This two-needle ladder stitch bracelet is a great project for beginners. Once you master the technique, try mixing it up with different bead colors and sizes.
1. Gather Your Materials
The following beads are enough to make one bracelet that is approximately seven inches long.
- About 0.6 grams of size 15/0 Miyuki round seed beads in opaque mauve; DB-0728 (A)
- About 0.6 grams of size 11/0 Miyuki round seed beads in sparkling metallic gold-lined crystal; 11-0234 (B)
- About 42 4mm Czech fire-polished glass beads in Milky Pink and Dark Teal HurriCane (C)
- Two size 10 beading needles
- Size D beading thread
- Beading scissors
- One jump ring and one figure-eight connector (or two jump rings)
- One lobster clasp
- Optional supplies of your choice, such as a beading mat, thread burner, and bead dishes
2. Make the First Beaded Loop
Begin by making the first end loop. Using one needle, pick up 8A and slide them to the center of the thread. Pass back through the first A that you picked up, and pull the thread taut.
At this point, check to see whether the loop you just created is perfectly centered on the thread. If not, position it there now with your fingers.
3. Pick Up the First Sets of Side Beads
Pick up a set of 2A, 1B, and 2A with each needle. We'll call these "side beads" because they form the two sides (or edges) of the beaded ladder.
4. Slide Down the Side Beads
Slide the side beads down against the beaded loop.
5. Stitch the First Rung Bead
Use one of the needles to pick up 1C, which is the first "rung" in the ladder. (You could have done this during Step 3, but this approach can help you better visualize the pattern.)
Slide the first rung bead down (at least past the thread tail), and then use the other needle to pass through the rung bead in the opposite direction.
Pull both both threads taut at the same time to lock the bead into position.
6. Stitch Another Set of Side Beads and One Rung Bead
Now we'll speed things up a little by picking up the side beads and the next rung bead in one step.
Use one needle to pick up 1A, 1B, and 1A (side beads). Use the other needle to pick up 1A, 1B, 1A, 1C (side beads plus one rung bead). Slide all of the beads down.
Tip: If this stitch is starting to look familiar, it may be because it's essentially the same as the first row of two-needle right-angle weave. In fact, if you'd like to experiment, you can extend this band into a multiple-row pattern by using two-needle right-angle weave.
7. Pass Back Through the Second Rung Bead
Using the opposite needle that you used to pick up the second rung bead, pass back through the rung bead. (That is, pass through it in the opposite direction that you used to pick it up.)
Pull both threads taut at the same time to lock the second rung bead into position.
8. Continue Adding Side and Rung Beads
Repeat Steps 5, 6, and 7 to add more sides and rungs until you reach your desired total bracelet length, less about a half inch and the length of your clasp.
9. Make Tension Knots
Pull the threads taut, and use each thread to tie a half-hitch knot around the existing thread on either side of the final ring bead. Pull both threads taut again (in opposite directions, out to the sides) after making the knots. This helps to hold the tension in the rest of the band while you complete the beadwork.