I think the crochet jewelry has a very special elegance and charm. You may have seen the crochet Picot Necklace that I shared a couple of weeks ago. This crochet Small Shells and Picot Necklace pattern follows the same simple yet pretty trend.
You can use whatever color thread you like, but I chose to keep mine white. I think a thread with a metallic or a pearl strand in it would be exceptionally pretty for this necklace. The charm or pendant can certainly be left out, but I like the look of it, and the extra weight it adds to the necklace.
You will want to block your necklace after you make it. This will prevent curl ups and allow your stitch-work to show through nicely. You can even lightly starch your necklace, if you like.
Small Shells and Picot Necklace
Crochet Thread size 10
Size 5 Crochet Hook
A button for the “clasp”
A charm or pendant of your choice
picot– ch 4, sl st in the 3rd ch from hook, ch 2
small shell cluster– hdc, dc, hdc, all in same stitch, skip next st, sl st in next st (you will begin next shell cluster in the stitch you just sl st in).
Button Hole Clasp:(you can adjust the size of the hole to fit your button by making fewer or more ch. Adjust your sc sts to be twice as many chains)Make a slip knot in your thread, leaving a 6-8 inch tail. ch 12.Join with sl st to first ch to form a ring. Do not turn. ch 1. Make 24 sc inside the ring. Join with sl st to the first sc. Pick up tail, and working with the tail and the thread together, ch 3. Drop tail.
Work the Foundation Chain:Still working with the attached thread, ch 139, being careful not to twist chain.
Start the Button Base:Sc in the first 8 sts. Ch 1. Turn.Sc in each of the 8 sc. Ch 1, Do not turn.
Working in the back side of the foundation chain, sc 8.
Necklace Row 1:
Continue to sc across until you get to the tail you dropped before.
Attach to the Button Hole:Pick up the tail and working with your thread, sc in the last 3 ch.Sc in the first sc of the button loop. Drop the tail. Ch 1. Turn.
Sc in next 3 sts.
Necklace Row 2:
Work the small shell clusters across, until there are just 10 stitches left.Sc in last 10 sts. Turn.
Finish the Button Base:Ch 1, sc in first 8 sts, sl st to first dc.
Necklace Row 3:[Work picot st, sl st in dc of next shell] repeat across. When you reach the last shell, sl st into the next sc.
Finish off. Weave in ends. Block.Attach button and a pendant or charm.