Last summer I was looking for a new project and after a bit of searching patterns and videos I decided to make some crochet jewellery. I came across a video tutorial for 3D Romanian Point Lace Cord which made really pretty bracelets. I didn’t have any crochet thread at this point so I went over to Hobbycraft to find some and came back with several different colours. I watched the video again and began to experiment. It took a couple of tries to get started since the beginning was a bit tricky, but I soon got the hang of making the cord. I tried doing several different knots and loops to keep the bracelet attached but I didn’t quite like anything I came up with, so after another trip to Hobbycraft I came back with T bar fittings and they worked great. I found they needed to be threaded onto the wool prior to starting to make the cord, since that made them more sturdy than just sewing them on. I have a Pandora charm bracelet and way more beads than I can ever wear on it at a time, when made with a 2ply thread and a 2.5mm or smaller hook the Pandora charms fitted great on the bracelets. After making several bracelets with charms I then extended to make a couple of necklaces using the same technique, one with charm beads and another with an old celtic neckace pendant (the cord for which had broken long ago!).
I then decided to expand my jewellery making into earrings. Initially I wasn’t quite sure how to go about this, but after browsing many different patterns on Ravelry and watching a few YouTube videos I started to experiment. As with the bracelets, its easier to thread the earring hooks onto the thread prior to making them, and then just bringing them up at the point you want to attach rather than sewing them on. I have made a few pairs of earrings now and they seem to hold up quite well, although, I wouldn’t recommend wearing them around young children – a couple have come off of the hooks when they have been tugged on. The actual crochet part though has been fine and luckily I have some jewellery pliers to be able to fix them!
I actually have been quite busy since I first started to make crochet jewellery, so I haven’t really made much since last summer until this week. After finishing my 60’s project I talked about a couple of weeks ago (it is currently being blocked and I will share more about this next week) I decided to use the small amount of wool I had left over to make some jewellery to match. I made a cord bracelet using the Romanian technique I talked about above, although this time, without any beads. I then made a pair of earrings picking out one of the motifs in the project. I liked how they looked and so decided to string several of the motifs together to make a choker. I finished this off with a string of single crochet to make a cord either end to tie the choker on. Both the earrings and choker were a bit curled after making them so I blocked them overnight and I am very pleased with the result. I think they will look great as a set with the bracelet and 60s top (it turned from a dress into a top as I was making it).
I hope you enjoyed this week’s post on crochet jewellery. See you next week.
This week I continued working on the gloves pattern. It is near impossible where I love to find gloves with fingers for small children and my daughter is not overly thrilled with mittens. So after having successfully made gloves for Oliver, I worked on making them smaller for Lily. It turns out that only a few adjustments were required to the pattern to make them the right size. I ended up using a smaller hook and 1 strand of DK yarn and I am pleased with the pattern.
Having made Lily her gloves it took a couple of days to convince her to wear them I think she was worried they might be mittens! However, once she had them on she was very please she could move all her fingers! I then started work on completing her winter wear set. She already had a hat so I started on a scarf. I have been wanting to try the C2C (corner to corner) stitch so decided to have a go. Turns out this is very simple stitch and after watching a couple of videos I figured it out quickly and made her a scarf in 1 day (amongst looking after the kids!). I finished it off with a few rows of single crochet and a shell border.
The same day we managed to loose her hat and so since she had glove and a scarf that were made from the same wool I made a hat in a couple of hours to Match adding a flower as decoration. After seeing the set together I also added a flower to them too. She loved trying on her hat and scarf although she does love to play dress up anyway and I am very pleased with her new winter wear set!
I am now only 23 granny squares away from being able to put together my first scrap wool blankst. I hope to have it ready to show you all in next weeks post.
I hope you have enjoyed my second winter wear section! See you all next week.
The weather has been really cold the last few weeks and so this has been a good opportunity to wear the winter wear I have made for the children over the last few months. Oliver now has a complete set – hat, scarf and gloves which are all slightly too big and I am therefore hoping will last him this winter and next. Lily just has a hat but I’m sure over the next few weeks I will work on a scarf and gloves for her too.
Last year oliver was really into space and so I decided to make him a space themed scarf. I made the pattern up although I never actually wrote it down, I know it only took a couple of evenings to make. It has rockets, planets and stars as well so bright colours everything a space loving toddler needs. I think the multi coloured fringe at the end makes it even better. Unfortunately I didn’t write down what I did, however, I suspect I could work it out if I ever had the need to make another one.
Whilst he still lives space as with most toddlers he got an new favourite around his 3rd birthday – paw patrol. Therefore I made his hat to imitate the hat of his then favourite puppy Chase. I used this basic pattern and edited the colours and added a star to make it like the one Chase wears. It turns out that making this hat has made hat wearing more fun this winter and he actually gets upset if I suggest he doesn’t need to wear it out!
Finally after buying and breaking or loosing multiple gloves I decided I would have a go at making him some. I used the broken ones as a template to work with and it only took a couple of hours to work out each glove. I have made a chain string attaching them together so at least they will stay in his coat and not get lost. Hoping they will not break as easily either.
I also had a go at writing down what I did if you would like to try and make some yourself please follow this link. They are for approximately age 3 to 4 but I will probably work on other sizes too since I need to make some for my daughter and also work up to adult gloves for me too. Please bear in mind this is the first time I have written down a pattern so if you find any issues please let me know!
Hope you have enjoyed this week on winter wear. See you next time!