Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Free Pattern In Honor of National Crochet Month 2015!



I am so happy to be participating in Crochetville's National Crochet Month Blog Tour for the third year in a row! Thank you to Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka for organizing it! Each day there will be two crochet designers doing special blog posts, and there will also be daily giveaways. This year, Crochetville is featuring the charity Halos of Hope, who provides volunteer-crafted hats to cancer centers across America. They would love donations of crocheted hats, and/or money that they will use to cover shipping costs when they send hats to cancer centers.

This past year has been a great one for crochet, and to celebrate, I designed an elegant triple strand beaded necklace that can be crocheted in any yarn, with unique results. It is a great pattern for a novelty yarn, such as City Life by Premier Yarns, because the combination of stitches allow the colors to be showcased in a beautiful way.

To give you a few ideas on how other yarns work up in th pattern, I made 2 additional samples. The first was made in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light yarn. I used 3 shades of orange, and I really love the graduated effect of the colors when doing each strand in a different color.


For the second sample, I used Berroco Weekend yarn to show how a cotton yarn looks. Cotton is nice for jewelry because it is comfortable to wear next to the skin, and the weekend yarn has a subtle texture that adds interest to the beads.

The Ultra Alpaca Light is a DK weight yarn and the Weekend yarn is a worsted weight. I followed the pattern instructions exactly, which resulted in the Ultra Alpaca Light version becoming more of a choker. You can easily add or subtract beads from the strands to make the necklace the length that you desire.

I hope I will see many pictures of the necklace made up in different yarns! This pattern is now available as a FREE download via Ravelry

To continue on the Crochetville Blog Tour,   check out Marty Miller's blog today, and visit the blogs of Stacey Vaka and Dora Ohrenstein tomorrow, to see what they have in store for you! You can view the entire month's schedule of designers here.



9 comments:

  1. Shelby, I enjoyed reading your story. I really enjoy your work. Also I have a collection of Workbasket magazines.

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  2. i love this pattern! i have been looking for a simple crochet jewelry pattern. do you give permission for people who want to sell the crafts they make using your pattern?

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  3. What a lovely necklace! I look forward to trying it. Your designs are so unique and interesting. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Shelby, thank you so much for participating with us again this year! We always enjoy seeing what you have to say and offer for #natcromo.

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  5. Beautiful workmanship! Thank you for this gift. "Have beads, will stitch!"

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  6. I love your necklace pattern, I am thinking of using it to crochet a gift for my sister. Thank you for offering it free.

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  7. I love your necklace designs, thank you for the pattern. It is nice getting to know you, very nice site

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  8. Thank you so much, Gwen, Maddie, Kara, Crochetville, brybecky, Frances, Marsha and Cassandra!

    Maddie, I am happy for you to use my patterns to make things to sell :-)

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