These bangle bracelets are perfect for the beach: waterproof, durable, and some glow in the dark!
Crochet some of these while you loll about in the pool or bath. You could even hand it to a fussy baby to play with (supervised, of course).
The star of this project is Jelly Yarn™, a vinyl filament that's specially designed for crochet and knitting. It comes in three weights (thicknesses): Super Fine (equivalent to size 10 crochet thread), Fine (sport weight), and Bulky (like worsted weight or light chunky weight yarn).
I've been a fan of this weird yarn for years. It has superpowers.
The weight and color shown here is Fine Honey Gold: clear and colorless Jelly Yarn™ that's permeated with gold glitter! In one of the photos you can spy one made with the silver-glitter color. There are several other colors available from bright blacklight-reactive colors to 3 pastel glow-in-the-dark colors. The solid black has a leather look.
You simply crochet around a cheap wire bangle. I find stacks of these skinny metal bangles in shopping mall shops such as in "Claire's". If you wish to add charms or beads like I did for some, string them onto the yarn before you begin.
You Will Need
Use yarn from the outside of the ball so that it's less crinkled. String on any beads, charms, or paillettes you'd like to include, if any. Approximately 48–50 crochet stitches will cover a standard wire bangle adequately, so consider this when you plan the beads or charms you'd like in what order, spaced evenly around. For example, for the heart-shaped charm bangle I used ten charms spaced apart evenly by four stitches; in other words, I slid up a charm and crocheted it into *every fifth stitch* for a total of 50 stitches.
For the Christmas drop crystals shown here, I used 15 crystals spaced spaced apart by 3 stitches for a total of 45 stitches. I used a slightly larger crochet hook.
Or, find a fancy sequined carry-along thread to crochet along with your yarn. (I suggest skipping this step for your first one.)
If this is your first Jelly Bangle and you're not adding any beads or charms, just single crochet (UK: double crochet) around the metal bangle 48 to 50 times. Add a small amount of hand lotion to your crochet hook as needed. Go to Step 5.
Variation I: If including a fancy crochet-along thread, be sure to capture a strand of each yarn with your hook as you complete each stitch. You can use a slightly larger crochet hook, and complete this round with slightly fewer stitches if desired. Go to Step 5.
Variation II: If adding beads/charms, *slide up one close to your hook as you complete the next stitch. Crochet the next few stitches (as determined in Step 1), and then repeat from *. Pictured here are some giant drop crystals! Go to Step 5.
Variation III: Why not use crochet popcorns in place of beads? Here's how I did mine: Complete Step 3 with a total of 50 stitches. Then:
Chain 1, single crochet (UK: double crochet) in each of next 2 stitches, popcorn in next stitch [yarn over, pull up loop in designated stitch, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook] 4 times, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook, *single crochet (UK: double crochet) in next 4 stitches, popcorn in next, repeat from * around, end with single crochet in last 2 stitches. Go to Step 5.
Finish by slip stitching in the first stitch of the round, then fasten off and weave in ends. Rinse off hand lotion with soap and water. Make one in every color!
You can make several Jelly Bangles with one ball of this unique yarn. It might be difficult to find. I have *all* colors and weights of it in my shop. Here is its info page: