Polynesian Delight Necklace

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

Materials:

3 beads of choice (choose ones with fairly large holes)

Crochet thread

2.5mm hook

Clasps for necklace

Stitches used:

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

ss – slip stitch

 

  1.  Chain desired length of necklace (err on the long side, it can be shortened later).
  2. *sc, hdc, sc, ss* – repeat pattern into chains until you reach the desired position for the first bead.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. *sc, hdc, sc, ss* along the original ch to where you wish to place the second bead.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 for the second bead.
  8. Repeat steps 3-5 for the third bead, remembering to make the same number of scallops on the original ch length in between beads.
  9. 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
  10. Block if neccessary.
  11. Add clasps.
  12. Enjoy.

I hope you like this beautiful necklace and that it becomes a unique fashion accessory to accent your wardrobe!

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Festival Time!!

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The end of February signals festival time in Adelaide.  We begin with the Fringe Festival, which transforms the city, and showcases many different forms of art.  There are musicians, comedians, singers, theatre – anything your heart desires.  I have had the pleasure of being involved in a small way in the last few years through my other passion – face painting.  It is certainly a time when our city is full of people and extra vibrant (Adelaide is awesome any time!).  Of course, if you’re out to see a show or savour the atmosphere in the Garden of Unearthly Delights, you’re going to need a snazzy, festival worthy necklace to finish off your outfit.  And what better accessory for a festival than a hand made one.  I came across this beautiful pattern for the Sylvan Necklace http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sylvan-crocheted-necklace-headband on Ravelry and had to make it.  It was a bit fiddly putting it together but the actual crochet work was very quick and it looks fabulous!  The only problem is, now I’m going to have to make more in different colours!  The perfect accessory for a day (or night) out with friends!

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