Knitted/Crocheted Bangles

unikatissima Knitted Bangle
Recently I wanted to make some knitted napkin rings as a gift and looked for a way to 1. keep their shape and 2. make them washable.
And I really found a solution which is also great for making bangles ;-)): use a core of recycled plastic bottle and a knitted or crocheted all over cover.


That’s what you do:
unikatissima Knitted Bangle Cut rings in the desired width from a plastic bottle.
I cut here two rings because the circumference of the bottle was too small for a bangle for me.


unikatissima Knitted Bangle Where the rings are to be joined you need an overlap of about 2 cm.
I pricked 3 holes with a pointy needle and threaded the yarn I used later for knitting through them to fix both sides. The big advantage is that you don’t see anything of this later.


unikatissima Knitted Bangle Then knit the ‘cover’. I worked with quite thick acrylic yarn and began with a stocking stitch part for the inside whereas outside I used a moss stitch pattern.
Depending on the used yarn the inside diameter can get a good deal narrower, in this case make the plastic rings a little bit larger.
When the cover is finished sew the sides together.


unikatissima Knitted Bangle That’s how the finished bangle looks.
Originally I wanted to have the seam at the inside of the bangle but I ‘produced’ always a thick bulged seam. Therefore I knitted the ‘folding line’ between both patterns with purls and sew at the rim (which is much easier, too ;-)).
The bulged seam looks similar to the purled row and now I like it.


unikatissima Knitted Bangle The plastic ring core has more advantages (besides the fact that it is cost-saving): the bangle keeps its shape but is flexible so that it doesn’t interfere with writing (usually I don’t wear bangles for just this reason).


unikatissima Knitted Bangle What is more I can wash it: That’s how my bangle looks after I machine-washed it at 30°C together with dark(!) cloths.
No problem there ;-)
But this depends strongly from the used yarn.


I used thick acrylic yarn here and find that it looks like a winter bangle, but it can surely be crocheted as well with fine cotton thread or knitted in stocking stitch with variegated sock yarns or simply be wrapped with fun yarns, possibly even be wrapped with a sewn fabric cover…
If you try something like this I would appreciate if you’d link it in the comments!
Have much fun.
plastic bottle bracelet

23 thoughts on “Knitted/Crocheted Bangles”

  1. Because the linking to her photo didn’t work, margarete sent me a photo of her knitted bangle: looks great, doesn’t it?
    margarete Armreif

  2. This is such a cute idea! And I’ve been looking for a really simple yet elegant napkin ring design for a wedding, and this is just wonderful! =) Thanks for sharing.

  3. For a wedding!
    Such a wonderful idea, too!
    I’d love to see the napkin rings when made :))

  4. Greaaaaat idea! I just sent two knitted bracelets for a swap–one was on an old bangle, and the other on the cardboard core from mailing tape. A flexible bracelet will be great!! It looks like a one liter bottle will be fine for my small wrist.

  5. minniemack, I’m so glad that you like it :))

    Try the one-liter-bottle; if it is too wide, cut it open and join both sides just as I did, it’s no problem at all.

    Have much fun!

  6. What a great idea! I was just looking for an idea for a birthday gift for a soon-to-be seven-year=pld, and the idea of making some pretty or funky bracelets sounds great! Thanks for sharing this pattern.

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