Hello – it’s been awhile! I must apologise for dropping off of the face of the earth for the last few weeks. We had an awful run of illness in our home, which finally got me, and I just had to stop and let myself heal. I’m hoping that the warmer weather will bring better health for us all!
I have not, however, been quiet on the crochet front. Stopping meant lots of time to just sit and crochet, and I have been working on numerous projects that I will share with you all in the coming months!
Today though, I thought I’d share a free pattern with you all to say thanks for you patience while I was out of commission. It is a necklace that I have designed that was inspired by Polynesian island decoration. If I’m being honest, it hasn’t worked out as I had hoped. The beads are quite heavy and pull it into a rectangular shape when it is on, but I’d hope that using different, lighter beads might help it sit better.
So, without further ado, here is the pattern!
Beaded Polynesian Necklace
3 beads of choice (choose ones with fairly large holes)
Clasps for necklace
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
ss – slip stitch
- Chain desired length of necklace (err on the long side, it can be shortened later).
- *sc, hdc, sc, ss* – repeat pattern into chains until you reach the desired position for the first bead.
- Thread the first bead on to the chain and move it up so it is tight against your last stitch. Chain a length that will wrap the bead tightly from hole to hole. Ss in closest ch on original length to hold the bead in place. Ch1, turn.
- Work sc around the chain length around the bead (Please note:- although you made it tight, it will end up with some give – that’s normal). You need to end up with a multiple of 4sc – each group of 4 will create a “picot”. Also, from an aesthetic point of view, odd groupings are more pleasing to the eye, so I would do a minimum of 12sc (3 groups of 4).
- Ch1, turn. *sc, hdc, ch 5, ss into beginning ch (picot formed), sc, ss* repeat for the number of groupings you have, taking you back to the original ch length.
- *sc, hdc, sc, ss* along the original ch to where you wish to place the second bead.
- Repeat steps 3-6 for the second bead.
- Repeat steps 3-5 for the third bead, remembering to make the same number of scallops on the original ch length in between beads.
- Returning to the original ch length, *sc, hdc, sc, ss* to the end of your necklace, being sure to match the number of scallops to your beginning number of scallops. Finish off
- Block if neccessary.
- Add clasps.
I hope you like this beautiful necklace and that it becomes a unique fashion accessory to accent your wardrobe!