These necklaces are crocheted using colorful strips of fabric. The crocheting is completed entirely in the humble chain stitch; the necklaces are also embellished with wire-wrapped glass pendants.
If you're interested in getting started with rag crochet, these necklaces are an easy -- and quick -- introduction to the technique. Before you jump into crocheting, say, an entire rag rug or even a smaller project like a rag bag, why not give one of these necklaces a try? It'll give you a chance to practice crocheting with strips of fabric, and to make sure you enjoy the process, before you commit yourself to a really time-consuming project.
The two necklaces pictured above were my first two attempts at making rag crochet jewelry. I'm so happy with how they turned out; they're colorful, vibrant and much more wearable than I anticipated when I started out.
These necklace designs were inspired by the pendants themselves. I owned the pendants for several years before I figured out what I should do with them; up until now, they were never quite right for any of the other projects I attempted to use them in. The loops on these pendants are large, and they didn't look that great when worn on a simple chain or cord. They needed something more substantial than either of those options.
It finally occurred to me that they'd make the perfect embellishment for necklaces crocheted out of strips of fabric. The fabric strips are hefty enough to fill up the large loops, and the pendants add a nice amount of weight and visual interest to the crochet work.
Table of Contents:
- Page 1: Project Intro; this is the page you are currently reading.
- Page 2: Free crochet pattern for the necklace made in warm colors -- This is the one pictured above right, which has 3 wire-wrapped glass pendants.
- Page 3: Free crochet pattern for the necklace made in cool colors -- This is the one pictured above left, which has 5 pendants.
- Page 4: Beginning of the Necklace tutorial. See a picture of the rag ball with glass pendants strung onto it.
- Page 8: How to make wire-wrapped pendants