Make head-turning jewelry using simple crochet techniques with Crochet Jewelry, even if you've never crocheted before! Learn to create the intriguing crochet accessories reappearing in the fashion world-with your own personalized twist.
Choose from multicolored bead and crochet necklaces, lacy spiderweb chokers, delicate yarn and wire bracelets, lively cherry earrings, mohair flower pins, or pretty cocktail rings embellished with beads and stones. Experiment with a range of materials, from sumptuous ribbon and eyelash yarns to silver and gold wire, and find out how to decorate finished crocheted pieces with beads, crystals, ribbons, feathers, embroidery, and silk flowers.
Learn what materials and tools are needed to create these fabulous fashions and how to achieve different looks using various types of yarns and beads. All the core techniques are demonstrated with step-by-step photographs, from working basic stitches to adding findings and finishings, and each design includes a recipe of ingredients, suggested color palette, and easy-to-follow instructions. Basic stitches are reviewed, including chain stitch, single and double crochet, increasing and decreasing, how to crochet around a bead, making a necklace closure, and putting components together.
Experiment with a range of materials and see just what you can create with Crochet Jewelry.
Reviews: "Projects are varied: some are cute, some trendy, others retro. This book is a good starting point if you're interested in creating crocheted jewelry using yarn, embroidery thread, or wire."-Art Jewelry
"If you've ever needed a reason to learn to crochet with beads, this book is a good start. This is a unique book in the beading field... Highly recommended."-South Jersey Bead Society
- Chapter 1 - Materials, tools, and techniques
- Yarn, thread, and wire
- Beads and sequins
- Findings and notions
- Tools and equipment
- Getting started
- Basic stitches
- Working in rounds
- Shaping techniques
- Beaded crochet
- Wire crochet
- Hairpin crochet
- Cable techniques
- Understanding patterns
- Finishing techniques
- Fastenings and findings
- Chapter 2 - Necklaces
- Big bead necklace- This necklace is the perfect choice if you like long or multilayer necklaces, and you can even wear it around your waist as a belt.
- Barrel bead necklace- This necklace is made using a fluffy mohair yarn that has a metallic thread running through it.
- Hoop choker- Only basic stitches are required to work this stylish choker, so this project is ideal for beginners.
- Glasses keeper- This very simple glasses keeper is an ideal project for beginners. Avoid large chunky beads because the added weight will make the glasses seem heavy on the ears and bridge of the nose.
- Circle necklace- This fun Sixties- style necklace can also be worn as a hipster belt; simply adjust the number of circles if you need to.
- Amulet purse- The front of this sumptuously beaded purse is embellished with crocheted flowers, and the purse is finished with a fringe and a strap of strung beads.
- Surface crochet choker- This necklace is perfect for displaying pretty accent beads, which are framed on a bed of seed beads in complimentary colors.
- Shell necklace- Changing stitch heights creates the shells on this necklace. The classic monochrome color scheme featured here is perfect for evening wear, but you could use any colors you like.
- Multicolor necklace- This necklace provides the perfect opportunity for combining lots of colors.
- Gemstone lariat- This lariat necklace looks lovely with or without the motifs.
- Hairpin bead necklace- This necklace incorporates two designs of crocheted beads, both made using wire and hairpin crochet.
- Chapter 3 - Bracelets
- Loop'n- 'link bracelet- Perfect for beginners, this cute little bracelet is infinitely adjustable- make as many links as you like and work a necklace or belt to match.
- Twister bracelet- Quick and easy to make, this pretty beaded bracelet will dress up any outfit.
- Chunky flower bracelet- The use of pure wool tapestry yarn makes the petals on these flowers curl, giving them a natural look.
- Shell cuff bracelet- This bracelet has quite a bit of stretch, so the sizes are approximate. Make the bracelet smaller or larger by adding or subtracting five stitches to the beginning chain.
- Denim watch straps- The end of a watch strap often comes long before the clock fails to keep time. Instead of buying a new strap, try making something more individual.
- Beaded chain bracelet- Loop this length of beaded chain around your wrist several times to wear it as a bracelet, or wear it as a single- or double- strand necklace.
- Frilly floral bangles- Using the same basic bangle, different looks are obtained by varying the embellishments.
- Organic bracelet- This unusual- shaped bracelet is embellished with a beaded fringe.
- Delicate beaded bracelet- This delicate beaded bracelet can easily be crocheted in a single evening.
- Cobweb bracelet- This is a great bracelet to make as a gift because it fastens with a simple cord so the size is adjustable.
- Hairpin wire bangle- This exotic bangle works up fast from two hairpin crochet strips.
- Daisy watch strap- This pretty watch strap could be just the start of a collection of jewelry pieces.
- Chapter 4 - Earrings
- Snowmen earrings- These earrings are a lot of fun both to crochet and to wear. They also make a unique seasonal gift for friends and family.
- Hoop earrings- These earrings are very quick to work up with crochet or embroidery thread and store- bought hoops.
- Circle earrings- These playful earrings are made in two main colors, but you could make each circle in a different color for even bigger impact.
- Denim earrings- Each of these six pairs of earrings only requires a tiny amount of yarn, so make them to complement other home- worked projects by using up leftover yarn.
- Sparkly cross earrings- Easy enough for a beginner (as a second or third project perhaps), these little earrings can be made very quickly using leftover yarn and beads.
- Ombre earrings- These glittery earrings are not only quite easy to make, but also so light that they will be very comfortable to wear.
- Dangle earrings- These easy- to- make circle earrings could be worked in brightly contrasting colors as well as the toning shades shown here- these would look particularly good with jeans.
- Surface crochet earrings- These earrings match the choker on pages 60- 61 to make a stunning jewelry set that everyone will admire.
- Chandelier drop earrings- Use wire and beads to create these classic earrings with a timeless silhouette.
- Chapter 5 - Pins
- Frilly flower pins- The pattern gives instructions for making the pink frilly flower, the green flower is an example of the frillier variation and is made using ribbon yarn without any beaded embellishment.
- Flutterby pin- This dramatic pin will look great on a big sweater or to make a statement on a winter coat.
- Fluffy rosette pin- Wear this pin on a hat, jacket, coat, blouse, or even a purse.
- Raffia flower pin- This flower pin borrows a technique from traditional Irish crochet and brings it into the high- fashion realm with the use of torn raffia and beads.
- Fancy feather pin- This wool and mohair pin is delightfully soft and fluffy.
- Hemp disk pin- These pins can be made from any number of things you can find around your home- packing cord, raffia, paper string, or garden twine.
- Chapter 6 - Rings
- Spotty rings- Felting might disguise the individual crochet stitches but not the style in these simply made and embroidered spotty rings.
- Beaded rings- This is more a technique than a pattern, and can be adapted to make any number of bracelets, necklaces, or even earrings.
- Hairpin wire ring- This ring is a snap to work up, and no one will believe that you made it using hairpin crochet.
- Funky flower ring- These rings are super easy. If you are a complete beginner, try the yellow, then blue, then pink ring. Choose brightprimary colors for the best results.