August 20, 2012

DIY Crochet Necklace


Here they are! Friday I teased you with a bit of crochet inspiration a la Marni, but here's my version of chain and crochet necklaces. This is my entry for a contest with Lion Brand Yarn, who challenged bloggers to come up with a project using their new Bonbons yarn. 

I am not a crochet or knitting expert, but found what I do know works for this project. Don't let all the steps and photos in my how-to overwhelm you. Once you get the hang of it, it's simple to do and goes by quickly. 

Basic supplies for this project:
Thin yarn (I used Lion Brand Bonbons, provided by Lion Brand for the contest)
Chain (I used this 10mm chain, how long depends on the style of necklace)
Crochet hook (mine is 4mm
Scissors

Additional supplies:
Thin chain
Jump rings
Clasp




Begin by making a slip knot around the crochet hook, making a pretzel-shape as pictured above.


Pull the knot tight around the hook.


To begin crochet on the chain: Slide the crochet hook through the first link of the chain. Bring the long end of the yarn wrapped behind and then over the hook (first photo). Tighten the loop around the hook and use the hook to pull the loop through the link (second and third photos). Now, pull the new loop under and through the original/first yarn loop on the crochet hook.


To continue crochet on the chain: Slide the hook back into the same link and wrap the yarn around the hook, from behind and then over (first photo). Pull the loop through the link (second photo).  Loop yarn around the hook again (third photo), and pull this newest loop through the first two on the crochet hook (fourth photo).


Repeat these last four steps to continue crocheting yarn to the chain. When you fill up the link, move onto the next. After the first link of the chain (which had three stitches), I did two stitches to each link. It's important to keep that number the same so everything looks uniform. Also, the fewer the stitches on each link, the tighter the curve will be on the finished product. More stitches means a looser curve to the necklace.



Continue down the entire length of chain. Here's the view from above. As you fill up the chain, you'll form these loops.


To add a new crochet row: Once you reach the end of the chain, you'll begin working back the opposite direction to add another row of crochet. To do so, put the hook through the first crochet loop of yarn, wrap yarn behind and around the hook, and pull the yarn through both loops. Continue down the entire crochet chain. When you reach the other end, you can add an additional row, or finish of the yarn.


To finish off the yarn: On the last loop, trim down the end of the yarn to a few inches long. Loop the loose end around the hook, and pull all the way through the loop. Tie the loose end around the chain to secure, then trim down.


You could now add a new color to the other side of the chain, or to the crochet rows. I think this would make a fun bracelet, or a collar necklace if you started with a longer piece of chain.


I chose to add two 18-inch pieces of chain looped through the end links and connected to a clasp with jump rings. For the pink necklace, I added a row of crochet to the other side of the chain.




40 comments:

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    1. Aw, I'm flattered! Thank you, Cassandra! xo

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  2. Very beautiful!! Thanks for the tutorial! I've been searching for one for a long time...
    Love your blog and your creativity!

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you enjoy my blog! : D

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  3. Oh my goodness these are so pretty! I am totally loving the green one. I'm going to be brave one day and give this DIY a shot....I have never crocheted before so this will be fun. Great job!

    LilyAtlantic

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    1. Thanks lady! You can definitely do this, it's pretty relaxing! I'd love to see your result!

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  4. I love this! So pretty and fun!

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    1. Thank you, Christin!! I can't stop making them.

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  5. Ahh this is so perfect for the fall! Love this DIY!

    xoxo
    Candy
    www.tayloranddemolish.com

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    1. Thanks!! It's very fall-y. Who knew necklaces could be cozy!

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  6. Oh my gosh, Erin - this is amazing! Nice job.

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    1. Thanks Grace! I loved your finger-knit necklace!

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  7. They look so adorable, definitely need to try soon!

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    1. Thanks Laura! You definitely should try! Let me know :)

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  8. Great necklace!!!! I have to try making some crochet first hehe, I'm also loving your new look on the blog, it's great!

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  9. kathyS3:00 PM

    Bee-yoo-ti-ful --I've been looking at the non-DIY versions of this for a long time. Thank you for bringing it to us. Hate to get all technical, but I notice Bonbons yarn is available in either acrylic (DK weight) or cotton (Sport weight). Do you know which you used?

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    1. Hi Kathy! Glad you like it! I used the cotton yarn (sport weight). Personally, I prefer natural yarns and like it better than the acrylic, though those come in sparkles!

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  10. These look awesome. Love the Mint colour one.

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    1. Thank you so much! I love that shade of mint too.

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  11. This project is amazing
    I must try inmediately!

    http://mykitschworld.blogspot.com.es

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    1. Thank you! It's loads of fun, you should try!

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  12. Sooo pretty :) I'm actually a crocheter and can't wait to make some of these! The only thing is that I noticed you yarn over backwards from the conventional way. Just wanted to see if you knew, though it doesn't change at all how beautiful these turned out!

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    1. Thanks so much! Like I said, I'm no expert! : ) I didn't know I was doing it backward-- I was winging it. Glad you like the result!

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  13. I deeply admire someone who can crochet.

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    1. Thank you! Your admiration means a lot! : )

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  14. I'm speechless. Those are beautiful.
    xx
    maya

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  15. Love this! Going to recycle some old chains and yarn and see what I can create!creating your email pucpr

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  16. Fabulous Erin! A great tutorial xox
    Thankyou!

    Laura
    www.thecupthief.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks, Laura!! I'm flattered : )

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  17. This is one of my favorites yet. It's absolutely amazing! I need to do this asap... need to learn how to crochet! But your instructions are very clear and I'm sure I could do it!
    xx
    Lia
    Smart n Snazzy

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    1. Thanks lady! You DEFINITELY can do it. It's a lot of fun!!

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  18. Hey, I had just tried this and it's really amazing! I posted photos in my blog also a link to yours, hope you don't mind. Check it:

    http://laurabei.blogspot.com/2012/09/diy-crochet-chain-necklace_4.html

    thanks, for this incredible tutorial!!

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  19. Anonymous11:51 PM

    This is amazing!!! I was just wondering where I could buy the chains??

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  20. This is such an amazing necklace, can't wait to try to make this!!!

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  21. Anonymous4:31 PM

    Hi, loved your tut and decided to try it. I did it with 3 different colors and it has 9 rows of yarn on the upper side of the chain. However when it is small enough (in rows i mean) it has the neck's curn and seems ok. But now that it's finished in the middle the yarn comes to the outside like in the picture. Hope you can see the picture and tell me if you understand what the problem might be. Thanks in advance

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    1. Hi there, I'm not sure I follow your question. Did you have a picture to explain the trouble you're having?

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