Holidays are coming and if you and yours appreciate handmade gifts, then you will have lots of interesting stuff here on the blog in the upcoming weeks.
For today I prepared another installment of the How to Read Crochet Charts Series and it is about a chart of a collar necklace I found on pinterest. Needless, to say I made some alterations of the pattern, just a tiny bit because I didn't like what I was seeing and indeed - I tried it and confirmed my dislike. My changes are marked in green. However, since this regards an easy pattern and will literally take you no more than 10 minutes, I'd say you give it a go. It makes a lovely gift if you enrich it.
The idyllic chart shows this:
In reality you get this:
In order to get that nice, round chain shape, there should be more stitches added to the foundation. I didn't add any - wanted to have it that way. But have that in mind if you give the pattern a try.
I used sports yarn (100% cotton, mercerized) and a 3.00 mm steel hook
1. Chain 25.
2. Turn work and sc 1 in 1st st. Ch 11, sk 7 and sc in the 8th st. Repeat this twice more. Turn work.
3. Sc 1 in 2nd st from hk, "ch3,dc 1", repeat from " to " 3 times, ch 2, sc in between chains. Repeat all this for the other 2 chains. Mind to end the row with 3 chains and a sl st (not 4 as given in the chart, or two as given in the pattern above. Also I made the dc freely on the chain not following the position given in the chart).
4. Ch 1, sc 2, sl st in the dc st below, make a picot. Repeat this 3 times, and after the final picot, sc 2. Repeat the pattern for the other two chains. Sl st, weave ends and you are done.
I used it as foundation onto which I sewed a lace and a fabric rosette, added chains and light pink glass beads and a chain embracing the "collar". Shame the photos do not capture its appearance quite right and do not give this justice. It is more beautiful in reality.