Minverva Blogger Project - Crochet Jewellery

For my March Minerva project I decided to go for something completely different.  It’s a much smaller project than my others, but I’m really happy with it.

Inspired by the numerous “statement” necklaces you see everywhere at the moment I decided to crochet myself one.

I decided to use the DMC Pearl Cotton size 5, and then had to narrow down the colours I wanted to use.  There are lots!  In the end I picked three that looked good together (in my opinion!) but that had a high level of contrast.  I wanted each individual element of the necklace to stand out, so you could see the individual shapes as well as the overall shape.

Then I went searching for a motif to use.  Again, there are lots, but I finally settled on this one, which I found on crochet.about.com

I modified it slightly after playing around with it as I decided I didn’t want the scalloped edges.  I also tried a couple of different sized crochet hooks and settled on a 2mm one. 

For the larger motifs I made the starting ring, then used rounds 1 to 3 of the pattern, finishing off with a round of single crochet (US terminology) to provide a bit of stability to the edges, as I knew I would be inserting the jump rings into them to link them together.

I made one large motif in each colour, then 2 small motifs in each colour.  The small motifs are just the starting ring and round 1 of the pattern.

Once I’d made these motifs I started playing around with a layout, not sure at this stage if I wanted any more pieces added.  I decided not to add any more, as I didn’t want the finished necklace to be too big. 

This layout looked about perfect to me.

I used small silver jump rings to join the motifs together, making sure that the individual pieces wouldn’t flip over during wear.  In the photo below you can see where I placed the jump rings.

I then used a single jump ring to attach some chain to one side of the necklace and draped it round my neck so I could work out my desired length.  I cut the chain to this length and attached it to the other side with a jump ring.   Then I cut the attached length of chain in half and added a lobster claw clasp to one cut end and a jump ring to the other. 

The chain, jump rings and clasp are included in the kit.

Further experimentation led to me making a coordinating bracelet.

For this I made 3 small motifs in pink and three in jade.  The pink ones then had row 2 of the motif added in blue. 

To join them together I started with a green one and did a single crochet in 8 of the double crochets in the ring, then picked up a pink/blue motif and did a single crochet stitch in 16 of the stitches in the outer round.  Then going back to a green motif I did single crochets in 8 of the double crochet stitches.  I repeated this until I got to the last pink/blue motif, where I did single crochets in 36 stitches around the edge.  I then worked my way back down the other side with 8 stitches in a green motif and 16 in a pink/blue one til I got back to where I started from.

After weaving in the ends I added a single jump ring to one end and a lobster claw clasp to the other.  If you have very small hands you could permanently join the bracelet into a bangle type cuff.  I can just about slip this over my hand without unfastening the clasp.

I can’t wait for the sun to shine so I can put on a nice summery top and wear my new accessories!
If you'd like to make your own crochet jewellery, you can buy the kit here.





  1. Oh wow these are beautiful! You should definitely make some to sell. Maybe white and metallic gold for summer. Mmmmm....

    1. Thank you! White and metallic gold would be gorgeous for summer, thanks for the idea!

  2. Really lovely. What a great idea!

  3. This is a wonderful idea, Sam. I often find that mass produced costume jewellery looks cheap, but this necklace looks fresh and summery.

    1. Thanks Sarah Liz. An added bonus is that this is really light to wear as well, unlike some costume jewellery.

  4. Sam that's so clever! And what gorgeous colours you chose, I love the pearlised affect too.

    1. Thanks Winnie! I love the colours together.

  5. Gorgeous! What a cool project.


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