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An Easy Crochet Jewelry Method

I'm finishing up preparations to teach a Crochet Jewelry class tomorrow afternoon in a Florida yarn shop. While comparing years of my crochet jewelry experiments, I've noticed that I use several different methods.

One of my favorite methods is also the fastest and easiest to describe right here and now in a newsletter. 

Have you ever done just a part of a new crochet stitch pattern and noticed that it's already pretty? ...That it looks interesting even before you've completed a full pattern repeat? I love these accidental discoveries of beauty! Surely some patterns for edgings and decorative insertions have been designed this way. Early examples of mine are these three (of about twenty swatches) published in a crochet jewelry book Story of them here:

When I'm in a jewelry making mood, I use a colorful and smooth high-twist crochet thread; or a strong smooth yarn, or fine wire. I also use a slightly smaller crochet hook than usual so that my stitches are tighter. If I think of it, I string on some beads first. 

Sometimes all I do is change colors. This is how I discovered that there are hearts in this stitch pattern pictured here! Voilà: 'Valentine Filigree Bracelet' (unpublished design).

Often my experiment is too small to be a bracelet or necklace. If I add a nice border around the swatch and a button-loop combo, it sometimes comes out looking like jewelry; see the bracelets in the topmost photo in the right column. I added stitches in another color to the second and third bracelets from the top. This beefs up the length of them so that they reach around my wrist.
Other times, my strategy is to put the button and button loop "on a stick." I can customize a swatch to fit any wrist this way. It's a clasp that's comfortable to wear and easy to use.

That's it for #38! If you know someone who would enjoy this kind of newsletter, please forward this to them so that they can subscribe. (Click here to subscribe: ) If you have any comments or suggestions, please email me. Thanks!      --Vashti
Wearable Swatches

These are unpublished projects. Below are some published ones.

Trailing Vine Lariat: freeform crochet stitch combinations.

The swatch that became Palmetto Wristcuff

Tiki Wristbrace: I added 
an edging and button loop clasps to this gunmetal silk swatch so that I could feast my eyes on it longer.

Link I Enjoyed This Week
Noreen Crone-Findlay's creative discoveries with small weaving frame looms ('potholder looms')

DesigningVashti News
I posted the Resources page of my jewelry class handout for tomorrow's crochet jewelry class in Sarasota, Florida (The class is full but if you wish to attend, ask to be put on the waiting list.)

Project page for Love Latched, the jewelry class project, here
It uses beads, threads, and yarns stocked by good yarn shops.

Doris Chan's popular and FREE All Shawl pattern is now available at DesigningVashti:

I received some interesting comments about the previous newsletter issue on leaning stitches. I posted one already at the newsletter's Facebook page, and will post more when I can (perhaps by the time you read this).
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