Tutorial by Melinda
As soon as I saw the lovely shells and wooden beads in my Blueberry Cove Ocean Voyage box, I knew I wanted to make a necklace that would remind me of fishing nets.
This lightweight necklace is stronger than it appears, and can be made very quickly. Even if you don’t crochet, the chain stitch is very easy to learn. It’s really just a matter of tying a loop around the hook, reaching through the loop and pulling some thread through. Every so often you pull a bead up, trapping it into the loop. It truly is that simple.
I used a fine grade of paper yarn for this project, but you can just as easily use heavy thread, fine twine, or fine gauge wire. If you do decide to use paper yarn, I should tell you that it comes with the warning that you’re not supposed to get it wet. Of course as soon as I heard that I had to get mine wet, to see what would happen. Would it disintegrate? Shrink? Stretch? The answer? Not much really. I took one of my paper necklaces into the shower with me and lathered it up with shampoo. What happened? Well, not much. The stitches became a little less stiff, making it look even more like a fisherman’s net.
From Your Box:
33 Shell Beads
100 Wooden Beads
Additional Tools and Materials:
Copper Foldover Crimp Ends
Copper Jump Rings
Crochet Hook: size F or G
Fine Twine or 28 gauge wire
1. Put 25 wooden beads onto the wire (fig. 1.) Chain 5, then pull up one bead, trapping it into the stitch. Add a bead in this manner, every 3rd stitch, until you have used up all the beads (fig. 2)Chain 5 and tie off. Make 4 identical strands (each one will have 80 stitches.)
2. Put 11 shell beads onto the wire. Chain 10, then pull up one shell, trapping it into the stitch as above. Add a shell every 6th stitch until you have used up all the shells. Chain 10 and tie off. Make 3 identical strands (each will have 80 stitches.)
3. Use a toothpick to put a dot of glue onto the inisde of the foldover crimp end.
4. While the glue is still wet, gather the crocheted strands and lay them out. Take one end of each of the 7 strands and twist all 7 of them together (fig. 3.) Trim the ends and put them into the glued crimp end.
5. Use pliers to fold the flaps of the crimp end over each other, Press them together tightly (fig. 4 and 5.)Wipe off any excess glue. Do the same thing for the other end of the strands.
You’re all finished!
Melinda Barnett lives in Stanwood, WA with her husband, three horses, and two big spotted dogs. More of her work can be seen at BeesOnPie.blogspot.com. She welcomes email at firstname.lastname@example.org