Crochet Necklace DIY
After a busy week of deadlines, topped off with replacing a laptop after mine died (the night before one of those big deadlines), I had a nice relaxing morning yesterday, crocheting these sweet little necklaces. Trust me when I say, these are quick and easy if you have crochet experience.
And fun! If you crochet a chain stitch and a slip stitch, you can make these. And if you’ve never done it, adding the beads is no sweat at all.
Size 8 pearle cotton thread
Crochet hook, Size O/1.75mm (This size gave me a loose chain, which I wanted. Choose the size that works for you.)
Seed Beads- For the light blue necklace, I used size 8 opaque butter cream luster round Japanese seed beads. For the gray necklace, I used slighly larger beads in orange, yellow, and red; left over from another project, also from Fusion Beads.
1. Apply a bit of glue to the first inch or so, to the end of the perle cotton. Smooth it out, and allow it to dry. This stiffens up the end and makes stringing the beads so much easier.
2. Next you will need to decide how long you want your necklace to be, and add the appropriate amount of beads to the thread before you begin crocheting. My necklaces are both about 30″ long, and through trial and error I estimated my initial crochet chain to equal about 8 chains per inch. So, to create a necklace approximately 30″ long, I rounded off the number of chain stitches I would need to 250. If you want to gauge your chain stitches, crochet several, then measure them, without stretching, to see what you get.
I also knew I wanted to add 1 bead to every 10th chain stitch.
250 divided by 10 = 25 beads. I strung 25 beads (plus a few extra!) onto my crochet thread.
3. I created a chain of 250 chain stitches. This is not as crazy as it sounds, and it you’re over or under by a few, it’s ok!
4. Once you’ve completed your chain, chain an additional 6 chains, slip stitch into the 6th chain from the end. This forms a loop for closing the necklace later. (My apologies for the blurry photo below, but hopefully you get the idea.)
5. Reverse and continue back down the chain by doing a slip stitch into every chain from the previous row. Just before you make every 10th slip stitch (or at the interval you choose), slip one of the strung beads up and into place. Do your slip stitch around the bead to anchor it into place. Ian tried his best to get a photo of me doing this step below, hopefully you can see what I’m doing.
6. Repeat this all the way down the chain.
7. When you reach the end of the chain, be sure to crochet on a bead at the last slip stitch or at least close to it by a stitch or two. Fasten off the thread. Knot the two tails together and trim them to 1″ (you can also add a dot of glue here for extra security).
8. The bead at this end will get the loop from the opposite end looped around it to close the necklace.
That’s it! Let me know if you have questions. I’m off to make more!!
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