How to Crochet Bridal Jewelrycomments (8) May 20th, 2009
When considering this month's theme (Bridal/Celebrations) and trying to think of something simple to crochet for a potential wedding, my mind turned to crochet jewelry. A delicate necklace filled with hints of your family would be the perfect accessory for your wedding day. I designed the motif based on one in a doily my grandmother crocheted for me. You could take it further by incorporating loose pearls or antique buttons from your aunts or grandmothers into the necklace, or remaking your piece with some of their vintage chains. If you don't know how to crochet, you could also carefully snip an antique doily to create a motif instead of making a new motif. Of course, if all of that sounds like sacrilege, you're also free to use new materials to create your heirloom (which is what I did). Swap out the pearls for beads and change the color of your crochet thread to make a darling everyday necklace, too!
- Size 10 crochet thread in desired color
- Size 7 (1.65 mm) steel crochet hook
- Sewing thread to match crochet thread
- 10 small pearls or beads
- Beading needle
- At least 16-inch length of chain
- Jump rings
- Lobster clasp (for closing the necklace)
- Glass button (optional)
- Straight-nosed pliers and wire cutters
Begin by threading 10 pearls or beads onto your crochet thread.
(Note: This pattern uses standard crochet abbreviations. For an explanation of "bdc" [beaded double crochet], see the photo in the next step.)
Ch 4, join with a sl st to form ring.
Round 1 (RS): Ch 2, 10 hdc in ring, join with a sl st to first hdc—10 hdc.
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each hdc around, join with a sl st to first hdc—20 hdc.
Round 3: Ch 6 (counts as dc, ch 3), *sk next hdc, (dc, ch 3) in next dc; rep from * around, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning chain, TURN—10 dc, 10 ch-3 sps.
Round 4 (WS): Sl st to ch-3 sp, (ch 2, bdc, ch 2, sl st) in same ch-3 sp, (sl st, ch 2, bdc, ch 2, sl st) in each ch-3 sp around; join with a sl st in first ch-2—10 "petals."
Weave in the ends. Sew an antique glass or pearl button to the center, if desired.
Once you've completed the motif, fasten off and weave in the ends. Sew an antique glass button to the center of the motif, if desired. You might also want to block or starch the motif before proceeding.
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