I recently had the honor of guest blogging for a blogger friend of mine, Danni of Oh Hello Friend and I chose to give her a crochet DIY because it's really my first love. I designed a very simple beaded crochet necklace you can do with $5 or so in beads and a few yards of baker's twine or other lightweight twine.
After putting that DIY together I began working on a new design to feature here. It's a little beyond the other necklace so if you've done that, it's a good second project. It's similar but a little more advanced. You'll need to know how to do a basic chain and if you've done any clusters or doilies, you'll be good to go with this one.
- crochet hook (5mm to 6mm)
- medium weight yarn (4)
- 15 beads with holes large enough for your yarn
- embroidery needle and thread or twine to assist in stringing beads onto the yarn
Side note: if you'd like a nice center-pulling ball as shown above, go quickly read through Winding a Center-Pulling Ball of Yarn first!
Stringing the beads
- Thread your needle with about 8" of twine.
- Bring the two ends of the twine together.
- Tie the twine and yarn ends together in a tight knot (your beads will need to pass over this knot).
- String your beads a few at a time onto the needle, past the knot and onto the yarn.
- After the knot, cut the yarn and set the needle and twine aside. You're ready to crochet.
Note: if your beads are large enough to string right onto the yarn, you may do that. Mine were just a bit too small to use a yarn needle, which is why I'm showing you this other route.
Crocheting the necklace
- Create a slip knot by wrapping the yarn around two fingers, crossing over itself as shown below--and holding the tail in your palm.
- Insert the hook between your fingers and grab the yarn on the backside with the hook.
- Then pull it through the loop and pull gently on the yarn in your left hand to tighten the slip knot around the hook.
- Next, wrap the yarn over (YO or Yarn Over) your hook and pull it through to make one chain (ch).
- Chain (ch) 14 more (total 15).
Making one petal
- Now, pinch the chain next to the hook with your fingers and hold it while you chain 3 more. The chain you're holding will now be "the 4th chain from the hook".
- Insert hook into the 4th chain (ch) from the hook (the chain you're pinching).
- YO (yarn over) and pull through the loop, then continue pulling it through the last loop on the hook. This has been a slip stitch (slst). If you're already comfortable with crochet, forgive my extra explanations. As I do more DIY posts, I'll go with the assumption that you know what we're doing here. :)
Making the flower
- Repeat this (ch3, slst) in the same spot 3 more times for a total of 4 petals.
- Then, ch 5
- Repeat for each flower
Continue making flowers until the necklace reaches the size you like. Mine is 12 but you can make it longer up to the number of beads you strung in the beginning.
- After your last flower, ch 10 and turn to begin crocheting the other direction.
- Ch3, slst in the 4th chain from the hook.
Ch3, skip 2 ch, slst in the next ch -- 3 times.
Now, ch3, bring a bead up to meet your hook.
- Insert hook in the opening in the center of the first flower, YO and draw up a loop, YO again and draw through both loops on the hook. This is a single crochet (sc).
Be sure to keep the bead placed in the center of the flower throughout this move.
- Ch3, bring up a bead, sc in the next flower. Repeat to the last flower.
- Ch3, slst in the 3rd ch from the last flower.
- Ch3, skip 2 ch, slst in the next ch -- 3 times.
- Finish off: Ch1, cut the yarn, leaving a 6" tail, then pull through the loop completely. Pull tight on the yarn to cinch the knot.
- Insert your hook into the loop at the other end of the necklace, YO and draw both strands of yarn at the tail through (slst).
- Ch 1 and pull the two strands of yarn completely through the loop on the hook, removing the hook from your work. Pull tight on the yarn and cinch the knot as before.
- Finally, tie a bow to finish the look and trim the ends even.
Try different colors of yarn and vary the beads for different looks. Note that one looks bigger than the other. It's partly the thickness of the yarn, but I also made them on different days and held my work tighter with the gray one. This is why I had you string a few extra beads.
Here are a couple of Instagram photos (@nataliejost) from my test trips around town. I like the subtle look of the gray, but I get more compliments with the bright plum!
Tell me, did you try it? What did you think?