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Oooh! Strands of chains and beads
The beauty of using natural-colored thread is that it can easily be dyed any color on a whim and this time I went for a subtle blue/grey ombré with matching pearl beads nestling randomly throughout.

Posted by edie d. from New York, New York, United States • Published See edie d.'s 41 projects »

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. *Crochet Ombre Necklace* - Step 1
    Step 1

    Basically, this is just one big simple crochet chain. Using the thin pearl crochet thread and a US-C2 crochet hook, I made a long 18' continuous chain. Yes, you read right, I said "18 feet". It sounds daunting but it's really pretty easy even for any beginner. Here are few shots to give you the general idea and a link for quick chain stitch tutorial from theknitwitch.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. *Crochet Ombre Necklace* - Step 2
    Step 2

    Once I had this crazy long chain, I laid it out looping back and forth to get a nice drape of about 11 chain layers. Careful not to tangle the chains, I stitched thru the top of the chains a few times to secure my layout.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. *Crochet Ombre Necklace* - Step 3
    Step 3

    Onto the dyeing! Cover your work surface with plastic to keep it neat and grab some rubber gloves. Soak necklace in warm water for a few minutes and gently squeeze excess water. This helps the cotton to absorb the dye better.

    Shake up and measure 2 tablespoons of Rit Evening Blue liquid dye and mix into 2 quarts of very hot 140° water. If your tap water's not hot enough, simply heat it in a tea kettle or microwave. Immerse the necklace in the dye solution for about 5 minutes taking care not to tangle it up. Rinse under cool water until the water runs clear and hang.

  • Step 4

    I used another plastic container for the grey ombré effect of the bottom of the necklace. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of Rit Pearl Grey powder dye into 2 quarts of very hot 140° water. Stir well to make sure the dye dissolves fully. Holding the wet necklace by to top stitched ends, dip the necklace halfway into the dye bath momentarily and remove. Then dip a little less of the necklace and again a little less. In this way, you will achieve a gradual shading of the grey with the darkest area at the bottom of the necklace drape.

    Oh, and just cause I like to kill two birds with one stone, I decided to dye up some plastic pearl beads to match my necklace. It's very easy to just set aside ½ cup of each dye solution for my beads. Simply drop the beads in the dye solution and leave them in for about 5 minutes as well. All they need is a quick rinse and wipe dry with paper towels.

    When you have a color you like, rinse under cool water until the water runs clear, carefully wash with mild detergent, rinse and hang dry.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. *Crochet Ombre Necklace* - Step 5
    Step 5

    At this point, I could have just sewn any kind of jewelry clasp closure to the ends to make a knock-out choker but I had in mind the versatility of an adjustable neck adornment. I don't know about you but I'm always finding myself with the wrong length necklace for that perfect outfit.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. *Crochet Ombre Necklace* - Step 6
    Step 6

    So here's my simple fix to that fashion dilemma. I simply cut two 40" lengths of grey ribbon to create a tied closure that could be adjusted as I like. To attach the ribbon, I found the center and placed it across the gathered stitched end on the top of the necklace. Next I brought both ends around and pulled them thru the center of the strands of crochet chains. Making sure not to twist the ribbon, cinch the ribbon tight.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. *Crochet Ombre Necklace* - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now the necklace is pretty much ready to go. Just tie the ribbon to any length that works with your outfit du jour and you could head out on the town.

  • How to knit or crochet a knit or crochet necklace. *Crochet Ombre Necklace* - Step 8
    Step 8

    Or... you can add some sweet little embellishments with those matching pearl beads. I sewed 3 large beads where the ribbon is attached to the crochet'd strands, just cause I thought it might make a nice accent. Then I gingerly glued tiny blue and grey pearl beads randomly throughout the strands to give a little extra sparkle. Oh, oh, so swellegant!

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Dawn R.
Dawn R. · Franklin, Pennsylvania, US
This necklace is definitely "swellegant" as stated by Dangerous Person..lol. Since I crochet, I don't know why I haven't thought of it myself! Thank you for the great idea.
martha I.
martha I. · 2 projects
lovely, I will try to make one
cool!i think i'm going to try to make this out of paper.
Babalodious X.
Babalodious X. · 4 projects
This is gorgeous! you did a great job!
edie d.
edie d. · New York, New York, US · 41 projects
Thanks for the ♡, friends! It was super fun to make. I was bored one day and fell into a zen moment mindlessly making this giant long crochet chain. Then this idea for a necklace came to me.
Just a happy art accident!
Nattie Gurl
Nattie Gurl · 58 projects
That is so awesome! Great walk through. thank you!
Dangerous Person
Dangerous Person · San Diego, California, US
Swellelegant is my new favorite word.
karindehaas · 31 projects
Thanks for the inspiration and the instructions, I love it ;)
SyntheticStars · Eastleigh, England, GB · 31 projects
This is so, so nice - I must find my purple crochet thread... or maybe pink if I still have it!! x
M4ri · Seattle, Washington, US · 16 projects
That's really pretty. I first thought the chain stitches were strands of seed beads.
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