Crochet jewelry is one of my favorite things to design, and ever since I created the Doodle Scarf for the 2011 Interweave Crochet Accessories Issue, I wanted to try to use the pattern to make a necklace. Recently, I found some amazing pearl cotton thread at my local yarn store, and I knew it would be perfect for this. It is just the right thickness, it is comfortable to wear next to the skin, and it has a beautiful sheen. Perfect for jewelry!
I crocheted the pattern as written in the magazine, and used a size B/1 (2.25mm) hook. Instead of making tassels on the ends, I used the chain loop at the end of the last pineapple as a fastening loop and I crocheted a bobble and stitched it to the other end to be the fastener. To make the necklace appear as a continuous circle, I crocheted the chain loop instructions for joining the pineapples on one end only. I liked the bobble so much, I decided to make 5 more to stitch on top of the flowers and where the pineapples are joined. I am planning to try making bobbles for the scarf version as well!
This is how I made the bobbles:
Rnd 1: Ch 4, then make 8 dc into first ch.
Rnd 2: Sc in first st, then in every other st around to close up bobble. Fasten off.
It would also be fun to crochet the flowers, pineapples, and bobbles in different colors, for a festive summer necklace.
|Unfastened Necklace to Show changes to Ends|
|Since the Fastening is Invisible, You Can Wear it with Either the Flower or Pineapples at the Center Front|
For best results, the necklace must be carefully blocked. Pin it out on a blocking or ironing board, and steam block. I usually like to wet block, but I found that the pearl cotton looses its sheen when wet blocked.
The Doodle Scarf pattern that can be used to make this necklace, is now available for individual sale on Interweave's website for $5.50.