Monday, July 11, 2011

Crochet Chain Link Necklace Tutorial

Hello friends!
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

© Copyright Shara Lambeth Designs 2012. Copyright remains that of the author at all times. The pattern is for personal use only. Reproduction of this pattern in anyway (electronic, email, photocopying, transcribing etc) is strictly prohibited, except with the explicit permission of the author. Please do not sell the pattern or the finished product that is made using this pattern without permission of the author, as this is a direct infringement of the copyright laws protecting this pattern. Also please be aware that copyright laws vary from country to country (sometimes even from state to state), I am Australian, in Australia, therefore my patterns are protected by Australian copyright laws. This copyright protection still stands no matter what country the item is made in or who makes it. Thank you :-) 


mamita said...

thanks for this great tutorial.
even if i am french, i did understand everything !
i love your necklace, i'll try it !

Shara said...

Thanks Mamita :-) I hope the photographs are useful :-) I hope you enjoy using the pattern and wearing your new necklace :-)

Imogen said...

New mission in life Shara.
I'm gonna get fit so I can commission a crochet bikini from you! Love you work.

sister outlaws said...

Thanks Shara! I'm going to try this - Nanna bling!

The Beading Gem said...

This is a fabulous tutorial! I love how changing the colors makes each necklace so different. I will definitely be linking in a future post so others can come visit!


Kerrie said...

I have a huge crush on this necklace!!! Thanks for sharing this great design.

Shara said...

Thank you lovely ladies! :-)
Imogen, PLEASE do that! I'm desperate to have an excise to make a crochet bikini, I have so many glorious patterns :-)
Sister Outlaws: Hahaha! Nanna bling!!! You just made me laugh so much! Love it!! Thank you :-)
Pearl, please do link it, I love sharing the love of crochet!!
Kerrie, I also have a huge crush on these necklaces :-) I wear mine non-stop, and the love is not fading :-) hehehe

Maggie said...

Hi Shara,

I just wanted to let you know that I featured your project on my site, I linked to this project:

I would like to know if I can link like this to you, including a photo, in the future. Or if you would be willing to allow me to post projects in full on the site - full credit will always be given to you, of course. It would be yet another source of traffic to your blog.

Please let me know, I would love to work with you further.
Maggie Kmiecik

Shara said...

Thanks Maggie :-) I've sent you an email :-)

paintergirl said...

Brit SC seems to be an American Slip Stitch (sl st) ...
And an American DC = a Brit Treble ... so do you actually mean :::: American SC / Brit DC?

These conversions do my little brain in ... sorry!!!!

uhooi said...

Wow,, It's a very sweet, beautiful and creative,,

Shara said...

Phew PainterGirl! Lucky you're on the ball! Thank you for noticing and for taking the time to let me know :-) I must have been suffering from a temporary case of crochet conversion dyslexia! It's all fixed now :-)

summer pickles said...

wow - this is amazing! and much simpler to follow than the 1940s/50s patterns i am frowning over at the moment! thankyou x

Miss Bias said...

Great DIY. Very thorough in presenting the steps clearly. My sister crochet's, I might ask her to make me a necklace.

Miss Bias

marygabriella said...

Complimenti per il tutorial, e grazie per averlo condiviso. Mi piace molto!

clais said...

Obrigada, pelo passo a passo, mesmo não falando ingles, dá para fazer um
muito bonito. Beijos

Shara said...

Ola Clais! Obrigado, estou feliz que voce gosta disso :-)

Whitney said...

Thank you so much for this!!! I'm linking to it on my blog :) I used a heavier weight yarn, did a few mods, and made it into a garland for my tree. I'm loving it! So thank you again for sharing your skills :)

zoesmum said...

This is great! Because of health issues I am finding it harder and harder to use double ended needles and 4 ply yarns as they are so small and until now that was the only way I could find of making a chain link necklace. Woohoo! I'm back, baby! Excellente!

Shara said...

Hello zoesmum :-) Yay! I'm so happy to read your message :-) I'd love to see your results :-)

teariana said...

