I have had many, many requests for a How-To tutorial so others could make a Crochet Chain Link Necklace, so I thought I ought to do it :-) These necklaces are simple, pretty & even practical, yep, they're baby proof!
So here's what you need to know to make yourself a Crochet Chain Link Necklace:
What you need:
90m (100yds) DK weight cotton (approx)
4mm (US#6) crochet hook
Wool Needle to weave in ends
Gauge (or tension) is not really important for this pattern. Although if you work in a slightly tighter gauge than normal for this project the links of your chain will hold their shape better :-)
Ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet (sc = single crochet, if using U.S. crochet terms)
yrh = yarn round hook
-Ch 20, join with sl st to form ring, taking care not to twist your sts.
-Ch 1, dc (sc) in each st for 4 rounds.
-Now you will be joining the working edge of your work (top) to the foundation ch (bottom). To do this insert your hook into the next st, then through the bottom loop of the foundation ch that is directly below it (see image above).
-Now yrh, pull through all sts on hook (that was a sl st), now repeat these steps to the end, joining your link together.
-Now you will need to weave in the tail that is remaining (see pics above) (You might be tempted to leave weaving in all the "tails" until you have completed all the chain links, but trust me it is MUCH easier to weave them in as you go :-)
-Now you will roll the sl st join into the centre of your link, and gently squeeze your link to get it into a nice shape. (See pic above)
- Now you will be making your 2nd link, through your first link. Ch 20, join with a sl st to form a ring around your first link (see pic above), complete this link as you did for your previous link.
- Keep adding new links in this way until your necklace is at the desired length.
- When your necklace is at the desired length, "close" your necklace by making one last link between the first link and last link, finish this link as before. Voila! you have finished making your amazing new necklace!!
Of course, you can use different weight yarn if you would like. It's easy, if you're using a heavier weight yarn you might like to start off your links with fewer chain stitches, if you're using a lighter weight yarn you might like to use more chain stitches to create your links. And you don't have to use cotton yarn, you can use anything that you have at hand, or maybe treat yourself to a specialty luxury yarn. Experiment & have fun!
Below are some pictures of other chain link necklaces I have made using various weight yarns & various fibres :-)
Cherry Cotton 4 ply
Saffron Cotton 4 ply
Midnight Wool with silver beads
Noro Sock Yarn
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