Guest Author - Kate Pullen
Crocheting jewelry is very simple – all that is required is a few basic crochet skills and the right materials. Here are some suggestions:
Necklaces are very simple to crochet. Long lengths of the basic chain stitch can make very effective necklaces, particularly when combined with beads or other adornments. A great benefit of crocheting necklaces in this manner is not only are they quick and easy to do, it is also simple to make them to match different outfits or occasions.
Necklaces can be crocheted in wire such as silver, silver plated or colored craft wires, or they can be made from traditional crochet cottons or silks. Wire is hard wearing and resists staining however can be difficult to find or work with, whereas silks and cottons are widely available and easy to work with – however they can get stained or damaged.
Any beads work well with crocheted necklaces and these would be used in the same way that beads are used with any crochet. Many people find it easier to string the beads onto the wire or yarn first. Light beads such as wood, shell or acrylic are particularly good for crochet as these do not pull the stitches out of shape.
Crocheted bracelets can be crocheted in rows of a simple stitch such as Single or Double crochet or a more complex stitch can be used. Crocheted bracelets work best when they are made in a cuff style and are worn close to the wrist. These can be crocheted thick and chunky in bright colors and adorned with beads, or made in a more classic and elegant style. As with bracelets, both cottons and other yarns as well as wire work well. One point to remember about bracelets is that they are subject to hard wear and tear and can get knocked. Therefore the finished design should not be too fragile.
Earrings are great fun to make and can be created using just small odds and ends of yarns. Irish crochet motifs and other designs adapt really well to earrings and these are easy to adorn with beads or other items. Earrings need to be fitted to ear wires and these can be purchased from most jewelry supplies. It is important to make sure that earring fittings are hypoallergenic (this is important for any items of jewelry that are in close contact with the skin)
Experimenting with different types of jewelry can be great fun and lovely one of a kind items can be made which are sure to raise a comment or two and admiring glances.