I used one large bead and 22 small beads. The wool was inherited; a 3mm size crochet hook seemed to work fine.
The bracelet is crocheted all in one piece starting from the loop end. Thread the large bead on the wool first, then the smaller ones.
When you get to row 10 of the pattern add the beads by sliding them up the wool and chaining as usual around them. I just added 2 beads at random per strand (each chain 20 is one strand).
If you want a longer bracelet just add extra chains to the strands, or add a few extra rows of 3sc before row 19 to get a perfect fit.
Chain 6 and join with a slip stitch (if you are using a larger bead chain more and modify row 1 below as instructed).
Row 1: ch1, sc into ring 18 times (or 3xnumber of chains in ring), join with a slip stitch into 1st sc, ch1, turn.
Row 2: sc in next 3 st, ch1, turn (3sts)
Row 3: 2sc in 1st st, sc, 2sc in last st, ch1, turn (5sts)
Row 4: 5sc, ch1, turn (5sts)
Row 5: 2sc in 1st st, 3sc, 2sc in last st, ch1, turn (7sts)
Row 6: 7sc, ch1, turn (7sts)
Row 7: 2sc in 1st st, 7sc, 2sc in last st, ch1, turn (9sts)
Row 8: 9sc, ch1, turn (9sts)
Row 9: 2sc in 1st st, 9sc, 2sc in last st, ch1, turn (11sts)
Row 10: sc in 1st st, *Chain 21, sc in 2nd chain from hook (1 strand made), chain 20, sc in next st on row 9 (1 more strand made), sc in next stitch, repeat from * 5 times, (10 strands made), ch 20 (11 strands made).
Row 11: ch1 (counts as 1st stitch), 2 sc in each sc made in the turn of each pair of strands making sure all strands are straight (unless you wish to twist them for a textured look), ch1, turn (11 sts)
Row 12: sc2tog, 7sc, sc2tog, ch1, turn (9 sts)
Row 13: 9sc, ch1, turn (9sts)
Row 14: sc2tog, 5sc, sc2tog, ch1, turn (7 sts)
Row 15: 7sc, ch1, turn (7sts)
Row 16: sc2tog, 3sc, sc2tog, ch1, turn (5 sts)
Row 17: 5sc, ch1, turn (5sts)
Row 18: sc2tog, 1sc, sc2tog, ch1, turn (3 sts)
Row 19: 1sc, insert large bead with a ch 1 (counts as stitch), sc, ch1, turn (3sts)
Row 20 and 21: 3sc, ch1, turn (3sts)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Have a play with this as you can wear it in a couple of different ways. To plait it see my tutorial. Let me know what you think, this is my first ever written pattern and feedback is welcome!
Downloadable pdf patterns:
Beaded Strand Bracelet US