Friday, July 9, 2010

Beaded Ponytailers

My dear friend Holly taught me to make these, oh so many years ago. Since I have 5 daughters, and they all had long hair for most of their lives, I made countless numbers of these. I made them for my girls, my nieces, my friend's daughters (remember getting these as a gift, Amanda?) my daughter's friends... I even sold a few. These are very easy to make with basic crocheting skills, and take less than an hour from start to finish.

You will need:

Cotton crochet thread (size 10) in the color of your choice
30-40 beads, pearls or stone chips to match or contrast your thread
Ponytail elastic (I recommend Goody brand)
#1 steel crochet hook

Note: the pattern below uses 30 beads. If you are using more or less than 30, you will need to adjust your number of stitches accordingly.

To begin, string your beads onto the thread, using a needle if necessary. (My younger daughters always liked to do this part for me).

Then, single crochet (SC) around your elastic, making sure you cover up the loose end of your thread. It doesn't matter how many or how few stitches you use... cover it as much as you like.

Once it's covered, tie off the end.

This is the hardest part. I like to do several at a time, and save the rest of the job for a time when I don't want to have to pay a lot of attention... like in the car or while I'm watching TV.

Next, pick up the end of the thread and ch 3, then work 2 double crochet (DC) in next 7 stitches, for a total of 15 stitches in the first row.


Turn and ch 3. Then DC in same stitch. Work 2 DC in each of the  first row of stitches. (30 st total)

Turn. *Chain 3 and pull up a bead, chain 3 more, making sure you catch the bead. SC in base of chain. SC in next stitch, then repeat from * until all your beads are used. Tie off and work in loose ends.

It's easy and fun to be creative with these. I've used pearl beads in different sizes, acrylic beads in assorted shapes, jade chips,

garnet chips,

amber chips,

or whatever you like. Use same color thread and beads, or contrasting beads, or a variety of colors with a contrasting thread.


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  1. Wow, those are amazing! I don't know if I would have the patience to crochet something so tiny. I am visiting from New Friend Friday.

  2. Thanks for bringing up memories. Amber regarding "Could I make that?" in your daughter-in-law and I were at a craft show and a lady had a nicely lettered sign on her table that said "Yes, you CAN make it at home, but WILL you?"

  3. Oh my gosh these are beautiful! I'm bookmarking this for gift ideas. I have a lot of colors of crochet cotton around, and lots of beads. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday!

  4. These are very pretty! What a great idea.

  5. They are fun and dressy. Very cool!

  6. Very intricate and so girly!

  7. These ponytaileres are so lovely. And I also like the snake tie; it's so awesome and creative.
    I just found your blog and I really like it. So many great ideas! I'm starting a meme called Handmade Monday; your wonderful craft posts are always welcomed.
    Have great week!

  8. Oh those are so sweet. I wish I knew how to crochet. I think it's time to learn.

  9. Gotta make some of these!
    Loved your idea!

  10. I love crochet and beads and while I don't have much hair my girls do! LOVE it. Thanks for linking to my party!

  11. I'm featuring this on my blog today! Come on by and grab a button!


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