I have wanted to try crocheting necklaces directly onto chains for a while. I saw it somewhere on the internet and thought it looked pretty. It gives a sturdy foundation to the necklace, a little weight and adds sparkle.
This weekend, I found these 18" chains in the craft aisle at Walmart for only $1.50. They are not sterling silver or any fantastic metal, but for the price a great way to try crocheting on them. For the first necklace, I used a pattern I found in Crochet Today Magazine May/June 2010 issue, but modified it a bit.
This was my first real lace project I have done. I used Crochet thread and a size 2.75mm hook. I really like the delicacy of the crochet thread. Very feminine. To lay nice and flat, I used a light starch spray, ironed it a little and let it air dry the rest of the way.
Since I only had white crochet thread. I decided to try this technique with larger yarn. I used Peaches and Creme black for the second necklace.
This necklace is more bulky. It is more punk, while the other is very Victorian. I made this one as I went along. No pattern. I am not completely sure if I like it yet, but maybe once I find the right outfit I will. Either that or I am buying black crochet thread and re-doing it...