Crochet Some Jewelry!
I learned how to crochet when I was four or five years old. My mother and my grandmother had a seemingly endless supply of crochet hooks, yarn and ideas, and my sister and I grew up with a steady supply of warm, handmade crocheted sweaters, hats and vests.
When my sister and I first learned how to bead crochet, one of the first things we learned was, of course, chain stitch. When we felt lazy and didn't want to do anything but chain stitch, we would crochet jewelry for ourselves and spent many hours crocheting necklaces and bracelets out of colorful yarn and thread. It wasn't until many, many years later when I was taking beading classes at my local bead store that I learned how to do bead crochet by making bead crochet ropes. From making those bead crochet ropes, I started exploring other ways to make crocheted jewelry again, both with and without beads.
The first thing I tried to do was to crochet with wire. (This was before I realized that I wasn't very good at making wire jewelry.) My first pieces of crocheted wire jewelry were just a tangled mess of wire, but when I showed them to a silversmithing friend of mine, she quickly jumped on the idea and started making beautiful crocheted chains for her handmade silver jewelry using fine silver wire. Inspired by her pieces, I went back to my wire crochet projects, and found that when I included some freshwater pearls and crystals, my messy looking crocheted wire jewelry was actually pretty cool!
But of course, if you're not keen on working with wire to make crocheted jewelry, there are other ways to use crochet to make elegant jewelry. One of my favorite sellers on Etsy makes intricate and colorful crocheted jewelry out of cotton yarns and fibers that looks like it belongs on a high fashion runway. Think about a crocheted doily or your favorite crocheted lace — the patterns in these adapt beautifully for making crocheted jewelry.
Even if you're a beginner at crochet and bead crochet, you can still make unique and stylish crocheted jewelry. And if you want to learn more about crochet, you definitely want to check out Crochet Me. You'll find free crochet patterns and eBooks, tutorials, a photo gallery and a forum full of folks who love to crochet!
So what kind of a crocheter are you? Do you stick to strictly bead crochet, or are you a cross-crafter who enjoys making crocheted accessories and clothing?
P.S. Check out some of these great crocheted jewelry projects from the Crochet Me Shop!
|Victoria's Choker Necklace by Tracie Barrett||Tatiana's Earrings and Cuff by Robyn Chachula||Teardrop Necklace by Olga Buraya-Kefelian|