Chapter 3 Chevron Chain

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 INTRODUCTION TO CHEVRON CHAIN

The Chevron Chain stitch can be used for bracelets, anklets, necklaces and chokers. The tension for this stitch should be moderately tight. Remember that getting the thread tension right is something that must be developed with time and practice. Tension is particularly critical with this stitch so it may take a few attempts before you find the right feel for it. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t come out right the first time.

Alternate names for this stitch include: Zig-zag stitch

Example

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 STEP 1

Pick up a light bead on the needle. Pull the bead down the thread, leaving six to eight inches of thread as a tail. Now pass the needle up through the bottom of the bead. Try not to split the thread as it will be removed later.

See Starting in Chapter One for detailed explanations of this process.

Step 1
Figure 3.1
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 STEP 2

Pick up six light beads (#2 through #7) and three dark beads (#8 through #10) with the needle.
Step 2
Figure 3.2
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 STEP 3

Pass the needle through the first four light beads (#1 through #4) a second time and pull the thread tight to form an angle.
Step 3
Figure 3.3
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 STEP 4

Pick up three dark beads (#11, #12 and #13), and three light beads (#14, #15 and #16) on the needle.
Step 4
Figure 3.4
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 STEP 5

Pass the needle through bead #7 and pull the thread tight.
Step 5
Figure 3.5
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 STEP 6

Pick up three more dark beads (#17, #18 and #19) and three more light beads (#20, #21 and #22) on the needle.
Step 6
Figure 3.6

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 STEP 7

Pass the needle through bead #14 and pull the thread tight.
Step 7
Figure 3.7
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 STEP 8

Pick up three more dark beads (#23, #24 and #25) and three more light beads (#26, #27 and #28) on the needle.
Step 8
Figure 3.8
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 STEP 9

Pass the needle through bead #20 and pull the thread tight.
Step 9
Figure 3.9
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 STEP 10

Pick up three more dark beads (#29, #30 and 31) and three more light beads (#32, #33 and #34) on the needle.
Step 10
Figure 3.10
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 STEP 11

Pass the needle through bead #26 and pull the thread tight.
Step 11
Figure 3.11
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 STEP 12

Pick up three more dark beads (#35, #36 and #37) and three more light beads (#38, #39 and #40) on the needle.
Step 12
Figure 3.12

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 STEP 13

Pass the needle through bead #32 and pull the thread tight.
Step 13
Figure 3.13
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 STEP 14

Pick up three more dark beads (#41, #42 and #43) and three more light beads (#44, #45 and #46) on the needle.
Step 14
Figure 3.14
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 STEP 15

Pass the needle through bead #38 and pull the thread tight.
Step 15
Figure 3.15
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 FINISH

You may continue in this manner until your chain reaches the desired length. Then cut the thread (if necessary) leaving six to eight inches. Work the tail back into the chain using the zig-zag method. Fringe may now be added to one of the outer edges (consisting of the dark beads). The techniques for adding various types of fringe are shown in Chapter Two.

When done, work the thread tail emerging from bead #1 back into the piece using the zig-zag method described in the Finishing section of Chapter One.

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