03 Feb FUN WITH CROCHET: PIMP MY NECKLACE, PART DEUX!
The lovely ladies from Eclectic Eccentricity have asked me to pimp up one of their necklaces, not that it needed much pimping in the first place, mind you! I’ll repeat it again: crochet is a fun, easy craft that lends itself well to jewellery. It is so versatile you can crochet just about any fibre, and as long as the chain is not too fine, it can be attached fairly easily.
For this project, I did not crochet directly onto the necklace but made a couple of pieces that I sewed onto the chain. I used embroidery thread instead of yarn to get a more delicate result and chose colours that complemented the titanium quartz of the necklace. Again, my skills are pretty basic, and as long as you can chain, single crochet and double crochet, this project is at your level!
A chain-based necklace, make sure the chain is not too fine.
A small crochet hook
Embroidery thread in different colours
A few beads
1. Start by making a tassel by wrapping embroidery thread around your fingers. Cut.
2. Now make a loose knot around the wrapped thread: this will be the knot starting your crochet work.
3. Add a bead and tighten the knot around your crochet hook.
4. Chain two. Double crochet twice in the first chain you made and turn your work.
5. Chain one, double crochet twice in both stitches. Turn your work. You should have 4 stitches now.
6. Chain one, double crochet twice in the first stitch, double crochet once in the other three stitches: don’t forget the last one! I nearly did as it looked a bit wrong, it’s kind of sliding on the side of your work! Turn your work again, and repeat the last steps, double crocheting twice in the first stitch and then once on each of the stitches left…
7. When you are happy with the size of your triangle, make a knot at the end of the row and trim your tassel.
8. Make three more triangles, each a different colour and size. Once done, pair up two triangles and start attaching them together by crocheting a border in a contrasting colour, in a single crochet stitch.
9. Repeat with the other two triangles and decide where to place each set on your chain, ready for sewing.
10. Use a small needle to sew your crochet pieces directly onto the chain. I used a gold thread to match the gold accent of the chain.
11. Trim all the loose threads: it’s ready!