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{Crochet "Martis" Bracelets}

This short month will soon be over. Although I love winter, snuggling up in scarves and warm sweaters I am somehow excited about the arrival of spring. March is considered to be the first month of spring and here in Greece we have a custom for its arrival. Weaving a bracelet from red and white string on the first day of March and wearing it till the end of March or leaving it on some roses upon seeing the first swallow. It  is called "Martis" (March in greek) and is considered to help protect the wearer's skin from the strong Greek sun. So as getting ready for the arrival of March I thought of making 3 different "Martis" bracelets so that you can join in the fun although not being here in Greece.
P.S. I have very small hands so the bracelets may need some adjument to fit around your hand!
Making of "Martis" Bracelets
# 1. Simple Bracelet 
Materials:
  • Cotton yarn in red and white
  • 2.5 mm crochet hook
  • scissors
How-to:
Holding two strands of yarn together make a chain of 50, bind off and weave in ends! Done!
# 2. Bead Bracelet 
Materials:
  • Cotton yarn in red and white
  • 2.5 mm crochet hook
  • scissors
  • beads
How-to:
R1: Holding white yarn make a chain of 50. Cut a long yarn tail (really long). At the end of your yarn tail start adding 50 beads. 
R2: Sc in secod chain from hook by pushing your beads so that you can actually crochet over them. Continue to the end, fasten off and weave in ends. Done!
# 3. Knot Bracelet 
Materials:
  • Cotton yarn in red and white
  • Knitting doll or 2.5 mm hook
  • scissors
  • pliers
  • a piece of chain
  • a clasp
  • 7 jump rings
How-to:
Step 1
If you use a french knitting doll make 2 pieces with red and white yarn. I f you don't have a knitting doll make 2 tubes by:
R1: ch 2 and make 6 sc in second ch from hook.
R2: sc in each st around
Repeat this process up to reaching the desired length. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Step 2
Make the knot by folding your tube in half and pressing the ends of your tube into your end cap and fold your end cap around your tube. 
Step 3
Add jump rings to the four ends and 1 more at each end.
Step 4
Add your chain and place the last jump ring at the one end of the chain and the clasp at the other end. Done!
Wear your bracelets and enjoy spring!

24 comments

  1. Υπέροχα τα βραχιολάκια ,,παω να κάνω κι εγω!!!χάρηκα που σε βρήκα!!!

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    1. Και εγω!!!

      Σε ευχαριστω πολυ!

      xoxoxoxo

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  2. such a beautiful tradition!!! I'll join you and thank you Tania!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  3. Love your blog and love all your crocheted projects. Thank you for spurning on my Urban Slouchy Hat phase!

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    1. Thanks Astri!!!
      Happy to see you around!

      xoxoxoox

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  4. Θα διάλεγα το μεγάλο με την αλυσίδα! Καλημέρα Τάνια και καλό μήνα!

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    1. Καλημερα και καλο μηνα!!

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  5. What a lovely tradition! I could definitely use some sun protection. I'm so pale and burn so easy. I really like the beaded version of the bracelet. I've never tried crochet with beads before.

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    1. Thanks Erica!!

      You should try it, it's very easy!

      xoxooxoox

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  6. Beautiful bracelets! We have exactly the same custom in Romania, we wear red and white bracelets or little things with red and white thread on the blouse and we call it Martisor! Happy Spring, Tania!

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    1. Thanks!
      It is a Balkan custom indeed!
      Happy Spring!

      xoxooxoxox

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  8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martenitsa

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  9. This is NOT a Greek but a Bulgarian tradition! Very beautiful bracelets but let's not steal other culture's traditions ;) Happy spring to you all!

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    1. As it seems all the Balkans have the same custom, Romania, Bulagaria, Greece etc! I'm not trying to steal any custom!

      In Greece we called it Martis -Greek: μάρτης - as you can see in the above link.

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  10. Actually the custom is a traditional Bulgarian custom and maybe other countries have liked it sometime in the past and now there are similar traditions.
    Here in bulgaria we wear "martenitzi" (plural) and our martenitzi are not onlu bracelets, we wear them on our coats or shirts and so on. Red and white are the colours.

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    1. The origins of a custom lie hidden in the past.
      It is definitely a Balkan custom, now who first started it does not really matter.
      The important thing is that you like the bracelets, make and wear them, no matter where you are from!:)

      Happy Spring!

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  11. Αχ καλε τι ωραία που είναι! Ζήλεψα κι εγω τώρα. Δεν έχω κάνει Μάρτη και θα με κάψει ο ήλιος :P. Πολύ ωραίες ιδέες που ξεφεύγουν από το κλασικό σχεδιάκι

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  13. Great tutorials! Thank you! I'll make these bracelets myself, as I am a Romanian and we have the same tradition on 1st March. And on 8th March we celebrate Mothets/womens Day.

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  14. Wow, perfect. Fortunately, I found your website!
    Thanks for sharing! http://www.jewelrymall.cc/

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