Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Crochet Ringlet Necklace and Crochet, Tile and Sterling Silver One of Kind Beaded Wooden Ball Necklace

We are enjoying lovely weather for July it's not been hot at all this summer except a few days we did have 100 degree weather.

We just got back from our trip to Monterey and Carmel California. It was not good weather while we were there but it didn't' rain so that was good, it was just over cast the whole time and chilly.

I got to wear the necklace I made for myself with crochet balls and tiles, I really like it a lot, it's a fun trendy necklace. Below is a not so good photo of me at the beach in Monterey, it was windy and I was very tired.


Just finished two crocheted necklaces recently, I posted them for sale in my Etsy shop at Shiny Moon Beams.

This one is the ringlet Necklace I made with antique copper chain, Aunt Lydia's crochet thread. I think it turned out pretty nice. You can find it at my Etsy Shop here at this link.

The second crochet necklace is the Crochet, Tile and Sterling Silver One of a Kind Necklace.

I love all the lilacs and deep purple tiles. You can find this necklace at this link.

I am working on another one in pink but I had to stop to finish my second Amineko Cat. I finished the first one in Ocean Blue Caron Yarn.
I realized after I had his legs and arms stuffed that most people don't stuff the arms and legs. I had read in the book though to stuff them, so I did. At least that is what I thought I read? I know the book shows two different sizes, well gives directions for two sizes, I made the larger one and it is stuffed.

I am working on a second one in green right now, it is almost done. The first one I gave away to my daughter for her baby boy. I named the Amineko Cat Pippa.  

Have a great week!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

New Crochet Necklace & Amineko Crochet Cat

I'm completely hooked on crochet! Okay that is not all that I am crazy about, I love to bead as well. Yes I love to sew and do paper crafts and try new things.

Recently I received my copy of Crochet Today magazine. There was a pattern in there for Modern Ring Necklace. I liked it a lot and was completely inthralled with it. I had to make it but wanted crocheted beads as well, so I made my own version of it. It's a bit funky and a bit bigger then I would have liked but I will make changes to it later if I don't like wearing it. But for now this is what it looks like. There version of the necklace was featured in the May/June issue. It did not include the crochet beaded balls.




I like this one better, forgot that I had these porcelain rectangles, the other necklace with the crocheted front is out of place and to big. I have more rings! can make a few more in different colors, perhaps to sell on my Etsy Shop Shiny Moon Beans, keep your eyes peeled. 

Here are my other rings, both shell and porcelain in Glazed Purple and Brown Shell Rings

I had put cat's eye beads around them thinking I would attach them to each ring that way, but didn't like the looks of those beads, perhaps some seed beads in matching colors would be pretty next time for more security then the silver links.    

Here is a pattern to follow to make the wood bead covers using crochet.

Materials
Aunt Lydia's size 10 crochet yarn
Round Wooden Beads 20mm or size you desire (Directions Given are for 20mm Wooden Beads).
Stitch Marker
Size 5 crochet hook

Guage 16 sc = 1"
16 sc rows = 1"

Stitch Guide
Sc tog decrease (sc 2 tog)
Draw up a loop in each of next t sts, YO and draw through all 3 lps on hook, decrease made.

Instructions
Ch2

Rnd 1: work 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join, mark beg of rnds.

Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc: 14 sc.

Rnd 3: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 3 times, sc in last 2 sc: 17 sc.

Rnd 4: through 9: Sc in each sc.

Rnd 10: (Sc in next 3 sc, sc 2 tog) 3 times, sc in last 2 sc: 14 sc.

Place bead in crocheted cup, making sure bead hole is placed vertically in the center of the cup.

Rnd 11: (Sc 2 tog) 7 times: 7 sc.

Finish off, leaving a long end. Thread end of tapestry needle and weave through rem 7 sc; draw up a tightly to close, and secure. Weave in ends.

Here is another really cute necklace on the Crochet Today Website by Crafter Org and Jewelry Challenger Winner a Cherry Blossom Necklace by Sandy Meeks it's just gorgeous, I must try this one next.
This Bridal Necklace is really gorgeous also and used Aunt Lydia's yarn also.  I love this Bevy of Bankles bracelets show on the Crochet Today website, I think I will be making those for my girls for Christmas they look quick and easy.  I love all the jewelry projects, but I also love the other patterns in the magazine as well.

There was a little add on page 31 in the Crochet Today about a sweet little cat crochet pattern Hello My Name is Amineko, I just got done stitching this adorable kitty and need to stuff it and sew it together. I made mine with Caron Yarn using the Ocean Blue color. You can find the pattern for the kitty here.  It took me a bit over 2 days to finish the cat, but I only worked on it in the evenings. I can't wait to get it all stitched up though! I am now starting a green cat, cousin to to the blue one I just made. (will show it off in next post).


The book with directions for several sizes and outfits is available at Amazon, but I seen the book at Michael's as well. Amazon sells the book cheaper even with shipping cost of $3.99. Though if you purchase over $30.00 of product from Amazon your shipping is free. 

Happy Stitching!