Free Pattern, How To Make A Fringed Crochet Choker Necklace

Crochet Necklace With Wood Beads In Turquoise, Blue and Olive Green

Crochet Necklace With Wood Beads In Turquoise, Blue and Olive Green

I’ve made a rule, that before I’m allowed to buy any more yarn, I have to use all that I have, which is quite a lot.  I bought this yarn quite a while ago just because I liked it.  I had no real plan for what I’d do with it since it’s too thick to use for my  headbands.  For my headband pattern, I usually use sock yarn or something equally fine.  This is a flat ribbon yarn made with a polyester, acrylic blend.  I kept thinking what nice fringe it would make.  I designed these necklaces especially with this yarn in mind.This particular yarn is 1/8 inch or 3 mm wide and flat.  You may need to adjust the pattern if a different sized yarn is used.   I chose to use a traditional clasp but a crochet button and loop would probably work well too.

This pattern assumes a basic knowledge of crochet stitches and abbreviations.  My method of crochet is a bit unorthodox due to a problem I had with my left hand when I first learned, so I’m not the right person to give advice to beginners on how to hold the needle and form the stitches.  My post DIY – How to Make A Crochet Headband has a list of stitch abbreviations before the pattern.

If you’re not into DIY projects, or you just don’t have time, you can find these necklaces in my shop Catalina Inspired, in the section Crochet Jewelry.

For this yarn I used a F/5-3.75mm hook.  First, chain 75.  If you’re using ribbon yarn, be sure to keep it flat as you wrap it around the hook.  If it twists, it can look sloppy.

Crochet Choker Step 2 - Add Clasp To End of Chain 75

Crochet Choker Step 2 – Add Clasp To End of Chain 75

If you’re using a traditional metal clasp, at the end of the chain, slide the remaining loop through one half of the clasp as pictured.

Next, chain 1 then sc in each chain stitch making sure the yarn stays flat.  The yarn can get quite twisted so sometimes I cut it making sure I’ve left enough to finish the row.  When you reach the end of the row, slip stitch in the 1st chain stitch, then slip the second half of the clasp over the last loop.   Chain 1.  It should look like this:

Crochet Choker Step 3 - Second Half Of Clasp

Crochet Choker Step 3 – Second Half Of Clasp

Now tie off the last stitch and weave the ends in.

Now cut four 8 1/2 inch lengths of yarn.  Carefully line them up so they are flat and lined up side by side then tie them in an overhand knot around the center of the necklace being very careful to keep the yarn flat and neat.  Carefully tighten the knot until it looks something like this:

Crochet Choker Step 4 - Knot Fringe Around Choker

Crochet Choker Step 4 – Knot Fringe Around Choker

When the knot is tied, lay the eight fringes out flat.  String some wood or glass beads on each length of fringe so they hang down straight and don’t tangle as easily.  I chose to knot the fringes at four different lengths like so:

Crochet Choker Step 5 - Tie Wood (or Glass) Beads To Each Fringe

Crochet Choker Step 5 – Tie Wood (or Glass) Beads To Each Fringe

The finished product should look something like this:Finished!  Crochet Choker Necklace With Wood Beads

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Spring Cleaning

I just ordered a ton of new jewelry making supplies in anticipation of summer here on Catalina Island and our Catalina Festival of Art in September.  As a result I figured I should mark down some items in my shop to make way for the new.

Hand Made Crochet Choker Necklace in Ivory with Teal Beads

Hand Made Crochet Choker Necklace in Ivory with Teal Beads

Spring Cleaning Sale at Catalina Inspired on Etsy

I’ll be adding more sale items in the upcoming days and after that, some of the new stuff I’m working on including some Catalina themed jewelry in gold and silver.

What a Tangled Mess!!

My Daughter and My Yarn Basket

My Daughter and My Yarn Basket

Yesterday, my two-year old daughter got into my yarn basket.  She’s done it before but this time she really made a mess.  When I finally looked over to see the floor strewn with tangled yarn, my instinct was to scream…or maybe cry, I’m not sure which.  Instead of doing either, my eye caught an unfinished project I’d started maybe as long as a year ago.  It was a crochet pendant made with gold cotton thread and turquoise glass beads.  I’d forgotten it entirely and so vowed to “finish” it!  When I sat down on the floor, I discovered countless crochet “experiments” some good and some bad.  I decided, rather than being angry at my daughter, I should thank her for giving me a reason to go through all this junk and maybe even finish some of the projects.

Yarn Basket Mess

Yarn Basket Mess

There may have been as many as thirty crochet flowers scattered across the floor.  Some small and delicate and some large and fuzzy.  I decided to make three piles.  One pile was for experiments that had gone so horribly wrong they weren’t even worth the unraveled yarn or thread they were made with.  The second pile was for experiments that had gone horribly wrong but that had used enough yarn or thread to be worth unraveling.  The third was for things I thought may be worth finishing.  I threw away the items in pile number one, unraveled items in pile number two and threw the rest into a canvas bag while promising myself I’d finish these projects before starting anything new (we’ll see how that works out). 

A few of the projects were simple to finish, for example,  headbands that just needed the ties crocheted and ends woven in.  Others weren’t so straight forward and I’m not even sure what I originally intended them to be but they still have some potential.  I may decided later that some of them belonged in pile number one in the first place but I can put that off for a while. 

Crochet Gold Sun and Turquoise Glass Beads Pendant- FINISHED!

Crochet Gold Sun and Turquoise Glass Beads Pendant FINISHED!

 This is the pendant I mentioned earlier, finally finished with a matching knotwork chain and silver clasp.  I’m pretty happy with how it came out and I’m excited to discover some more lost treasures.  I crocheted some of them so long ago it’s as though someone else did all the hard work and I just need to finish them.  Of course, as with almost any type of creative process, finishing is most often the least fun part since by this time you may be getting sick of looking at the thing.

Off I go to rescue the next partially finished crochet project from the canvas bag – a.k.a. “pile number three” .Finished Crochet Sun Pendant With Turquoise Glass Beads

Feeling Springy!

Since my #4 stainless steel crochet hook was already out from being used to pry the keys off my laptop keyboard (https://theprocess123.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/why-you-shouldnt-dump-a-bowl-of-cheerios-on-your-laptop/) I decided to use it for what it was originally intended.

I’ve been experimenting with different types of ring-shaped objects to crochet around.  The following photo shows two of the ideas I recently finished and listed:

Crochet Jewelry by Kristy at Catalina Inspired on Etsy

Crochet Jewelry by Kristy at Catalina Inspired on Etsy

This beautiful Summery weather has me going a little flower crazy.  So far I’ve crocheted some in off-white, pale lemon yellow, garnet red and aqua.  There will be many more colors to come.Crochet Flowers by Kristy at Catalina Inspired on Etsy

Yesterday I crocheted this sunny summery necklace using brass jump rings for the centers and cotton embroidery floss for the flowers.  I crocheted nine flowers in descending sizes and sewed them together.  I’m excited to try the same pattern with some blues and purples!

Crochet Floral Choker in Tangerine, Lemon Yellow & Gold

Crochet Floral Choker in Tangerine, Lemon Yellow & Gold

Crochet Flower Choker in Lemon Yellow, Tangerine & Gold

Crochet Flower Choker in Lemon Yellow, Tangerine & Gold