Crocheted Crystal Necklaces

Does anyone else have a “pretty rocks” collection? No? Just me, then.

Well, I had a couple of tumbled crystals I picked up in some gift shop for a cave tour or something, just sitting in a box on the shelf…

So I made a necklace!

(Ok, I made like 7 of them.)

Pretty quick, start to finish, and they look pretty nice.

  • With standard crochet thread, B/1-2.25MM hook:
  • Chain 3, slip stitch into third chain from hook chain. This begins a kind of basket to hold your pendant.
  • Chain 3, slip stitch onto the “basket” around the chain loop, working in a spiral. Don’t increase as you go around.
  • Grab your rock when you’ve made a loose net big enough to almost hold it.
  • To close your “basket”, slip stitch your loops tightly so that the stretch of your  is snug enough around the rock to bind your pendant securely.
  • Chain as long as you want the necklace to be. A handy chart on standard necklace lengths (in inches, sorry rest of the world, I’m American,) can be found here.
  • Join the end of your lovely necklace chain with a slip stitch at the base of the pendant.
  • Slide a bead on there for a finishing touch, or add a tassel, and voila!

 

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I’m featured on Skip to My Lou!

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Today I’m over at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Crochet Along. I am sharing the pattern for my Cuddlebug Scoodie, perfect for holiday gift giving to your favorite toddler. In fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas…….

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I’ve posted my pattern for a new project, the Cuddlebug Scoodie, over on Skip to My Lou. So, just click this link, or the picture below to see the pattern!

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Organizing toys on the cheap

As I get together toys for my daughter to enjoy in the future, I’m discovering something pretty obvious: All this stuff needs to be organized!

I started with a simple crocheted mesh bag for those blocks I just made.

I think it suits those blocks nicely. :)
I think it suits those blocks nicely. 🙂

Honeycomb Mesh Bag:

Round-by-Round, worked in a continuous spiral:

  • 1: ch 4, dc 1 in 4th ch from hook. Ch3, dc in the same stitch you just dc’d in.  repeat until there are 6 dc, each with 3 ch separating the dc’s.
  • Make 1 dc in the ch-space between the previous row’s dc, as well as one dc in the top of  each of the previous row’s dc’s. Do this in every round you want to keep increasing the circular bottom of the bag.
  • Once you have the desired bottom diameter, simply dc 1 in each ch-space, and not in the tops of the dc’s. Continue separating each dc with 3 ch.
  • For the end, simply ch 3 after the previous dc, and sc the end of the ch into the ch-space. sl 1, cut off of the skein, and weave in ends.

As for the cord, I will explain with a pictorial:

Chain 1.

 

Hold it on its side, like this. You see how there's those 2 loops on the right, and the 1 on the left? That one is normally on the bottom.
Hold it on its side, like this. You see how there’s those 2 loops on the right, and the 1 on the left? That one is normally on the bottom.

 

2.)Yarn over, and stick your hook in between the single loop and the two loops.
Yarn over, and stick your hook in between the single loop and the two loops.

 

 

 

yarn over, pull through one loop, so you have three loops on your hook.
yarn over, pull through one loop, so you have three loops on your hook.

Pull your yarn through all three loops, (basically an hdc) and, ta-da! Nice stretchy cord, no base chain.

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