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Lacy gear for the neck..
This project began as many of my other projects begin: with a pin from pinterest.com (gotta love that site...). The pin was a picture of string crocheted onto a necklace chain with big links, and I really liked the idea. The problems were that A) I didn't have chain with large links (and neither was I about to shell out money to buy that) and B) the crochet pattern was pretty plain for my tastes. To circumvent this, I just created my own version, and here it is!

Posted by Conn from San Francisco, California, United States • Published See Conn's 100 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Picture of Crocheting with wire
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    If you've never crocheted before, see this link (http://crochet.about.com/od/crochetstitches/u/Crochet_Stitch_Instructions.htm) for great step-by-step tutorials. This project only requires knowledges of four stitches: chain stitch, single stitch, double stitch, and slip stitch.

    Crocheting with wire is hard; the wire isn't as flexible as thread, of course, so don't expect it to bend exactly as you want. Just be patient, and work slowly to avoid kinks in the wire.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 2
    Step 2

    Begin by looping the wire around your hook, making sure you leave about a 1.5" tail, (I used my thick hook to make larger loops) and twist the hook a few times to create a secure loop that the hook can fit in.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 3
    Step 3

    Do a chain stitch like you would with actual thread; this may be tricky so you might want to practice before actually beginning. Do as many chain stitches as you like for as long a festoon pendant as you want AS LONG AS IT'S AN ODD NUMBER. I ended at 11 stitches.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 4
    Step 4

    To neatly finish the ends of your wire, cut the wire loose from your spool and insert that end into the last loop. Pull and use your fingers until that twist lies flat with the rest of the wire instead of creating a kink.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 5
    Step 5

    Do that one more time (insert wire into last loop...) before wrapping the wire around a cylindrical object (I just used the handle of my crochet hook) and then wrapping the wire around the base of that loop to seal it off.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut off excess wire flush with the loop and use pliers to flatten out the end as much as possible so that it won't poke you. Repeat this with the other end of the wire, and the wire portion is complete!

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 7
    Step 7

    Loop the end of your thread through the last loop in your wire crochet (not the loops that you wrapped at the VERY end; just the last CROCHETED loop) and pull the thread that's closer to the spool of string through that loop.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 8
    Step 8

    Pull the tail to tighten and you now have a (kinda) slip knot for crocheting. Insert your hook (I now switched to the smaller hook size) to begin.

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    Step 9

    Picture of First row
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    Begin the first row by doing three chain stitches. Then do two double stitches, looping through the first crocheted loop on the wire chain. Do two chain stitches and then three double stitches, this time looping through the next crocheted wire loop on the left of the first. Again, do two chain stitches next and an additional three double stitches, looping though the next wire loop on the left. Repeat that until you've finished three double stitches on the last crocheted wire loop.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 10
    Step 10

    So in essence, the first row is just repeats of three double stitches, two chain stitches.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 11
    Step 11

    Flip your crocheted work thus far and begin row 2!

    Begin with three chain stitches followed by two double stitches, looping through the two chain stitches from row 1. Do five chain stitches and then two more double stitches, looping through the next set of two chain stitches on the left of the first two double stitches. Rinse and repeat until you've completed two double stitches looped in the last set of two chain stitches from row 1. Then just do one double stitch, this time looping though the top of the left-most double stitch.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 12
    Step 12

    In a nutshell, the second row consists of repeats of two double stitches, five chain stitches (but three double stitches at the ends).

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 13
    Step 13

    Ready to advance to row 3?

    I think you are. ;)

    Do three chain stitches and then five double stitches, looping through the first set of five chain stitches from row 2 below. Chain stitch three times and then do five double stitches, looping through the same set of five chain stitches from row 2. Chain stitch three times and then do a slip stitch at the top of one of the two double stitches on row 2 below. Do seven single stitches in the next set of five chain stitches on the left. Then chain stitch three times, and do five double stitches, looping through the next set of five chains stitches. Chain stitch another three times, followed by five more double stitches on the same set of five chain stitches. Repeat this whole process until you've finished the last set of five double stitches and chain stitched three times. Do the slip stitch at the top of the left-most double stitch.

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    Step 14

    Basically, the third row comprises of complicated repeats of three chain stitches, five double stitches, three chain stitches, five double stitches, one slip stitch, seven single stitches.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 15
    Step 15

    To seal the end, do one chain stitch and wiggle your hook until the loop attached to the hook is fairly big. Cut through the middle of the loop, and pull the string attached to the spool of thread until your pendant is detached from the spool.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 16
    Step 16

    To hid the tails, just insert your hook into a nearby hole in the side and pull the tail through. Insert you hook into another nearby hole and again, pull the tail through.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 17
    Step 17

    Repeat until about 0.5" of tail is hidden before cutting the thread. Repeat for the other end.

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    Step 18

    To add to this pendant, I used headpins and seed beads. I just put two seed beads onto a headpin, cut it short, leaving a 0.25" end, and curled the end into a loop. I also wire-wrapped a teardrop bead as a central dangle.

    The windows in the lacy crochet were a perfect place to put the seed beads, and of course the teardrop dangled from the center point. Add any combination of charms and beads to your pendant though; be creative!

  • Step 19

    If you want, you could (and I would suggest..) use fabric stiffener or glue to make the crochet thread sturdier. Dip the thread (SANS EMBELLISHMENTS) into a mixture of equal parts glue and water and set aside to dry on wax paper. That method is the economy way, but it's not as perfect or elegant as the fabric stiffener way would be.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. Mixed Media Crochet: Festoon Pendant - Step 20
    Step 20

    To finish up, all you need is a length of chain and two jump rings to attach the chain ends to the loops at the ends of your festoon pendant.

    Now you can flaunt your new pendant with pride!

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onelmon
onelmon · Shinjuku, Tokyo, JP · 11 projects
This is beautiful! I love your necklace creations
Conn
Conn · San Francisco, California, US · 134 projects
Haha thank you! Your projects are quite great too; that butterfly bow looks amazing!
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