Recycled Plastic Bottle Cable Knit Bracelet

In celebration of my 600th post (really), I wanted to do a free pattern. This tutorial uses recycled plastic bottles and upcycles them into life as a fashion accessory. It’s a knitting pattern meets recycling tutorial.

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So here’s the scoop. My mom drinks damn near everything from a single serving bottle and they don’t recycle. It drives me nuts! So I’ve been hoarding them in bags and stashing them in my closet. While there are a lot of really great plastic bottle DIYs, a lot of them aren’t practical for my space or really my style. So I had to really think about what I wanted to try with them. As I was examining the tiny Coke bottles that dominate my stash, I noticed that they have one perfect smooth band in the center. That’s kind of perfect for a bracelet base, says I. The plastic gives a sturdy base for the cable pattern while also lending it a natural curve.

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For this tutorial you’ll need:

  • About 20-40 yards of worsted weight yarn depending on length
  • Size 7 needles*
  • a plastic bottle with a flat round
  • Scissors or a knife to cut the plastic
  • A jewelry closure
  • Darning needle

* A note on the needles: The method I used is described below, but this can easily be done on double pointed needles or knit flat and seamed. I prefer this method so that I can easily see the front and back while also being able to slip the plastic in while it’s still on the needles.

You can also download the Upcycled Plastic Bottle Bracelet instructions here to print.


Cable Knit Bracelet Pattern

CO 18 stitches

  • Row 1: Place market at beginning of round. Knit all stitches
  • Row 2: P2, K5, P2, K to end
  • Repeat Row 2 three more times.
  • Row 3: P2, Sl3F, K2, K3CN, P2, K to end
  • Repeat Row 2 eight more times
  • Knit Row 3
  • Repeat Row 2 four times.
  • Knit Row 3
  • Repeat Row 2 nine times.
  • Knit Row 3
  • Repeat Row 2 four times.
  • Row 4: Knit all stitches

Knit until the length is to your liking, 7 to 8 inches is standard for a bracelet.

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Assembly instructions

  1. Once you have knit your cable tube, cut a ring of plastic from your bottle making sure it is just slightly narrower than your tube opening.
  2. Shimmy your plastic into the center of the cable tube.
  3. Cut off any excess plastic and close the ends of your knit tube either using a three needle bind off or by stitching them closed.
  4. Weave in your ends and attach the jewelry closure.
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Here is the cable tube.

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Slide in the plastic.

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Cut excess plastic and bind off.

How I do it:

I find it easier to cast on 9 stitches using a straight needle. Kfb each stitch to create 18 stitches. I slip every other stitch onto a circular needle, then pick up the rest of the stitches, and use a magic loop method to knit around, then use a three needle bind off once the plastic is in place. This creates less ends to weave in and a nicer looking finish.

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