CALI BAND

copyright 2017 Deborah Roberti

Cali Band

For those who love all the new beads coming on the market, here’s a free pattern for the new Cali bead—Czech 3x8mm marquise-shaped beads with three holes! These beads remind me of watch band links and I love the way they look paired up in some easy stacker bands. You can, of course, stack the beads or the bands as high as you want. It’s a very easy, and sturdy, stitch pattern to master.

I got my Cali beads from Queen City Bead on Etsy:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/QueenCityBead!

Links to the exact beads used in the photo above at the end of the step instructions.

MATERIALS

(for a 7 to 7.25-inch bracelet, not including clasp)
• 3 yards of 6 lb. FireLine
• About 250 size 11/0 seed beads (11/0 Miyuki brand rocaille seed beads work best; Toho brand seed beads tend to be larger)
• About 34 size 3mm beads (3mm round or fire-polished beads work best)
• About 32 Cali beads
• clasp

Step 1: Thread your needle with about 3 yards of FireLine (or start with a length that you feel comfortable working with and add more later).

Leaving about a 6-inch tail that you can weave in and make disappear at any time, string a seed bead and go through the bottom holes of two Cali beads. String a seed bead, a 3mm bead, two seed beads and a 3mm bead.

Tie the beads together in a circle with a tight double knot:

Step 2: Go back up through the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 3: String two seed beads. Go across through the middle hole of the two Cali beads that you strung in the first step. (highlighted in RED):

Step 4: String two seed beads. Go down through the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 5: String a seed bead. Go through your clasp and then back up through the seed bead that you just strung. Continue up through the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 6: Go back up through the 3mm bead and the three seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 7: String two seed beads. Go across through the top hole of the two Cali beads that you strung in the first step (highlighted in RED):

Step 8: String two seed beads. Go down through the three seed beads, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 9: To reinforce your attachment to the clasp, go down through the seed bead highlighted in RED, around through your clasp and back up through the seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 10: Go back up through the 3mm bead and the five seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 11: String a seed bead, a 3mm bead and a seed bead.

Go through the bottom holes of two new Cali beads.

String a seed bead, a 3mm bead and a seed bead.

Go down through the five seed beads, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 12: To reinforce your attachment to the clasp once more, go down through the seed bead highlighted in RED, around through your clasp and back up through the seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 13: Go back up through the 3mm bead, the six seed beads, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 14: String two seed beads. Go across through the middle holes of the two Cali beads that you strung in Step 11 (highlighted in RED):

Step 15: String two seed beads. Go down through the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED.

Continue across through the top holes of the two Cali beads below (also highlighted in RED):

Step 16: Go back up through the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the three seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 17: String two seed beads. Go across through the top holes of the two Cali beads that you strung in Step 11 (highlighted in RED):

Step 18: String two seed beads. Go down through the three seed beads, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED.

Continue across through the top holes of the two Cali beads below and up through the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the five seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 19: String a seed bead, a 3mm bead and a seed bead.

Go through the bottom holes of two more Cali beads.

String a seed bead, a 3mm bead and a seed bead.

Go down and around through the five seed beads, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED.

Continue across through the top holes of the two Cali beads below and up through the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the five seed beads also highlighted in RED:

Step 20: Go back up through the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 21: String two seed beads. Go across through the middle holes of the two Cali beads that you strung earlier (highlighted in RED):

Step 22: String two seed beads. Go down through the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED.

Continue across through the top hole of the two Cali beads below and up through the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the three seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 23: String two seed beads. Go across through the top holes of the two Cali beads that you strung earlier (highlighted in RED):

Step 24: String two seed beads. Go down through the three seed beads, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED.

Continue across through the top holes of the two Cali beads below and up through the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the five seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 25: Repeat Step 19 to Step 24 until your bracelet is the length you want it, minus about a third-inch and the length of your clasp:

Step 26: To attach the other end of your clasp, string a seed bead, a 3mm bead, two seed beads, a 3mm bead and a seed bead.

Go around and down through the five seed beads, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED.

Continue across through the top holes of the two Cali beads below and up through the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the five seed beads highlighted in RED:

Step 27: Go back up through the seed bead, the 3mm bead and the seed bead highlighted in RED:

Step 28: String a seed bead. Go through your clasp and then back down through the seed bead that you just strung.

Continue down through the seed bead, the 3mm bead and seed bead highlighted in RED. Go back across through the top holes of the two Cali beads below:

Step 29: Go back around through the beads highlighted in RED and the clasp:

Use your extra tail thread to go back through the beads along the outer edges.
Knot in several places and then cut your thread.

 

Beads used in the photo above:

Blue/Green version
• About 250 size 11/0 seed beads: Czech/Miyuki #27000 Crystal Full Labrador (also referred to as Union Beads)
• About 34 size 3mm round beads: Baby Blue Luster
• About 32 Cali beads: 16 Chalk Lumi Blue and 16 Patina

Apricot version
• About 250 size 11/0 seed beads: Miyuki #423 Opaque Luster Pumpkin Orange
• About 34 size 3mm round beads: Saturated Metallic Flame
• About 32 Cali beads: Chalk Medium Apricot

Purple/Green version
• About 250 size 11/0 seed beads: Miyuki #4204 Duracoat Champagne Rocailles
• About 34 size 3mm round beads: Chalk White Lila Vega Luster
• About 32 Cali beads: 16 Chalk Lumi Purple and 16 Patina