It looks like sc. Since the bracelet is made out of hemp the stitches stay more open because the hemp is a tougher material than yarn. I know I crocheted some hemp chokers and they ended up looking pretty open like that.
I like the turning knit to crochet, as well. I have a tutorial on how to do that but I don't quite understand it unless you mean make your own pattern to something that is knit. Either way, I may join this time if that is okay?
I was thinking about doing the same thing since I have a pit bull/newfie mix and he has a big neck so I figured it would be better to have the collar slip through instead of risking the chance of choking him.