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Superfast DIY Knit Bracelets

"Who doesn't love a handmade bracelet? This is a super-quick, super-easy and super-fun little project. You only need a small amount of yarn, so it is a great project for using up leftover scraps, and it will take you a very short time to finish. Wear one or layer them up! They are also the perfect gift to knit for all of your friends—tie them on presents as a package topper, give them for birthdays, or maybe even make matching sets for your teammates or classmates," writes Susan B. Anderson, author of the new book "Susan B. Anderson's Kids' Knitting Workshop"

Size: This stretchy bracelet will fit an 8-year-old to adult wrist

Gauge: 3½ stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Yarn: About 20 yards of Bulky weight
  • Needles: US size 10½ / 6.5 mm, 16-inch circular needles
  • Stitch marker
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Before you begin, you'll need to know how to:

  1. Cast on
  2. Join stitches to work in the round
  3. Knit stitch
  4. Bind off
  5. Weave in ends

Directions:

  1. Cast on 42 stitches. Make a butterfly with the end. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.
  2. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Knitting the Bracelet:

  1. Knit 3 rounds.
  2. Bind off very loosely. Make sure your stitches are loose when you are binding off, so the bracelet can stretch.
  3. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch end. Pull the end through the last stitch and gently tighten.

Finishing the Bracelet:

  1. Place the end on a yarn needle. Weave in the end by pulling it through 5 or 6 stitch bumps on the wrong side of the fabric.
  2. Unwind the butterfly. Place the end on a yarn needle and weave in as described above.
  3. Trim the ends to a ¼ inch.

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Excerpted from "Susan B. Anderson's Kids' Knitting Workshop" by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lauren Volo. Illustrations by Alison Kolesar.

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