It’s that time of year again – summer is approaching (though weatherwise it’s already here in France – we are having the hottest and driest spring ever) and I want to crochet small things, like necklaces or bracelets.
This time around, I wanted to use a laceweight bamboo yarn, to explore its shine and softness.
You will need approx 5 g or 30 m (35 yds) of laceweight yarn, and a 2 mm (US steel 4) hook.
Start with an adjustable ring.
Round 1: 6 sc in adjustable ring. Tighten ring. Place a marker in the first stitch – move this marker up for each new round. You will work in spirals, without closing rounds. The marker shows the beginning of the round.
Round 2: 2 sc blo (= in back loop only) in each st to end of round – 12 sts.
Rounds 3 – 4: Work straight in sc blo.
Round 5: *1 sc blo in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc blo in next st*. Repeat from * to * to end of round – 16 sts.
Rounds 6 – 7: Work straight in sc blo.Round 8: *1 sc blo in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc blo in next st*. Repeat from * to * until 1 st remains at end of round. 1 sc blo in last st – 21 sts.
Round 9: Work straight in sc blo.Round 10: 1 sl st in every st (through both loops). Remove marker and make 1 sl st in 1st st of round. Fasten off.
Wonderful! You’ve just made 3 hats for very small elves!
Row 1: 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in each ch to end of row – 125 dc (the 2 ch at beg of row count as 1 dc). Fasten off. Turn work.
Row 2 (WS): Attach yarn with a sc in 48th st, ch 10, skip 6 sts, 1 sc in each of next 3 sts, ch 18, skip 11 sts, 1 sc in each of next 3 sts, ch 10, skip 6 sts, 1 sc in next st, 1 sl st in next 2 sts. Turn.
Row 3: 10 dc in 10-ch sp, ch 2, 10 dc in same ch sp, 18 dc in 18-ch sp, ch 2, 18 dc in same ch sp, 10 dc in 10-ch sp, ch 2, 10 dc in same ch sp, skip sc and next st, sl st in next st. Fasten off.
Pin out the necklace wrong side up on an appropriate surface (I used my ironing board). Make sure to stretch the necklace to desired length and give it a rounded shape (see picture). Place a pin in each of the three 2-ch sp in row 3. Steam or spray and let dry.
(Don’t block the bells.)
Weave in the end at the edge of each bell. Thread the starting end (at center of bell) on a needle and string some beads on the end. Go back with the needle through the beads (skipping the first one).
Adjust the beads so they hang slightly below the edge of the bell, like stamens in a flower. Weave in end at top of bell, and (provided it is long enough) use it to stitch the bell to one of the 2-ch spaces in row 3 of the necklace.
Repeat for the two remaining bells.
Sew a metal closure of your choice to the ends of the necklace. If your necklace turns out a bit long, fold over the ends and stitch them down to shorten it.
And here it is!