|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. http://bit.ly/GKZsR2 Story of them here: http://ravel.me/vashtirama/v7eua
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 Voilà: 'Valentine Filigree Bracelet' (unpublished design).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.
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