Crochet Medallion – Bracelet

Crochet Medallion – Bracelet
by Ann Reillet

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A medallion, from 17th century French Médailon (meh-day-yawn), is an oval or circular shape used to decorate a building or textiles. They’re made of a variety of mediums; fabrics, ceramics, metals and often worn as pendants.

This crochet medallion is a sort of hodgepodge. It’s comprised of three circles of graduating size. These are layered and sewn together to form one highly textured and sturdy piece. It’s described below in free-form/patternish style; feel free to make changes; it’s perfect for practicing new sts or patterns. You could use doily centers from various patterns in your existing collection. I ended with three, but you could keep going or carry out the third motif to form a mandela, sachet, pillow, jewelry, or anything that inspires you. For instance, I noticed at the end of joining the top and middle, the medallion could serve as a detachable button cover. Ultimately, the idea is to have fun while learning at the same time. Cheers! – Ann

Finished size = 2″ in. diameter
Sample worked in US #20 ecru thread, US #10 hook, scissors, needles, sewing thread

Top:
ch 5, join with sl st in 1st ch to form ring
ch 1, 8 sc in ring, join with sl st in 1st sc
ch 3-dc in same joining st, 2 dc in each remaining sc around, join with sl st in top of beg. ch3
ch 3-4 dc in same joining st and popcorn, *ch 1, 5dc-popcorn in next st, *repeat around, join
ch 1-sc in same joining st, *ch 5, sc in next popcorn, *repeat around, join with sl st to 1st ch 1 sp
ch 3-dc in same joining st, pick up the ch5 loop and dc once more in same st, *2 dc in next ch1 sp, pick up ch5 loop and dc once more in same st, *repeat around, end/break thread. Weave in tail.
Middle:
ch 20, join with sl st in 1st ch to form ring
ch 2, work 40 dc in ring, join with sl st to front thread 1st sc
sc in each front single thread piece, repeat around, join to back thread
working in the back thread only, ch 1-sc in same joining st, ch 5, sk 2, sc, *repeat around, join with sl st
sl st in 1st skipped st, ch 3-dc in same, 2 dc in next, continue making 2dc in each skipped st around, join with sl st to 1st dc.
ch 1, sc in same joining st, sc in next, sc in ch 5, *sc in next 2 sts, sc in ch 5, *repeat around, join
sc crab stitch around perimeter, end/break thread. Weave in tail.
Back:
ch 4, 2dc-tog in 4th ch from hook, *ch 2, 3dc-tog in same, *repeat around 7 times, join with sl st
in each ch2 sp: sc-ch3-sc, ch 1 between, join with sl st
in each ch3 sp: sc-sc-ch3-sc-sc, ch 5 between, join with sl st
in each ch5 sp: 6 dc and in each ch3 sp: 3 dc
beg with ch 3, 4 dc in same, popcorn, ch 1, dc in next, ch 1, *5 dc-popcorn in next, ch 1, dc in next, ch 1, *repeat around, end/break thread. Weave in tail.
Assemble:
Layer circles and sew together with sewing thread in similar color. Tie off, weave in and snip.
Bracelet Strap:
The bracelet strap is about 3/4″ in width and comprised of 12 sc for 6 rows followed by one row of dc.  [ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining chain, *ch 1, turn, sc 12 times across row, *repeat for 6 total rows, ch 3, turn, dc in each sc, *repeat again for desired length.] Add a small half flower on one end to cover the clasp. Sew clasp and medallion to band.

Oval Medallion:
Made of just two pieces, where a second identical center is added to the top.  Making two (2) ovals and placing a three (3) tier circle medallion between, measures 7″ in length; couple with a velvet ribbon strip and metal clamp fastener and you have a gorgeous Georgian Bracelet.

Oval Medallion

 To make the oval medallion, see Natalia Kotelnikova’s YouTube Channel; she has a couple tutorials on making long strands of the center circles. It’s a little complicated to write out, basically you start with a ch 4, 4 dc-tog in 4th chain from hook, that gives you five (5) total dc. Visually separate the two on each end, leaving one dc in the center and sc around the two on the end, working down to that beginning 1st ch. I think I did 6 sc over the two dc, two sc in bottom and 6 more over the two dc on opposite side, join with sl st, and repeat twice. When repeating, the remaining padded circles, you can’t sc in bottom because the preceding circle is below it, so you ch 2 and cross under the previous join and commence with the 6 sc over the two strands of dc on opposite side. You can keep going in this manner for as long as desired. I worked just three, then evened out the perimeter to create a more oval shape using sc near the outer edge of the circle, hdc on either side of the side of the sc and dc at the further most area between circles. This provides a fairly even oval shape, then turn and seed stitch (sc/tc), turn again and work the *ch 5, sk 1, sc *around, followed by 3 dc in each skipped sp, then sc in each dc; picking up the ch5 at the center or 2nd of 3 dcs that were done in the skipped sp and end with popcorn around perimeter, these were worked with the ch1 at end of 5-dc-popcorn and 1 dc between popcorns. Then I made a second identical center up to the seed st and sewed that over the top for added texture.

Here’s a variation of the circle medallion.

Small Circle:
ch 5, join with sl st in 1st ch to form ring
ch 1, 8 sc in ring, join with sl st in 1st sc
ch 2-hdc in same joining st, 2 hdc in each remaining sc around, join with sl st in top of beg. ch2 (=16 hdc)
ch 3-4 dc in same joining st and popcorn, *ch 1, 5dc-popcorn in next st, *repeat around, join to 1st popcorn (=16 popcorns)
ch 1-sc in same joining st, *ch 5, sc in next popcorn, *repeat around, join with sl st to 1st ch 1 sp
ch 3-dc in same joining st twice, 3-dc in next ch1 sp, repeat around, join with sl st to top of beg-ch-3.
ch 1, sc in same joining sp, *pick up the ch5 loop and sc in 2nd dc, sc in next two dc, *repeat around, join with sl st to top of beg-ch-3.
ch 1, sc in same joining sp, *ch1, sc in next, *repeat around. End. Break Thread.
Large Circle:  In this variation, any open work center can be used and made to roughly the same size as the smaller circle, then add a round of popcorn and sew over, under or back-to-back, whichever you prefer.

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