Sunday, August 26, 2012

Crochet Flower Necklace

Does anyone else love all of the bright floral jewelry out there? I especially like the bold necklaces I've been seeing. Back in Spring, I decided I would give a try at crocheting my own. I spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect pattern. And, actually, I never found it. So, I designed my own. They are so simple and pretty. I may make some earrings, too. And, at least I have a little bit of Summer left to wear it this year.


Start with DMC floss in your favorite colors. I used white, bright blue, light green, green, pink, hot pink, yellow, orange, and purple. You will also need pearl beads, a chain, and a clasp. (or repurpose an old chain necklace you may have). Have handy your scissors, jewelry pliers, a sewing needle (small enough to thread the beads), and a small crochet hook (I used US C2/2.75 mm). 

Optional: I wanted my flowers to be stiff enough to stand up to wear. To achieve this, I immersed them in a mod podge and water solution and allowed them to dry.  If you want them to remain soft, this is not necessary, but they may not lay flat along the chain.


Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = triple crochet


Flower Pattern:
Use the entire set of 6 strands of your first color.
Round 1 - Ch 4, sl st into 1st ch to form a ring. Round 2 - Ch 1, work 9 sc into circle. Sl st to ch 1. Round 3 - *ch 3, dc in next sc, tc in same sc, dc in same sc. Ch 3,  sl in next sc*. Repeat sequence between *s until 5 petals are made with last ch 3 ending with a sl st into last sc.
Finish off.

Tie the ends together neatly on the back of the flower and weave in the ends.

Using 2 or 3 strands of matching thread, sew the pearl bead into the center of the flower.

These flowers were the perfect size for my necklace.  Play around with different hook sizes and numbers of petals for your own creations. You will need 2 sc in round 2 for each petal you wish to have on your flower. Adjust the round 1 ring as needed.
To stiffen the flowers, immerse them one at a time into a 1/2 water 1/2 mod podge solution and allow to dry on a piece of plastic wrap. I held each flower by the pearl while dipping them in the solution so the pearl would not be coated. I also used a paper towel to absorb the excess solution. I allowed them to dry overnight.

Next create the length of chain you want for the necklace and attach the clasp.

Lay out your flowers along the chain in your desired pattern, making sure each flower is either on the chain or touching another flower.  Sew the flowers to the chain or adjacent flower with 2 or 3 matching threads.

Here, you can see mine pinned from the back (although, not this was not my finished placement).
Then, wear it proudly! I love mine.
Such a cheery little addition to an outfit.





This post has been linked up with: This Gal Cooks, Fabric Bows and More, Positively Splendid, Six Sisters' Stuff, The 36th Avenue, One Artsy Mama, The DIY Showoff.

34 comments:

  1. This is sooo pretty! I LOVE to crochet, and the gorgeous colours in this really appealed to me ;) I've pinned it and am looking forward to giving it a go!

    Oh! And I'm also now following your blog :o) Crafty minds need to stick together right?

    Tash @ http://quirkycraftingshmooglebean.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thanks. I'd love to see how yours turns out. Your website is great, so many cute things!

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    2. Oh thankyou!! :) I'll be sure to email you a link when I make one!

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  2. What a beautiful statement necklace! I love it.

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    1. I am such a sucker for your pretties and I love this necklace! Heck,I liked the shamrocks you made for St. Pats day such a caring touch. Mommy loves you!

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  3. This is such a beautiful necklace! I'd really like to try it! I'm your newest follower from the hop! I'd love for you to come visit sometime! I love bloggy friends! http://www.travisandjessicacox.com

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  4. This is so pretty! I can't believe you made it yourself!

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  5. This necklace is GORGEOUS! I wish I had the patience to sit down to just learn how to crochet. Thanks for sharing. Love from you newest GFC follower, Whimsically Homemade.

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  6. That is one lovely necklace. It is so chic and colorful I can wear it at all times!

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  7. Joey, this is aDORable! Such fun colors, and the flowers are so cute...I can see what you mean, it would match everything! So glad you shared at Shine on Fridays this week. I'm featuring you tomorrow on One Artsy Mama's Top 10 Thursday, be sure to stop by and grab a button if you like!

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  8. Thank you everyone! All of your sweet words mean a lot to me. I don't normally wear bold pieces like this, so I really stepped out of my comfort zone. But, I love it. If any of you make one, please send me pictures. I'd love to see and share your creations.

    And, Amy, I am so excited, thanks for featuring me!

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  9. Te quedo fantastico, una pieza única felicidades!!!!
    Virginia

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  10. Hi there,
    I saw your cute idea on Tip Junkie and just had to pay you a visit. You have really explained it well and for that I say thank you!Not always the case but you have a great tutorial here. I am a new follower and would love for you to pay me a visit and follow along too. I am definitely going to learn how to do this and I love jewelry making.

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    1. Thanks, Donna. I really appreciate Your comment!

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  11. I love this necklace! It looks great. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

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  12. New follower from the Blog Hop. I'd love to have you over at All My Love for All My Days.

    What a pretty necklace!

    ~Danette
    www.danettedillon.com

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  13. Thanks so much for participating in the GFC Hop on ModaMama! I appreciate you linking up. Oh, and don't forget to follow your hosts.
    I look forward to getting to know you.

    Sincerely,
    Joanna
    www.ModaMamaBlog.com

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  14. I love this! I crochet too but I've never been able to do small stitches like this! You did such a great job! Thanks for the tutorial!! Found you from the blog hop!

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  15. Love the necklace. This is so cute!

    New follower from the GFC blog hop. Love to have you link up to Weekend Blog at At Home Take 2.

    Jessica
    http://www.athometake2.com

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  16. I love this necklace and would like to give it a go, I'm just wondering what mod podge is? From the photo it looks like it could be PVA glue mixed with water, I think that dries clear? Can you enlighten me at all?
    Many thanks
    Dympna

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    1. I believe PVA glue is comparable to Mod Podge. Although, Mod Podge is permanent. Check the PVA you choose to be sure it is permanent.

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  17. thank you soo much .. Meemee

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  18. Thank you for sharing this great idea!

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  19. I found this pattern from Allfreecrochet.com. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. Your flowers are so cute. I am working on making a ruffly flower statement necklace with embroidery floss and I used a pattern from the Crochet Spot to make earrings to match. I still have a lot of work to do on them but I have been pretty darn ill and in too much pain to crochet lately. Anyhoo, I am your newest follower :o)

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  20. How do I print out the pattern without all the other stuff that I don't need!?

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  21. I'm sorry, I don't have a printable version. You might try copying and past the text into something you can print from.

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  22. Lovely necklace!! I´ll give it a try! Thanks for the gorgeous tutorial! (by the way, I came here from Bunny Mummy) and like it a lot!

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  23. Thank you for sharing your crochet flower necklace, I can hardly wait to make it! I like the color variations-you can wear it with so many different colors. The flowers make me think of sunshine and warm, breezy summer days.

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  24. Hi Joey, Thanks for the directions and design ideas; I think the pearl in the middle of each flower, together with your arrangement, makes a beautiful spring/summer accessory. Bravo!

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