meShell Bracelet – Free Knitting Pattern

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Phew! I am so glad this week is almost over because it has been a crazy one. I finished up my first commissioned pattern for Northcoast Knittery, a local yarn shop, and I got this site up and running smoothly. Okay, maybe ‘I’ is a stretch… My husband was really the mastermind behind the website creation. All the craziness resulted in more than a few 3am nights. I have the end of the semester in my sights though so things are looking up.

Anyway, on to the pattern! This week I decided to throw together a quick little stocking stuffer, partially because of the hectic week and partially because I am always in need of last minute gift ideas. Inspiration was a little slow to strike this week but when I came across some old ribbon yarn in my stash I knew what I wanted to make… bracelets! I have always loved ribbons yarns . I pick up them whenever I see them and then I am at a loss when it comes to actually making something with them. The meShell Bracelet is solid and fun stash buster for those of you with the same ribbon yarn compulsion that haunts me. I used simple toggle clasps for the closures that were knitted right into the ends of the bracelet so they are sure to take put. This pattern is so versatile. You can play with the stitch pattern on the strands, the number of strands, and the tension with which you braid them to create *so* many different bracelets. I decided to name this pattern for my mom, Michelle, who I am always teasing for her obsession with giant bracelets. :)

meShell Bracelet

Yarn: Ribbon yarn – or any other yarn that you could like to wear on your wrists. :D
Gauge: I didn’t even calculate it because it doesn’t matter for this one.
Needles: Size 7 dpns (or the recommended size for your yarn choice)
Other Materials: Scrap of craft wire, Toggle Clasps for the bracelet closure

Attaching Closures: fold piece of craft wire into a skinny ‘U’ shape and slip it under the next st. Pull the st off of the needle, the stitch will not be sitting in the bottom curve of the scrap wire. Slip the clasp over the top ends of the ‘U’ shape and pull it down over the live st. Put the stitch back onto the left needle. <there are picture of this process posted above>

Cast On 3 Sts

Row 1: k1, place the clasp on the next stitch and return it to the left needle, k clasp st, k1
Row 2: kfb, k1, kfb (5 sts)
Row 3: k1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1 (7 sts)
Row 4: K1, kfb, k3, kfb, k1 (9 sts) <skips rows 5 & 6  if you want a bracelet with 3 strands>
Row 5: k1, kfb, k2, kfb, k2, kfb, k1 (12 sts)
Row 6: k1, kfb, k4, kfb, k3, kfb, k1 (15 sts) <this will create a 5-stranded bracelet, like the brown one pictures>

Next you break up the stitches into strands (3 sts per strand) and work them separately. You can accomplish this by placing all but the first 3 sts of the row on a stitch holder (pictured above).

<option: work strands as an icord or work them back and forth. The b&f option is written below.>
Row 1: k3 sts
Row 2: p3 sts
Repeat these 2 rows until the strand is about an inch longer than finished bracelet length (you will lose length when you braid the strands, the tighter you plan to braid the longer the strands will need to be).

One the strand is the desire length move it to a stitch holder, or scrap yarn, and cut the yarn. You do not have to cut the yarn on the last strand worked.

Slide the next 3 sts off the cast on edge stitch holder and onto a needle, attach the yarn and work as discussed above.
Continue working in this way until all the strands are the desired length.

Next comes the fun part – Braiding! For the purposes of this pattern I am going to assume you know how to braid. If you don’t, then google is your friend. ;)

Put each group of 3 sts on it’s own scrap yarn, needle holder or needle and start braiding.
When you reach the end of your strands, move all live sts to one dpn.

Reattach yarn, or use the yarn you left attached to the last strand, and k across all sts.


Row 1: k1, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1 (12 sts)
Row 2: k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1 (9 sts)
Row 3: k1, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1 (7 sts)
Row 4: k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1 (5 sts)
Row 5: k2tog, place the clasp on the next stitch and return it to the left needle, k clasp st, k2tog (3 sts)

Bind off and weave in ends!

You may use this pattern to create items for your own personal use but may not create items for sale
nor shall you include said pattern in a kit for sale, without the designer’s permission. Thank you!

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  1. Susan says:

    I love this bracelet idea!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Want to try doing some Celtic knot designs.

  2. gretchen says:

    LOVE this one! especially in the bright mixed colors…and looks like something I could wear without the kids breaking it. …very clever!

  3. Laura says:

    I’m going to make this as a stocking stuffer for myself and my girls! ella saw it on my computer and asked me if I could make her one before she even knew it was a bracelet! :)

  4. Jamye says:

    I love ribbon yarn too! And there seems to be quite a bit in my stash! ha ha Thank you for the pattern. I really like it!