maRRose Giveaway

maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsA  new little “maRRose Giveaway” is long overdue – it’s just that I could not decide whát to give away. That is until I started making friendship bracelets!
So as a token of appreciation for all your friendship – that makes me really happy –  I’m giving away 15 bracelets: 5 here on the blog, 5 on my facebook page and 5 via my instagram account.
maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsAll you have to do is leave a comment (for instance to let me know what bracelet – color/style – you’d really like to win).
To increase your chances of winning, you can leave a comment on all three web-outlets (blog, fb and ig), and of course I would not mind your sharing/liking/following your bracelet-heart out ….!
maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsI will ship anywhere in the world; the giveaway closes Sunday August 24th, 2014, 22:00 hrs (GMT+1), after which I will pick the 15 winners.
They will be announced here, on fb and ig.
maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsGood luck everyone!
Love,
Marianne

Friendship Bracelets

maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsOver the last couple of months I’ve seen people make some very pretty bracelets (for instance here, here/here or here, here and here). While working on my Homely Blanket and the Bétaille Throw, I could do with a fun little side project and tried my hand at making some pretty bracelets too.
maRRose - CCC: friendship bracelets

maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsmaRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsVia the beautiful Instagram-feed of Kikalite, I found a great tutorial done by ChiWei from the One Dog Woof-blog (link here), but I quickly came to the conclusion that working with thread was too fiddly for me. Thus I switched to my trusted Katia-cotton and adapted the “One Dog Woof”-tutorial, so it would work for the 3,5 mm hook (and me…)!
maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsJust in case you’re not the fiddly-crochet kind of person either, here’s how I made my cotton wrist bands:

Things you’ll need:
* any kind of yarn (great scrap project/stash buster) + crochet hook (size as suggested on yarn-label). I used “Katia Capri”, a 100% mercerized cotton, hooksize 3,5 (US: E/4, UK/Canada: 9)
* beads (I used 11 per bracelet)
* darning needle, pair of siccors
maRRose - CCC: friendship bracelets

Thread the beads onto your yarn, push them toward the skein of yarn;
Chain 50 + 1 (= turning chain), turn;
Double crochet (US: sc) 25 + 1 turning chain, turn your work;
maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsDouble crochet 2, * slide 1st bead close to where you are going to make the next db, thus crocheting the bead “onto” your bracelet;
Double crochet 1, repeat from * 10 times;
maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsEnd with a db in the last two stitches, 1 chain (turning chain), turn your work and db the 25 stitches of the beaded part of your bracelet, slipstitch in the last chain, fasten off, leaving a long tail;
maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsAttach yarn on the other side of the bracelet, chain 25, fasten off, leaving a long tail
Make 2 or 3 knots at both end sides of the bracelets, as close to the chains as possible;
sew in other end(s) (back stitching, making sure they’re secured tightly).
Ta-dah! Your friendship bracelet is done!
maRRose - CCC: friendship bracelets

maRRose - CCC: friendship bracelets

maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsEven the very simple ones look really cute, I think …..
maRRose - CCC: friendship braceletsLet friendship rule!
Love,
Marianne