Thank you so much for this pattern. I love it, it is gorgeous. I am already thinking of variations using this as a base. Plus I think that if I use the pattern for the ring without encircling it into a chain link but making it 15-18 inches long that will make a good base for other type of necklaces without having to do an i-cord, much less time consuming too.

Aaron and Andrea Parker said...

This is amazing, just one question, can you do this same thing with hearts?

Shara said...

Hello Aaron and Andrea Parker :-) I'm glad you like the tutorial :-)
Do you mean make heart shaped chain links?? I haven't tried that, but anything is possible with crochet :-)

kamala n. said...

hai shara, this is good ,and i'll try it

Joanna Stanton said...

Thank you for sharing your talent! Love this!!

Shara said...

You're welcome Joanna! I'm glad you're enjoying the pattern :-)

Rosalia Cosentino said...

Ciao! Sono italiana, molto bello il tuo tutorial, grazie. Rosalia

Shara said...

Ciao Rosalia! io sono felice che ti piace il modello! avere una buona giornata

teariana said...

Didn't realize I'd already commented on this, too funny. I'd forgotten all about it. I've seen many crochet patterns for necklaces and this one has then beat for elegance, ease of crocheting and etc. love it!

B said...

Love this! Is there anyone I could get the written pattern? For some reason I am not good with following along with tutorials, I'm better just with the written pattern. Thanks!

Shara said...

Hello B :-)
I'm glad you like the Chain Link necklace :-)
The written pattern is exactly the same as the text in the tutorial, I've just added photographs of each step to help with making the pattern. Give it a go, don't be put off by the "tutorial" title :-)
Have fun with it!!

gustoandgrace said...

I don't crochet, but I love the look of this chain link! I'd really love to have a 6-8 foot garland of this in white. Would you be willing to make and sell that to me? If so, how much?

Fairfax Avenue said...

My daughter reports that my grandson loves his soft toy! I'm inspired to make several for baby gifts.

Shara said...

That lovely to hear Fairfax Avenue :-)

bookpeoplestudio said...

Great pattern! I featured it in a roundup on my blog today and actually connected it to Christmas. ;-)

cucicucicoo: ecological living said...

This is so awesome! I'm now working on your Voyages Beanie as part of a CAL and happened to find this. Love it! :) Lisa

Shara said...

Hello Lisa,
Thank you so much for your message :-) I'm really glad you're enjoying the patterns :-) Who is running/doing the CAL? I'd love to check it out :-)

cucicucicoo: ecological living said...

Hi Shara, it's actually a joint KAL/CAL on Facebook, here's the link:

Though you may not understand much because it's a group of Italians working on one knit and one crochet pattern, both of which are in English. The point is to learn how to read English instructions. I'm a US expat, so I can read them fine, but I'm doing it so I can learn more of both knit and crochet. I just learned the basics of crochet a month or two ago.

Actually, that brings me to a question about your voyages beanie, but perhaps it would make more sense to ask it in the comments for that post, so I will do that now! :) Lisa

Shara said...

Hello Lisa, Thank you for the link. It sounds like a really good idea for a group! Please see that I have replied to your other message on the Voyages Beanie pattern page :-)

Dianna Townsend said...

This a great pattern. This would make a great handle for a crocheted bag.

Florencia said...

Great pattern I just finished one for my self. And live it.

Jouwena Terblanche said...

Thanks for sharing this great tutorial. I was knitting something simular last year, but the links are much bigger. Will you please allow me to use this pattern of yours to crochet about 20 of these necklaces to put on my market table? You can email me at

Natasha Barlow said...

Hi. Sorry if this is a silly question but I'm new to crochet and have been trying to teach myself. On each of the 4 rounds do I chain 1 first or is that just on the first round?
Thanks, Natasha

Shara said...

Hello Natasha :-) That's definitely not a silly question :-) You only need to do the chain 1 once at the very beginning. You just keep working around the ring (without the need to join each round with a slip stitch etc) for 4 rounds, as it it's a spiral continuing around. This helps to avoid any sort of visible "seam" :-) I hope that helps :-)

Natasha Barlow said...

That's great Shara, thanks :-)

I'll see how I get on.