Mardi Gras Party Bangles Pattern
Inspired by Mobile, Alabama's historic Mardi Gras celebration. These easy felted bracelets are a party for your wrists. Includes Alabama travel tips and recipe for perfect Sweet Tea.
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Mention "Mardi Gras" and New Orleans immediately springs to mind. But America’s oldest celebration is in Mobile. More family-friendly than debauched spree, it’s a great chance to party with or without your kids, since unlike its Creole cousin, at Mobile’s Mardi Gras everyone stays clothed!
Mardi Gras beads, best worn in large numbers, are the inspiration for these fun felted bangles. A great stash-busting project, each bracelet uses about 25 yards of sport weight wool and however many size 6/0 glass beads you want. Inexpensive hard plastic bangles are used as a "resist" sewn into the simple, flat-knit piece. The whole thing is tossed into the washing machine and voilà— it’s Mardi Gras Madness. They’re fast and fabulous for gift knitting as well.
About this Project:
Skill Level: Easy
Finished Size: Will fit most wrists; after felting, bracelet inside circumference is about 8” (20cm) and width is approximately 3/4” (1.75cm)
Cascade Yarns 220 Wool Sport (100% wool, 163 yards/150m); approximately 25 yards (22.5m) for each bracelet; shown in Cerise #7802, Purple Hyacinth #7808, Orange Sherbet #7825, Goldenrod #7827, Cyan Blue #8891, and Primavera #8903
Size US 6 (4mm) needles
Glass 6/0 beads
Hard plastic bracelet in size and width desired (bracelet shown is 11” (28cm) outer circumference and approximately 1/2” (1.25cm) wide (includes instrutions for adapting this pattern to other bracelet sizes)