Superduo Bracelet or Bangle
This pattern shows you step-by-step how to make a bangle or bracelet using Superduo beads, edged with Miyuki drops. The project is very simple so makes a great introduction to working with Superduo beads. If you do not have any Miyuki drops in your stash, you can substitute them with ordinary seed beads – size 11 are probably best as you do not want to force the Superduo bracelet edges to ruffle up…unless you would like a different variation!
If you are new to working with two-holed beads, you can find them strange to use. This Superduo bracelet will really help you get to understand how the hole structure works and how to cover up thread paths if you wish to. The pattern includes instructions for making the bangle, but I know a lot of people are not comfortable with a bangle, so I have added an extra couple of pages to show you how to add a clasp and create a Superduo bracelet that way. For a bracelet I recommend using either a magnetic clasp or toggle clasp, but if you choose the toggle clasp, you may need to add a few extra beads to the end of the Superduo bracelet section to allow the toggle to manoeuvre through the eye of the clasp. You can find more information about choosing and attaching clasps here.
To make this Superduo bracelet, you will be working in Peyote stitch, so again, if you are new to working with two-holed beads, this is an excellent place to start. This pattern is very simple, so you do not need to be very familiar with basic Peyote stitch in advance of trying this. My top tip here though is to check your Superduo beads as you use them – make sure that both holes are open before you add each bead. You will be working first through one hole and will not come to use the second hole until a couple of rows further on, so if you then find the hole is blocked, you will be undoing a lot of work to sort this out! If you enjoy this, I have another beginner’s pattern for learning how to work in herringbone with Superduos here.