But before you stop reading because you think 'That necklace looks insanely difficult to make. I'm leaving.' or 'I'm a complete beginner in jewelry making, I can never make something so advanced.' or something like that - It is NOT difficult. It is not. If you know how to open and close jump rings and know basic crochet stitches (chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet) you can totally do this! The tutorial is lengthy but I tried to explain everything as clear and easy to follow as possible.
I always feel that the most difficult part about making a great statement necklace is to plan the design and to buy the right supplies. I already did the planning for you and I can help you with the supplies as well. So let's jump right in and make a crochet statement necklace!
What you need:
BEADS & OTHER:
small beads (I used glass beads and chose these cute faceted black ones)
stretchy jersey fabric or t-shirt yarn (buy or DIY)
cotton thread (nice and shiny)
chunky chain - I got mine from the supercraft kit #14 but you can find similar chain here
jump rings (I used 4mm and 6mm jump rings)
end caps (4 mm in diameter)
round nose pliers
chain nose pliers
crochet hook 3mm
How it works:
1. At this point I usually draw a sketch of what I want the necklace to look like. with the jersey woven through the chunky chain and the crochet part I found that difficult to draw, but arranging like in the picture above works, too. It helps to get a feeling for size and dimensions, too. The chunky chain is already cut to my desired length in that picture. You do that just by cutting it with a sidecutter.
If you don't use t-shirt yarn but jersey fabric, you now cut a longer piece that is about 4 cm wide and stretch it thoroughly. The edges will toll inward and you will end up with beautiful t-shirt yarn that is easy to use in the following steps.
It's not that important in which direction you thread through the chain, but it's important that it's the same direction every time. You'll see a pattern form after a few links. Continue to the end of the chain.
3. So, you see that wavy pattern that the jersey makes, right? Up and down and up... The next step is now to put jump rings (7mm) around the bottom parts of the wave. This can be a bit tedious, but we are not in a rush, are we? Take your time. I left the two or three waves at the ends without jump ring, but you could continue until you reach the end.
Start by making 10 chain stitches.
Now connect with the first jump ring at one end of the chain. To connect, go through the jump ring in the opposite direction you are working in and pull the thread through (I went from right to left, so the crochet hook has to go from left to right through the jump ring). You have now two loops on the hook. Pull the yarn through both.
Continue in chain stitch until you reach the next jump ring. For me that was three chain stitches between each jump ring. continue in this fashion until you reach the last jump ring. Connect and add 10 chain stitches at the end.
4. Turn your work like it's a normal crochet work. Work the next row in single crochet until you reach the third jump ring. Double crochet until there are three jump rings left. Finish in single crochet. Cut the thread and pull it through the last loop.
7. Cut the thin chain to desired length (remove the bottom part). Make sure, the closure stays in the center of it. With a smaller 4mm jump ring connect the chain with the end caps.
Tadaa! I love my crochet statement necklace! I love the cool grey tones because they can go with basically everything. But I can imagine that the necklace would look just as great in brighter colors or with beads or crochet part in a contrasting color. What do you think?