- Light purple (Vinni’s colors – Nikkim, Pale Lilac)
- Light green (Vinni’s colors – Nikkim, Avacado)
- Dark green (Vinni’s colors – Nikkim, Fern)
- Cream sewing thread
- Sewing needle
- Yarn needle
- Small wooden button
US crochet terms
ch – chain stitch
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
st(s) – stitch(s)
sl st – slip stitch
[…] – repeat this series of sts
(…) – number of sts in the row or round
This bracelet is worked as a base piece with a spray of flowers and leaves stitched onto the base.
Any double knit/light worsted yarn will work for this pattern, just remember you may need to adjust your starting chain for the base to account for your unique gauge and wrist circumference.
Bracelet base (cream):
Row 1: ch 30 st (you can make this slightly longer or shorter to fit your wrist. The foundation chain should only just fit around your wrist) and working into the back bumps only, sc into the 2nd ch from hook and sc across (29)
Row 2: ch 1, turn and sc across (29)
Row 3 – 7: ch 1, turn and sc across (29)
Do not bind off just yet!
Add the loop
Step 1: At the end of the 7th row, ch 1 and rotate your work 90° so that the short edge of the bracelet is at the top. You are now going to work along this edge.
Step 2: sl st into the next 4 sts. Your working yarn should now be at the centre of the short edge
Step 3: ch 6 and sl st back into the st at the base of the ch to form a loop
Step 4: Before you end off, check that your bracelet fits nicely. You may need to shorten the loop slightly or adjust where you will add the button. Remember that some yarns may stretch a bit as you wear them, so best that the fit is snug.
Step 5: Stitch the button in place at the opposite end.
Step 6: Fasten off and weave in ends.
Leaf (make 8, 4 in light green and 4 in dark green)
Step 1: ch 4, hdc into 2nd ch from hook, dc into the next st, sl st into the last st.
Step 2: Fasten off and weave in ends
Daisy (make 3)
Step 1, Petals (white): Into a magic ring, [ch 5, sl st] repeat 5 times to make 5 petals. Pull the ring tightly closed, fasten off and weave in ends
Step 2, Centre (yellow): Using yellow yarn, ch 2, sl st into 2nd ch to close the ring. Fasten off but don’t weave in the ends (you need them for the next step!)
Step 3: Assembling the daisy: Thread the yellow yarn tails through your yarn needle. Insert your needle through the centre of the petal base and pull the tails through so that the yellow middle sits nicely in the centre of the petals. Secure in place with sewing thread.
Mini flowers (make 6, 3 blue and 3 purple)
Step 1: Into a magic ring, sc 3.
Step 2: Pull the ring tightly closed and sl st into the 1st sc to close the ring. Weave in ends.
Step 3: Add a centre to the flowers by tying a knot in the centre of a piece of yellow yarn. Thread both yarn tails through your yarn needle, pull the yarn through the centre of the magic ring you created in step 1 and pull the tails through so that the little yellow knot forms the centre of the mini flower.
Step 4: Tie two knots in the yellow yarn, at the back of the flower, before snipping off the ends
Assemble your bracelet
Carefully arrange the flowers and leaves on the bracelet base and stitch in place with sewing thread. Start by stitching on the daisies. It is best to attach the daisy at the centre, leaving the petals free. Once the daisies are sewn in place, you can add the leaves and tuck them underneath the daisy petals. Finally, fill in the gaps with your mini flowers.
It gives me such warm fuzzies when I see your finished projects, so I’d love to see your bracelets and the personal touches you give them (tag @thoresbycottage on Instagram, drop me an email via the blog, send a picture via snail mail, whatever method tickles your fancy!). Thank you to Jessica and The Hook Nook for this amazing opportunity to share this pattern with you all!
Yours in craft,