This choker is one of those designs that you could make bunches of times, and it could turn out looking a little different each time depending on the supplies you choose. The version I have pictured above looks feminine and romantic, thanks to hand-dyed crochet thread and delicate, lustrous seed beads.
Imagine if you were to change out the thread colors, and use different beads. If you were to use black thread and metal beads, you could make a "goth" version. Or how about fire-engine-red thread with black beads? If you want a classic look, go for antique white colored thread with little tiny pearls. There are so many possibilities!
Tools and Supplies Needed:
You'll need crochet thread or yarn, beads, and a closure for the necklace. I used a lobster claw clasp, but you can feel free to use any closure that would work for the look and functionality you have in mind. You'll also need a crochet hook and small, thin tapestry needle. Your beads will need to fit overtop of the threaded tapestry needle.
Supplies I Used for the Sample Choker: Plus Suggestions
- Crochet Thread: I used a mystery vintage crochet thread that I found at a thrift store. The thread was stained, so I dyed it using fiber reactive dyes left over after a tie-dyeing session. I estimate that my thread is a size somewhere between a size 3 - 10; it's finer than size 3 but thicker than size 10. This pattern will work with just about any weight of thread or yarn you want to use. Because the pattern is crocheted vertically, you can simply stop crocheting when you reach the length you need. Obviously, you'll end up with a thinner choker if you use fine thread, and a thicker choker if you use yarn.
- Beads: I used 6/0 Czech glass seed beads in a mix called "Purple Passion" by Beader's Paradise. Make sure to choose beads that are compatible with your chosen thread or yarn. Don't use beads that overwhelm your thread; if you use yarn, you'll need beads that won't get buried in the thickness. I'm thinking maybe I'd use large flat square beads if I try this pattern with yarn.
- Crochet Hook: I used a size B / 2.25 mm aluminum hook to crochet my sample choker. You'll want to select a hook size that is suitable for use with your chosen thread or yarn.
How to Make the Necklace:
Measure your neck, or the neck of the intended wearer. Leave a long tail of thread or yarn unworked before making your starting slip knot. Crochet this trim pattern, ending off when the piece measures the length you need it to be. Leave another long tail unworked at the end.
The linked trim pattern specifies that you'll add ribbon at the end; don't add ribbon, because you'll be embellishing with beads instead. (Of course, if you'd like to make a necklace with ribbon, that would be really pretty too!)
Thread your tapestry needle with your thread or yarn. Use the threaded needle to stitch beads onto the piece in the empty spaces in the pattern.
You can use your long tails of thread / yarn at either end for attaching the closure.
Voila! Your choker is ready to wear.