Tuesday, May 10, 2016

More necklaces

Blue Freeform necklace 
I made two more necklaces in the last few days.

The first was another freeform jobbie, graduating from pale blue, to aqua, to royal blue.  I wasn't sure if I liked how the freeform bit turned out though.  I think that maybe I need some more practice to be able to judge how better to make them.

For the blue necklace, I crocheted the base first: single crochets (sc) the whole way around the wire; then ch-3 and sl-st in every alternate sc back to the beginning.  Then I made the freeform bit using single (sc), double (dc), half trebles (htr), and treble crochet (tr) stitches as I felt the urge.  Plenty of chains and skipped stitches to create gaps and loops too.   I worked the freeform piece directly onto the ch-work of the base to secure it in place.

Purple spiral necklace
After that, I felt the need for something with a bit more structure for the second one and came across this deceptively simple spiral pattern.  (The only real complication arose from trying to keep myself untangled!)

This time I used pale blue, pale pink, purple, and cerise.  It also made sense to start with the spiral itself and then continue working in cerise to create the base of the necklace.  This secured the spiral in place without the need for sewing in.

Much as before, I worked a base of sc (from centre-point to end) and then 3-ch and sl-st in every alternate sc back to the centre.  There were a few extra sl-st on the last couple of 3-ch groups lining back up with the central spiral.  Then I continued on in sc to fill in the other side of the base (from centre-point to the other end).  3-ch and sl-st in every alternate sc back to the middle again and secure with some more well-placed sl-sts as I reached the centre.

I've been looking at some more freeform stuff online and there are some lovely how-to guides for shells that incorporate spirals and bullion stitches.  I might give some of those a go for the next batch!

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