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A Crocheted Necklace

And back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Finally those patterns as promised. Unfortunately, I can’t give you the ring pattern today. I didn’t right down what I was doing, but I was thinking during class yesterday and may have come up with an idea. With some tweaking, it may be perfect. But please stay! I promise the patterns I do have will be varied, interesting, and full of potential!  This first one gets a post to itself, since I managed to make an absolute mountain out of a molehill.  It’s much easier than it looks, I promise.

I’m not a big necklace wearer, but I got the idea and had to go with it.  I think the crocheted beads could be used with felted or wooden beads for a nice look…  Maybe the combination of 70% felted, 20% wooden, and 10% crocheted?  I’d like to get some wool for felting…  Anyways, the pattern!

Crocheted Necklace

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Materials:  Small amounts of Bernat Softee Chunky (natural), Lily Sugar’n Cream (soft teal) and Lion Brand Cotton Ease (charcoal).  A handful of medium plastic beads (like the really cheap ones you can fine by the hundreds in any craft store).  A large needle (like a tapestry needle or a yarn needle).  A crochet hook of (probably..) 3.0 mm.  I’ve tried to fit each round in a sentence, so if you don’t want to read a paragraph, separate at each period to make it easier to follow.  My necklace uses the small ball pattern, but two other sizes have been provided.

Small Ball:  Ch 2.  Make 3 sc in the first chain (3).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and make 2 sc in each of the next three spaces (6).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and make 2 sc in each of the next six spaces (12).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and sc in each of the next twelve spaces (12).   Repeat the last round (12).  Repeat the last round again (12).  Slst in first dec, ch1, and dec all around (6).  Slst in first decrease, ch1, and dec all around (3).  Tie off.

Medium Ball:  Ch 2.  Make 3 sc in the first chain (3).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and make 2 sc in each of the next three spaces (6).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and make 2 sc in each of the next six spaces (12).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and make 2 sc in each of the next twelve spaces (24).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and sc in each of the next twelve spaces (24).   Repeat the last round five more times(24).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and dec all around (12).  Slst in first dec, ch1, and dec all around (6).  Slst in first decrease, ch1, and dec all around (3).  Tie off.

Large Ball:  Ch 2.  Make 3 sc in the first chain (3).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and make 2 sc in each of the next three spaces (6).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and make 2 sc in each of the next six spaces (12).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and make 2 sc in each of the next twelve spaces (24).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and the alternate 1sc and 2sc in each of the next stitches (36).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and sc in each of the next thirty-six spaces (36).   Repeat the last round eight more times (36).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and then alternate between 1sc and 1dec in each of the next stitches (24).  Slst in first sc, ch1, and dec all around (12).  Slst in first dec, ch1, and dec all around (6).  Slst in first dec, ch1, and dec all around (3).  Tie off.

Using a yarn or tapestry needle and a length of Cotton Ease, thread a crocheted bead (go through the center of the first round and the center of the last round) and make a knot.  Continue alternating the plastic and crocheted beads, knotting after every bead.  If the necklace is large enough to fit over your head, just tie a small knot and trim your ends.  If the necklace is too small, add a clasp.

Ideas:  Try different combinations, sizes, and materials.  Use a long ribbon to string the beads and, instead of adding a clasp, tie the ends of the ribbon in a bow.  It’s a more freeing and artistic take on the classic pearl and ribbon necklace.  Using different hooks and different ball patterns, put a large ball in the center and progressively smaller balls on either side.  Make an extra long necklace and wrap it unevenly twice around your neck.  The yarn I used is very bulky and, if you aren’t careful, your beads could end up lopsided.  Try using smaller yarn, a smaller hook, and follow the pattern for a large ball.  Because I didn’t use consistent sizes, types, or even brands of yarn, I have a noticeable size discrepancy between my beads.  If you use the same brand and only change the colors, yours will be much more consistent.

What do you think?

-Cristy

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24 thoughts on “A Crocheted Necklace

  1. I love this. I want to make one too!

  2. Thanks! As per usual, it’s on Ravelry too. (I freaking love that site. Really.) And when you’re done, please let me see pictures! There’s a (virginal) Flickr site all set up and ready!

  3. I want to make one of these but I am not sure which plastic beads you are talking about. Are they pony beads? If not could you post a picture of the beads before you covered them

  4. Oh, I’m sorry that was so unclear. The beads I mentioned are actually the little white spacers you see between the crocheted beads. They’re slightly smaller than your average pony beads. The crocheted beads are stuffed with whatever I had laying around, like tiny (really tiny) fabric scraps, leftovers from some hemp I was playing with, and lots of yarn bits. I keep all my scraps in an old jar on my desk, so I just used whatever was in there. I hope that helps! And, of course, I’d really like to see your results. Just leave another comment if anything else comes up.

    -Cristy

  5. Fantastic…love the look and your color combo is a winner!!!

  6. neat .. I was just looking at some crocheted beads today. Looks great!

  7. Hi there! I’m a teenager who wants to try crochet to make things i can give to my friends. Since I am new, can I ask how to do this [Slst in first sc, ch1, and make 2 sc in each of the next three spaces (6). Slst in first sc, ch1, and make 2 sc in each of the next six spaces (12). Slst in first sc, ch1, and sc in each of the next twelve spaces (12). Repeat the last round (12). Repeat the last round again (12). Slst in first dec, ch1, and dec all around (6). Slst in first decrease, ch1, and dec all around (3). Tie off.] Looking forward in entertaining this question. THANK YOU!

    btw, this necklace is AWESOME ;)

  8. Shell –

    I’m afraid I can’t exactly teach you to crochet in a few comments, but I can try to clear up some of the abbreviations and methods if that’s what’s confusing you.

    All of these are crocheted in the round, so when it says ‘slst in first sc’, simply slip stitch in the first single crochet you made. Rather than working rows and crocheting back and forth, all of these are worked in a spiral, so there’s no turning. The ch1 is simply a chain 1, and 2 sc is the same as an increase. In the next round (rather than row), you again slip stitch in the first single crochet of the row you just completed. And so on and so forth…

    If you prefer pictures, CraftStylist has a nice tutorial: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/841/crochet-lesson-crocheting-in-the-round
    Note: Their method may be slightly different than the one I use; it’s just a matter of personal preference.

    Thanks! I hope that clears it up, but if you have any more questions, feel free to ask me!
    - Cristy

  9. Hi there again, can i ask what does in the next three spaces mean?

  10. Hey,

    The ‘next three spaces’ are just the next 3 single crochet stitches. I usually use ‘space’ and ‘stitch’ interchangeably.

    - Cristy

  11. Love the colors of the balls in combi with the texture. well done!

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