I love old, tarnished pennies. If they are all battered and scratched up, stained with time then I want them. I like finding all the details and imperfections in them. I like them enough to break out the thread crochet and turn them into something wearable.
I know I’ve warned that thread crochet can be dangerous. It can make you go blind and drive you crazy. I still believe that with all my heart. But these are so quick and so easy that I only went a little bit crazy making them. I don’t think anyone noticed.
Penny Bracelet – a free crochet pattern with photo tutorial
What you will need
- Crochet cotton thread size 10
- A really small hook! I used a Steel size 5 (1.7 mm). I would recommend you use something that small or smaller. The tighter your sticthes are, the better the fit will be.
- A tapestry needle for weaving in ends
- jump rings and a clasp.
And a penny of course! I forgot to put that in the picture. Oops.
My gauge is approximately 11 sts per inch. These things are so small that its hard to figure your gauge accurately. Just keep in mind that cotton stretches quite a bit. Smaller is better.
The crochet part:
Start with a magic ring.
Round 1: work 6 sc in the ring. Join with a sl st to first sc. (6sc)
Round 2: ch 1 (counts as a st), sc in same place as join, work 2 sc in each remain st around. Join with a sl st to first sc. (12 sc)
Round 3: ch 1, sc in same place as join, sc in next, *work 2 sc in next st, sc in next* repeat until end. Join with a sl st to first sc. (18 sc)
Round 4: ch1, sc in same place as join, sc in next 2 sts, *work 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* repeat until end. Join with a sl st to first sc. (24 sc)
Round 5: ch1, sc in each remaining st around, Join with a sl st to first sc. (24 sc)
Break thread leaving a nice long tail.
It won’t matter much if you are off by a stitch or two. As long as your piece is mostly round- shaped and has a rolled up edge it will work just fine!
Securing the penny:
Turn over to the back side. Weave in the starting tail using a tapestry needle.
Place penny on this (the back) side.
Roll the edge up and over the sides of the penny.
Thread the long tail you left into a tapestry needle and, working clockwise, go down (towards the center of the penny) through the top of the first stitch.
Skip the next stitch. Go up (away from the penny) through the top of the next stitch.
Repeat until you have worked all around the edge, threading through every other stitch.
Then pull tight, as tight as you can. This is the part that will secure the coin and keep it from popping out!
Weave in that end. Then make more!
Once you have enough, connect them with jump rings and add a clasp.
I’ve been thinking that they would make nice pendants for necklaces too. And maybe buttons.
I was also thinking of of working out the crochet base/pattern for other coins. Quarters might be too heavy but I’m sure dimes would work. But I like pennies. I’ll stick with them. Maybe someone else will work out the stitching for other coins and post here.
If you are into free patterns (and who isn’t?!) I have more for both crocheters and knitters. Enjoy!
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9 Comments on "Penny Bracelet – a Free Crochet Pattern"
Can you imagine a bracelet made of steel pennies? How cool would that be!
That would be lovely!
Hmm… I don’t have any steel pennies.
You are so creative. Thank you for sharing… I have too much on my plate to create anything new. I also sew and am concentrating on my first quilt. Plus I have a half sewn dress to finish and want your advice on the higher quality yarns for the collars and cuffs. I am not really turned on by Red Heart – never really have – I do like cotton and exotics like silk and I also like creative yarns with different textures. So as you can tell I like the pretty kinds.
I will stay in touch.
You are very welcome!
And as for the yarn, there is a good use for every type of yarn out there I think. But if you stick with me , your stash will grow and grow and you’ll have more than you know what to do with!
Thank you for risking your eyesight and sanity to create such a cool pattern!
I have a collection of wheat pennies… This would be a neat way to actually do something with them… But first, I have to go Google “steel pennies”. I always get sidetracked when I come here, lol.
It was a small risk after all. lol
I hadn’t considered that this would be a good way to show off a coin collection until comments started coming in. I don’t have any collectible coins myself.
But maybe a coin bracelet would be a nice gift for a coin collector. Hmmm….
That’s very creative and it gave me an idea…a curtain with quarters ideal for when I run out of money before payday 🙂
That would be cool! Just a cascade of money and when you need a quarter for the soda/laundry machine, you just pop one out!