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Crochet Jewellery: When Two Crafts Collide!

Crochet Jewellery: When Two Crafts Collide!

Crochet has not only experienced a big resurgence in recent years, but it’s also undergoing some what of a modern-day transformation! Whilst the old-school crochet favourites, including granny squares, blankets and winter accessories have become hugely popular once more, there is a new trend rising: crochet jewellery.

When we think of jewellery, most of us imagine elastic thread and wires – what we’d expect to see in accessory stores! In reality, jewellery-making can be far more diverse, borrowing techniques from a multitude of other crafts! Here we explore what a simple crochet stitch can do to transform your jewellery-making, and share a simple crochet jewellery-making project you can try at home, whether you’ve ever crocheted before or not!

It can be difficult to find unique jewellery, especially on the high street. Thankfully for us crafters, we know a better way… why buy mass-produced jewellery, when you can create your very own one-of-a-kind collection?! And what better way to make your jewellery truly unique, than to introduce a little crochet into the making process? So many crafters are now turning to crochet to open up their creative possibilities.

The best part about it? Necklaces and bracelets are so small that you don’t have to learn many stitches at all!

This type of jewellery is quick to produce and simpler than crocheting a jumper or stuffed toy. The techniques enable you to create standalone knots and loops in all sorts of shapes and patterns — the only limit is your imagination!

We asked resident jewellery-making expert, Sarah Millsop, for her thoughts on the colliding worlds of crochet and jewellery, and here’s what she had to say…

Crochet: The Crossover Craft

Crocheting is a fabulous and versatile technique. The basis of this technique is working with one strand (thread, ribbon, yarn, etc.) and a working ‘loop’, as opposed to knitting, which works with rows of ‘loops’. This means that crochet can lend itself to jewellery really well.”

“By using a single chain stitch, I can create a simple necklace without the need for any metal findings. People often have sensitive skin and don’t get on well with metal findings like clasps and jump rings, but by creating a soft, fluid piece with crochet, you can do without!”

“I love to see crafters experiment with crossover crafts and skills. Many crocheters wouldn’t think they could use their skill set to make beaded jewellery. Likewise, I’ve only ever learnt to crochet for jewellery. The fact I can do basic stitches has led me to try my hand at home decor projects too!”

Sarah Millsop’s Crochet Lariat Necklace

This very simple but effective necklace is made using a simple stitch. The most difficult part of this jewellery is just pre-threading all your beads! As this is a long lariat, there are no metal findings or clasp, so it’s also a great piece of jewellery for anyone with sensitive skin. Simply wrap it around as many times as you like and you can adapt how you wear it, as you like.

If you already know how to crochet, it’s quite simply a single/chain stitch knotted and glued to secure when you achieve your desired length. If you’re yet to learn, follow the simple steps in my project. This is a great use of TotallyBeads metallic threads, ideal for many projects!

Let us know what you create with any crafting crossover! Love, Sarah.

Read the Full Crochet Lariat Necklace Project Here!

Check out our Crochet Beginner’s Guide to learn more about this versatile craft!

Keen to get started? Whether your passion is crochet or jewellery-making (or both!) we’ve got all the supplies you need to get creative on the Create and Craft website! Stock up today, and see what you could create!



3 thoughts on “Crochet Jewellery: When Two Crafts Collide!”

  • Hi I have tried this and like the effect but find the threading of the beads on beforehand puts me off as it is very time consuming and I like to pick up my hook and yarn and just go – [a bit impatient I know]. Any tips for speeding it up?

    • Depending on the size of beads you are using, you can use an easy eye needle (one where the whole body of the needle allows for threading), but the holes in your beads will need to be big enough to take a double width of thread. Otherwise, run/dip a few inches worth of your thread into a wet glue (like PVA) or clear nail polish. Allow it to dry and cut the tip to a fine point. Your thread will be rigid enough to use it as a needle and it will also prevent the end from fraying.

      Hope this helps, love Sarah x

  • Hi Sarah
    I currently do paper crafting and sell my cards, and also a little sewing but want to get into jewellery making as something to do for myself. I thought I would first attempt to make bauble hooks for the Christmas tree but am not sure what gauge of wire to use. Can you help?

    Thank you in anticipation.
    Karin

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