I decided to try out some free form crochet to make a necklace, which I gave to my sister for Christmas last year. I was fairly pleased with my first attempt at this but I wasn't really sure if she liked it. I was pretty excited when she wore it over to my house a couple of weeks ago and even more delighted when she told me that she's worn it out a few times and in work. It gets lots of compliments too.
Obviously, there's no pattern because it's a free form but here's the gist of how I made it:
I got a wire necklace base and fastener thingie in my local craft shop (I have no idea what these things are actually called). I used thick cotton thread in Red, Orange, and Yellow and a 1.5mm steel hook. The trickiest bit was working single crochets (sc) the whole way along the length of the necklace wire. It was insanely fiddly. Once I got going with it, it did get easier though. When I got to the end, I did 3-ch and then sl-st in every alternate sc back to the start. This was fairly dense, but gave the base of the necklace a really pretty scalloped effect.
Next, was the free form bit, starting from the yellow in the centre and working my way to the outside, changing colours as I felt like it. I did this with a random combination of single, double, and treble crochets to create an undulating pattern. I also added in some chains of varying lengths and skipped a few stitches beneath to create the gaps in the pattern. My main concern here was to make sure that the finished product was mainly flat. I did get some flares by the time I got the the final round, but I liked how these looked so that was okay (they came out a bit like overlapping petals). Then I used a combination of single crochets and slip stitches to firmly attach the free form piece to the front centre of the necklace triples. Et voila!
I think I might make a few more of these as they are really quick and easy - I'd say no more than two evenings' worth of effort. It'd be really simple to change up the combinations of colours and have a huge range of variations of this. Next time, I think I'll make the centrepiece a little smaller and the second layer of colour a little stronger. Still, I've got to say I'm very happy with how this little experiment turned out :)