Sunday, July 7, 2013

Infinity Puzzle Bracelet

Infinity Puzzle Bracelet

 A great rainy day project.
Kids can have fun linking the colors together.
Did you save gum wrappers to fold and piece together in grammar school?
Back in the 60’s, it was quite a fad.
I remember trying to collect enough wrappers to make a necklace.
Some kids made mammoth chains that would break the Guinness Book of World Records.
Well, this pattern can be pieced together, and can be as long as you want.
And you don’t have to chew excessive amounts of gum to make one.
You could make a bracelet, a necklace or garland.
It is very easy, and it’s great for using up scrap yarn.
And when the links are made, the FUN begins.


Worsted Weight Yarn ~ 60” (153cm) for one link
                                   ~ 20 yards for one bracelet
                           (I used Sugar n Cream Cotton)
4.5mm (G) hook
Scissor or Snips
Yarn needle

Velcro (cut to fit the width of the Connector Link ~1/4” or ~0.6cm)

Or you could use a snap (I used no snag velcro)

Sewing needle and thread

Gauge:  Not essential to construction

Size:  One Open Link = ~ 2" (~5cm) in length

~ = Approximately
Ch(s) = Chain(s)
FO = Fasten Off
Sc = Single Crochet
Ss = Slip Stitch
St(s) = Stitch(es)
US Terminology
Make as many links, in as many colors as you want.
A bracelet that fits my hand takes 10 or 11 Links and 1 Connecting Link. 
A necklace that fits nicely over the head will require about 35 Links.
Garland can be made as long as you want.

And you might want to experiment with other types of yarn

or even crochet thread and a smaller hook.

One Link:
Ch 11, Ss in the 2nd ch made (it will be the 10th ch from the hook).   [Photo 1]
Then Ss in the 1st ch (which will be last ch, the 11th ch from the hook).  [Photo 2]
            Ch 9, Working on the other side of the beg two chs,   [Photo 3]
Ss in the 1st ch again and then in the 2nd ch.  [Photo 4]
            It should now look like an infinity symbol or the number “8” on its side.
            Ss in the top loop of each ch and ss around. (9 chs, 2 ss, 9 chs, 2ss / Total = 22 ss) [Photo 5]

 [Photo 1]
 [Photo 2]
 [Photo 3]
 [Photo 4]
 [Photo 5]

 FO.  Of course you could weave in the ends, but if you plan to make a lot, it could be quite daunting. 
I suggest that you pull the end through the ch-hole directly below the final st to bring it to the back of the work.   [Photo 6]
Then tie the fastened-off and beginning ends together with 4 overhand knots. 

Be sure to pull the last 2 knots tight to secure.  [Photo 7]

Then snip the ends about 1/8 to 1/4”.  This will be on the inside and will not show.   [Photo 8]


Ch 16, in the Back Ridge-Bump Sc in the 2nd ch and across.

FO with ~ 5” (12 cm) to sew (to connect to the first Link). (15 sc)
Sew a velcro strip [Photo 9] on opposite sides of each end.

Place one Link wrong side (knotted side) up, and the connector-end (the side with the yarn ends and velcro facing up) next to it.  [Photo 10]

Weave the end of the Connector through the Link.  [Photo 11]

With a yarn needle and the 5” fastened-off end, sew the top 2 stitches to the back side to form a loop around the center of the first Link.  [Photo 12]

Then with wrong side up weave another Link through the two free-loops of the first Link.

Continue adding until you have enough for a bracelet or necklace or whatever.

Have Fun!
2013 P Perkins