31 May CROCHET YOURSELF SOME JEWELLERY AND CHANNEL YOUR INNER MARNI GIRL!
I have recently taken up crochet, for the sole purpose of making jewellery, and I am urging you to do the same! I scoured the internet for basic crochet instructions and found a great series of tutorials: crochet school. After an evening trying out different techniques and stitches I was off on my own crocheting various stitches and combinations.
Next, a trip to H&M to get cheap curb chains: armed with my crochet and the obligatory Ladyland fluoro yarn, I started crocheting directly onto the chains, when possible. And somehow I found I was channelling my inner Marni girl (circa 2011)!
Image: via Alexandra Cameras
I am a complete novice in the art of crochet, so I have kept things verrrry simple.
Needle and thread (optional)
Nail polish (optional)
1. If you can crochet directly onto your chain, then do so. However, try to keep that first row very loose, otherwise you might end up with a very stiff necklace. I always start with a row of single crochet stitches.
2. If you can’t crochet directly onto your chain, then start by making a crochet chain as long as your curb chain. You will need to sew your finished piece onto it with needle and thread.
3. Once your first row of single crochet is done, crochet a different stitch. I made a second row of double crochet on the one below.
4. You could stop here as I did, or add a shell/scalloped edging like I did in the top pictures. I also decorated the chain with nail polish (check out Selina’s piece for Ladyland on painting jewellery). It is that simple!
Later on I challenged myself a little bit and found a pattern for a 3D flower made with popcorn stitches. A few chains and a handful of jump rings was all I needed to turn it into another necklace.
None of it is perfect, but seeing what you can achieve with crochet I am definitively going to continue experimenting! I might also try to knit, taking inspiration from those beautiful pieces by Jewellery designer Amy Lawrence.
Photography: Clementine Larvor