How to Make a Crocheted Necklace

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Introduction: How to Make a Crocheted Necklace

About: I'm a designer, maker, writer, and artist based in upstate NY.

This past week, a friend's mom came to visit and she taught me how to make these cool crochet necklaces. She even gave me some yarn and a ton of beads to make my own! So here I am, now on my fourth necklace, and I thought I'd share the tutorial with you! Basically, you'll be crocheting three strands of crochet thread with beads on them and then braid them together. Ready for the full tutorial? Alright, here we go.

You'll need beads (I used light and dark green), pliers, a beading tool, a size G crochet hook, super glue, scissors, two lobster hooks, a clip and some ladder crochet thread. (You could also use different kinds of crochet thread/yarn, as long as the beads will fit!)

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Step 1: String the Beads

First, you'll need to put a whole bunch of beads on your crochet thread. You can do that by using a beading tool. It's basically thick floss in the shape of a giant needle. Put the crochet thread through the beading tool, put beads on the end part and then pull them onto the crochet thread. Be sure to put plenty of 'em on there.

Step 2: Crocheting the Strands

You're going to be making three strands of crochet thread. Make sure they're all the same length! That's pretty important. I made all of mine about 20 inches.
For the first strand:
Make a slip knot, chain ten, add bead, chain five, add bead, chain seven, add bead, chain five, add bead, chain seven, add bead, chain five, add bead, etc.. Until you reach your desired length. After that, chain ten stitches.
For the second strand:
Make a slip knot, chain ten, add bead, chain seven, add bead, chain five, add bead, chain seven, add bead, chain five, add bead, chain seven, add bead, chain five, add bead, etc.. Until you reach your desired length. After that, chain ten stitches.
For the third strand:
Make a slip knot, chain ten, add bead, chain six, add bead, chain six, add bead, chain six, add bead, chain six, add bead, chain six, add bead, etc.. Until you reach your desired length. After that, chain ten stitches.

Step 3: Braid

After you have all three done, tie them in a knot, right before the first ten chains start. Braid them together until your reach the end of the last ten chains and tie another knot.

Step 4: Attach the Hooks

Now grab your lobster hook, and attach it onto the end of the necklace, right before the knot you just tied. Clamp it down using your pliers, then clamp the little hook down. If you want, you can use super glue before clamping to make it extra secure. Tie your ends in a knot again and either hide your ends or cut them off with some scissors.

Now do the same for the other side, but before you clamp the little hook part down, add the clip.

Step 5: You're Done! (Other Versions)

Now put it on your neck and prepare to get a ton of compliments.
The first one I made, I used a simple, thin yarn and decided to use yellow/gold beads. I didn't braid the strands, and added a charm instead. I like that one a whole lot! This tutorial is basically a base tutorial, meaning you could do a whole bunch with it, like add charms, make more or less strands, add more/less beads, etc.

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    19 Discussions

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    MarilynP26
    MarilynP26

    3 years ago

    There is a metal ending that would work for you all. It has two fold-over sides - knot and clip the end fibers. place glue on the fibers and alongvthe base. Fold over the two sides and press firmly. This finding has a loop on the end on which to attach a jump ring to the closure.

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    CindyW82
    CindyW82

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi, MarilynP26! Could you tell me where I could get a metal ending such as the one you speak of here? Thanks!

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    Joaniecriste
    Joaniecriste

    Question 2 years ago

    How do I knot the thread at the end of a crocheted necklace

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    Joaniecriste
    Joaniecriste

    Question 2 years ago on Step 3

    How do I tie a slip knot at the end of a necklace

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    montecarlono1
    montecarlono1

    5 years ago on Step 5

    What a Great Mother In Law!!! Have fun!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    maplunkett
    maplunkett

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Could you tell me where you buy the beading tool?

    Lovely necklace and great instructions

    Thanks

    Trish

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    bartleyb
    bartleyb

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I make crochet necklaces. I think a good finish is to use a crimp bead at end then cut your strings and add your o ring and lobster clamp. can order these all together on ETSY. I use these on my single crochet necklaces.

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    Imaloafer
    Imaloafer

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks so much, elewis03! That made it all work out for me!

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    Imaloafer
    Imaloafer

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I tried this and love the necklace! I had difficulty securing the ends, though. In the necklace pictured in your instructions, what did you actually do with the ends? Thanks!

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    ellygibson
    ellygibson

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hi! Sorry for not making it very clear. I tied the ends a whole bunch of times, weaved them a little through the crocheted part, then glued them to the necklace using nail glue/super glue, then cut off the excess. It's not the prettiest, but it's better than just tying and cutting.

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    ChrysN
    ChrysN

    6 years ago on Introduction

    It is so pretty, I loved the colour of the yarn that you used.

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    canida
    canida

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I love it! What's the name of the yarn you used?

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    ellygibson
    ellygibson

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    It's ladder yarn.
    Here's some: http://www.craft-e-corner.com/p-45401-premier-city-life-ladder-yarn-shell-games.aspx?utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=products&utm_content=PLA-60809&cagpspn=pla&gclid=CLCrl8Oth7cCFY9FMgodFQ0AxQ