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Carrie from ThisMamaMakesStuff writes……….
Hello everyone! I’m Carrie from ThisMamaMakesStuff.com, a blog about living a creative and active family life. While I’m thrilled to be part of Craft Camp again this summer, I’m bummed that our summer hasn’t even begun yet!
A Child’s First Crochet Project
As an avid refashionista, I’m always looking for more ways to reuse a basic t-shirt and as a long time crocheter with an 8 year old daughter who’s just learning the skill, I came up with this crocheted t-shirt bracelet made from a simple chain stitch and pony beads. Even if you don’t crochet, this is a summer project you and your child can learn to do together.
Materials needed for beaded t-shirt bracelet:
Men’s Large T-shirt without side seams.
Scissors or Rotary Cutter (a rotary cutter is much easier)
Large Crochet Hook (we used size N – you can find these at your local craft store for about $1.50)
Pony Beads – we used UV color changing beads which are totally awesome
Check out the video to get a better idea of how my eight year old does it, remembering that there is “proper form” to crocheting, but when you teach kids, the proper way to hold a hook and work the “yarn” oftentimes feels awkward and frustrating to little hands. Show them the stitch they are trying to learn and then let them do it in a way that works for them.
When you’ve crocheted each of the beads, it’s time to “finish off.” Use the hook to pull all the excess “knit noodle” through the last chain stitch until the end pops out and stitches are secure. (video help HERE – it sounds more complicated than it is)
Even though we used white shirts and color changing beads, colored shirts and colored pony beads are fun too. Make sure to slide beads onto the knit noodle in the same pattern you want to see in the finished bracelet.
Using a T-shirt without side seams is crucial since the pony beads will not slide over the bulk of a side seam. But don’t worry! They are really easy to find in many different colors at the thrift store. You probably even have a bunch of them in your own house.
You might want to let your new crocheter practice the chain stitch without using the beads at first.
Need more help learning to crochet a chain stitch? Check out this helpful series.
If crocheting it too frustrating for your and/or your child, you can use the same idea but braid a bracelet with beads instead.
Younger children who might not be able to crochet, can help stretch the knit noodles and string the beads, leaving the crocheting step to mom (or dad!).