DIY: Beaded Crochet Necklace June 05 2012

This beaded crochet technique is fun to do and quick to work, with lots of possibilities in yarns and strings, to beads. We're going to make a necklace that can be worn long or doubled up. Or, wrap it around your wrist a few times and wear it as a bracelet. My instructions follow the assumption that you know how to do a basic crochet chain. 

Here's what you'll need:

  1. Crochet thread, embroidery thread, baker's twine, or any lightweight yarn.
  2. Scissors
  3. Embroidery needle
  4. Small crochet hook (4-5mm)
  5. Beads with holes large enough to fit your twine/yarn and the needle

First, thread your beads

Using your embroidery needle, thread a good number of beads onto your twine. You'll need 85 beads for the necklace shown (about 3 beads per inch).

Next, crochet...

Remove the needle and make a slip knot in the end, leaving a 6-inch tail.

 

Chain 10, then slide a bead to meet your hook and chain around it as shown below. Chain 1 more.

Repeat this pattern (chain around a bead, chain 1) until you reach the desired length.

To finish off, chain 10 again, then cut the twine, leaving a 6-inch tail. Pull the tail through the last chain and pull tight. Then tie the two end tails together and tie a bow to give it a finished look.

Try different colors of twine, different beads, or try more chains between beads, or none. Make it longer, shorter, anything you like. Have fun!