Thursday, August 1, 2013

Chainy Chain Necklace (Pattern + Project)


Good morning lovelies!  Just had to share this project I recently finished.  This cute necklace is all about chains, but combines two different materials for lots of texture and a unique look.  Made using three metal strands and three crochet chain strands, it makes for an interesting combination.  To echo the shine of the silver, I used shiny, satiny embroidery floss and a small hook.  The result was a super quick instant gratification project.

Here it is up close...fun!



I chose to add a strand of light green in there to give it a little extra dimension.

To make this necklace, here's what you'll need:
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Chain (found in the jewelry aisle of the craft store.  Sometimes it comes on a spool, I got a smaller length wrapped around a card)
  • Clasp (you can use the fancy-schmancy one as pictured or something more simple, it's up to you.
  • Scissors
  • D (3.25 mm) Crochet Hook
  • Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Jump Rings


(Closeup of the clasp)


Start by making the crochet chains.  I used DMC floss for this project, but just about anything you prefer will do.  Embroidery floss comes in a staggering amount of colors, so have fun choosing!  In case you are wondering, I used DMC's color number 702 and 907.


Locate the tail and pull one end...no need to take off the little paper bands.  In fact, it will keep everything nice and neat if you leave them on.

Begin your chain and make it as long as you want.  You may want a shorter necklace like the one I made, or a super long one might be cute too.  The D hook made the chain "links" look a little loopy, mimicking the metal chains.  If this isn't your cup of tea and would like a tighter chain, try a smaller hook size.  Make each one very slightly different in length so they drape nicely on the neck.

Click here to learn how to crochet a chain (photo tutorial)



After you've finished making your crochet chain strands (I made three), choose the length of the metal chains.  Snip with wire cutters.



To attach the chains to the clasp, jump rings are especially helpful...here's what they look like:


Open a jump ring using pliers.  Sometimes they are a bit fiddly because they are so small.  If that is the case, use a pair of pliers in each hand to gently pry it open.


Hook the clasp loop and chain loop together...


And gently pry closed.


To attach the crochet chains, you can simply tie them onto the jump rings like I did, or attach a different jump ring by slipping it into the knot and attach separately that way.

And there you have it!


Here it is up close too.  Try experimenting with the number of chains used.  Make just a few for a delicate, airy look, or make lots of them for a chunkier, more dramatic look.


Looking forward to wearing mine!


© Jennifer Dickerson 2013

Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!

7 comments:

  1. Very nice I like this necklace, thank you for the tutorial!

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  2. I love the different textures in this necklace. It's really pretty, thanks for sharing the idea!

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    1. Thanks! I thought I'd mix it up a bit and see how it looked :)

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  3. I love this! I went out this weekend and bought floss and chains and clasps to make a few of these. I opted to go with making a three and three also, but I chose three different floss colors in the same family to make mine with. I'm going to do one in blues, greens, and purples. :-)

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  4. awesome idea! ... my aunt taught me to crochet and latch hook 35 years ago but I'm just beginning to craft again!! I'm saving your page for tutoring!

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  5. This is one such brilliant idea, Jen! Thank you for sharing!

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