This necklace was my second attempt at rag crochet jewelry. This design has five wire-wrapped glass pendants; a large teardrop-shaped pendant is the focal point in the center, and it's surrounded by four smaller pendants -- two pendants on either side of it.
Skill Level: Easy
Fabric, Matching Thread, and Sewing Machine or Needle: To crochet the necklace band, I used strips of a colorful batik fabric in cool colors -- greens, blues and purples with tiny accents of yellow and orange.
My fabric strips were purchased in the type of bundle that quilters call a "jelly roll." The brand is "Stripz."
My fabric strips were already pre-cut into pieces measuring about 2.5 inches high by about 46 inches long. I cut them in half again the long way so that my pieces measured about 1.25 inches high; then I sewed bunches of strips together to make a rag ball. For this project, you don't need to make a whole rag ball; a fabric strip measuring about 122 inches long will suffice.
Rag crochet strips are typically cut on the bias. This helps to cut down on the problem of frayed edges. The stripz fabric strips are not cut on the bias, and the edges do fray quite a bit. I did not want frayed edges to show in the finished project, so I folded the edges in towards the center, then folded the whole thing in half again, then stitched the folds together using my sewing machine. A sewing machine isn't a necessity; I've made similar rag balls on the road by hand stitching them. It takes much longer, but it's doable. In either case, my resulting fabric strips measure about 1/4 inches after stitching.
You don't need to buy Stripz to do this project, although it's a nice shortcut if you do. If you don't, you'll need to cut your own fabric strip measuring about 1.25 inches by 122 inches.
Crochet Hook: I used a size K hook to crochet these necklaces, but you can use the hook of your choice. The most important thing is that your hook is a comfortable size for you to work with your fabric strips. The K, for me, was actually a little on the small side, but I didn't have a bigger hook handy when I was working on this project.
Pendants or Embellishments: You'll need 5 wire-wrapped glass pendants, or the pendants / embellishments of your choice.
Gauge: 4 inches = approximately 9 ch sts.
Finished Size: This pattern is designed to be one-size-fits-most. I made my sample necklace about 46 inches long including the ties; the ties are extra-long and a bit could be cut off the ends, depending on the wearer's neck measurement. The crocheted area measures about 15.5 inches.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
Prepare your fabric strip.
Thread your five pendants onto the fabric strip and push them about 16 inches or so down the strip.
Decide how long you want your ties to be. I made mine about 12 inches, which is a bit excessive; yours can be shorter if you like.
Leaving the length for your ties unworked, make a slip knot in the spot you want to begin crocheting.
Ch 12. Slide the nearest pendant right up close to the work, [ch 3, slide the next pendant close to the work.] Repeat sequence in brackets until the other pendants have been worked; after the last pendant, ch 12. End off by pulling the rest of the fabric strip through the active loop.
Because you'll be using the ends as ties for closing your necklace, you don't need to weave them in.
Want to see pictures of this? My tutorial shows you more details. Start here; then from there you can click on the numbered links at the bottom of each page to see more pictures and details.