Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Summer Necklace - free crochet pattern


This is quite different from the freeform crochet necklaces I am getting ready, but I had the design for this necklace for such a long time, and actually planning to post it at the beginning of spring, as a "welcome spring" post, but alas, not everything turns out as planned. 

Nevertheless, if you like it, here's the materials and the pattern: 
* sport yarn and a 1.9mm hook (UK 3) (US 5) 
* sewing thread in color of the necklace (preferably)
* sewing needle for sewing the flowers and beads on, tapestry needle for weaving ends.
Optional: glass / pearl /seed beads, sequins.
Stitches: chain (ch), chain space (ch-space), skip (sk), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc). 
American terminology used.

Leafy necklace
Foundation and row 1: Ch40 and starting from 2nd st from hook, hdc1 in all sts across (39). 
Row 2: Ch3, turn work, sk1, sc1 in next st. Repeat this pattern across. There should be 19 chains. Cut yarn, tie a knot and weave the tail.
Row 3: We are going to work the leafy part now. With necklace face, up front, insert same yarn into the 7th ch-space and ch10 (5 for the stem and 5 for the leaf), sl st1 in 2nd st (of the 10 chain), next hdc1 in next 2 sts., sc1 in the next. One leaf made. Next, ch10 again and repeat the above pattern for the leaf. Repeat this once more but this will be the ending leaf, so crochet the leaf pattern, but after the sc stitch from the leaf, sl st1 in the existing stem 3 times. From there, ch5 and work the leaf pattern. When the leaf is done, sl st again in the same st you started the leaf, sc1 in next 2 stitches and when you come to the leaf on the other side, sl st in that st too. Sc1 along the stem for 2 sts, sl st in the third (where you'll begin to make the next leaf) ch5 and work the leaf pattern. Repeat working the stem and leafs until you reach the ch-space. Sc1 in the ch-sp. We will call this "the side branch". Sl st in the st dividing 2 ch-spaces and from there, ch 3 (thus here we skip this ch-sp.) and sc in the next st dividing ch-spaces. Sc in next ch-sp and ch10 for the next "leafy branch". The two central branches are a little longer than the side ones. You repeat the same pattern for this, except that you add an extra leaf, so instead of 2 on each side +plus the central one, you make 3 on one side (+central one) and 4 on the other. When you are done, repeat the chaining part. After the third branch, work the pattern for the side branch. Finish as for all branches. Cut yarn, and work the tail. 


Flower pattern: Ch3 and hdc1 in 1st st. Ch3 and hdc1 in 1st st of that small petal, then sl st in very 1st st. Repeat this pattern 3 more times, each time sl stitching the petal in that very 1st st. Make as many as you like. I made 8 - 2 on each branch. 

Work on the arrangement of the flowers that appeals to you. Sew the flowers on. Decorate with beads if you want to add a bit of soft glam. 

Insert yarn at the side of the necklace and chain as many as you deem necessary so as to make the tying adjustable. Finish it by using the leaf pattern, so it ends with small leaves. 
Do so for the other side. 


Do let me know if you make this. I would love to see it!


Divya N said...

Looks like Spring! It will be great to wear over a close neck white tee or dress.

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

You made another beautiful necklace Maya, and so nice on your daughter!

Maya Kuzman said...


Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you Julie!

April J Harris said...

That is so pretty! Thank you for sharing the pattern, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

Anonymous said...

Love this! Look for your necklace to be featured in this week’s Creative Compulsions!


Kim said...

This is such an inspired design, Maya. Love those floating leaves punctuated by the pretty crochet flowers.

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you April! It's always a pleasure joining your party!

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you so much Michelle!

Maya Kuzman said...

Thank you Kim. It's simple, but an eye catching one :)