Necklace experiments

Success . . 

20190322_112657This is so simple, but so nice. It’s made of DK man-made fibre, which is a bit shiny.  I crocheted 4 long chains using a 3mm (I think!) hook and then braided them together. I made it to match a new dress I bought. It doesn’t really look crocheted and it’s perfect with my dress. I need to do some calculations for how much yarn I need for a length of braid to avoid wastage.  I was so chuffed with this necklace that I made this . . .

 

 

Flop . . .

20190322_112742The idea was to make a necklace for Sarah’s birthday. She loves orange and I wanted to see what happened when I used two colours. This is man-made DK but without the sheen. The green was on the outside of the four strands and the orange in the middle.  This created two vertical stripes down the length of the braid. The result is like a wooly, garish snake – more suitable as a child’s toy than a grown woman’s necklace. You live and learn!

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Kate’s and Rachel’s necklaces

Following on from my hairpin crochet experience I’ve had a little foray into braiding. I tried kumihimo, lucet and now macrame.  I liked the results of all three but couldn’t imagine making anything sizeable out of kumihimo (I’m too impatient) despite the wonderful wooden tool (marudai) they use. I like the lucet – it’s simple and very portable – and will probably experiment with it more. But the most versatile, easiest and most creative seems to be macrame.  These are my first two attempts for friends’ birthdays this weekend.  They were very simple to do and I’m pretty pleased with the results (if not the photos). I want to try more complex braiding with macrame now and it’s on my to do list for when I finish part 1.