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How to Crochet Bridal Jewelry

comments (8) May 20th, 2009     

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LindaPermann Linda Permann, contributor
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Wear your necklace proudly—whether its your wedding day or any other day!
Gather your materials.
Begin by threading 10 pearls or beads onto your crochet thread.
Wear your necklace proudly—whether its your wedding day or any other day!

Wear your necklace proudly—whether it's your wedding day or any other day!

Photo: Linda Permann

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!

Materials

  • 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

Gather your materials.

 

Begin by threading 10 pearls or beads onto your crochet thread.


If your beads don't have holes large enough for the crochet thread to pass through, use a beading needle to thread them onto sewing thread that matches your crochet thread. You'll hold the sewing and crochet thread together when you get to the beading round (round 4).

 


Crochet the motif according to the pattern below. Before beginning round 4, grab the beaded thread (if using) and hold it together with the yarn. Turn the work before you start round 4, since the beads will fall to the back of the stitch (the right side of the medallion).

Medallion Pattern
(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.


To make a beaded double crochet: yarn over, insert hook through ch-3 space, and draw up a loop. Yarn over and draw yarn through the first 2 loops on your hook. Slide one bead up to the back of your crochet hook, yarn over, and draw through the remaining 2 loops on your hook.

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.


Use a jump ring to attach an 8-inch length of chain to one side of the necklace and a 7-inch length to the other. (I wanted the medallion to hang asymmetrically; if you want yours centered, cut both chain lengths to your desired length.) With pliers, attach a clasp and loop for closure.

 


Build on to your necklace if desired. Here, I hung a smaller-size-link piece of chain from the main chain, attaching it to the main chain in five places. Experiment by adding dangling pearls (with eye pins), more chain, more crocheted motifs, or whatever you wish.

 


Wear your necklace proudly—whether it's your wedding day or any other day!

 

See more of my projects on my personal blog, and look for my new book, Crochet Adorned, out August 11, 2009.

posted in: necklace, wedding, chain, pearls, diy bride

Comments (8)

EchoLin writes: love this simple necklace, pretty good.
Posted: 2:06 am on March 29th
Sherrysocal writes: Really goog looking.Iam going to do one. Good idea to use color thread.
Posted: 5:01 pm on July 13th
cajunlady writes: I have always wanted to do crochet jewlery but thought it too difficult but this looks real easy to do thanks .
Posted: 3:10 pm on January 14th
mermaid01 writes: Hi!

Love what you did with this! I'm definitely going to try that one, but, I'd like to work it with beads instead of chain for myself. Know that my sis would love one too!

Thanks so much for sharing!

DIANA/MERMAID


Posted: 4:39 am on May 3rd
MichaelaMurphy writes: This is so beautiful Linda! It looks lovely on you too.
Posted: 8:01 pm on May 21st
Amyers writes: I made this yesterday for my friend, ironically it was her wedding shower that day and I had no gift. It turned out beautiful and was so fun to make, it was my first time crocheting with beads and it was so easy.
Posted: 7:40 am on May 21st
LindaPermann writes: thanks kayte-- that is a great idea too. i didn't want to cut up the doily that was inspiration b/c my grandma made it, but would do so with non sentimental doilies for sure. you could even dye them different colors for fun.
Posted: 12:42 pm on May 20th
kaytet writes: linda this i so pretty! i might do this the lazy way and use a doily but yours is gorgeous!!!
Posted: 11:45 am on May 20th
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