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Monday, May 14, 2012

Crocheting a Necklace

I wear glasses.  I wear reading glasses and I wear sunglasses.  I lose my glasses a lot.  There seems to be an direct correlation between how much money I spend and the likelihood of me losing the glasses. The really expensive ones sometimes get lost on the way out of the mall... Sigh...

But, seriously, I misplace my glasses a lot.  But I don't really care for the long lanyard with a loop glasses holders that are out there, so that wasn't really an option for me.  What I really wanted was something that was so pretty, no one would ever suspect that (in the privacy of my own home) I sometimes loop my glasses through it for safekeeping.

I had picked up some plastic cabone rings the last time that I was at the craft store, and I was excited to experiment with them. The 3/4" size seemed a perfect fit for my project.

On my first try, I experimented with a crochet/macrame combo using the cabone rings and some hemp cord. It looked exactly like I had wanted, but it was a little scratchy, and I didn't like the sliding closure I put in the back.

So, I got out my trusty size 3 crochet cotton and re-made it.  This time I just crocheted long ties, so I could adjust the length each time I wear it with a simple knot.

I really like how it turned out.  I was showing them to my mom, and she insisted that I sit down and make one for her immediately. If you need one right away, I will give you my (very simple, very minimal) instructions.

The (Glasses Holding, shhh!) Necklace
approx. 25" long
Supplies:
Size 3 Crochet Cotton in the color of your choice, or a fine hemp cord if that's more your style
Size D crochet hook
One 3/4" plastic cabone ring
Four 1/2" plastic cabone rings
Sharp yarn needle

Okay, so there's not an exact way to do this.  Grab the big cabone ring.  It's going to be your center.  Sc over the plastic.  It will take between 25 and 30 sc stitches to go around.  When you can't squeeze any more stitches on, sc the last st to the first st.  Cut the yarn at this point and weave the end in.

Sc the same way around all four of the smaller cabone rings.  They will take about 15 sc stitches.  After you sc the ring of stiches together, leave a longish tail for attaching them together.  Use the picture for reference.  Use two of the rings to make a Mickey-Mouse-ish shape, then attach the others on the outside so that no one else notices that you're wearing a Disney icon. Weave in all those ends, please!

Now that you have your center piece complete, attach the yarn on one side (it doesn't matter which, you'll do the other side as soon as this side is done) and chain 71.  
R1: starting in 2nd ch from the hook, sl st across all 70 ch spaces.
Fasten off.  Leave a tail and weave it into the ring to secure the side piece.
Repeat on the other side.

If my instructions have scared you, I want to reassure you that once you get going, it is the simplest project in the world.  The hardest part is weaving the ends in, and that's just basic sewing.  If you're on the fence, I say go for it!

Okay, so me and my glasses are off for the day! I hope you have a good day too, dear Dynamos!
xoxo

19 comments:

  1. Great idea! I wish I could go without my glasses but I like to see where I'm going! :-)

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    1. Ahahahaha! You comment has been making me chuckle all day, Charlotte!
      Jaime

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  2. I'm making this necklace this week!! Just found you and love your site!

    Blessings,
    Donna

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  3. Hi Donna! I'm so glad that you found me! Thank you so much!
    xo Jaime

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  4. What a brilliant idea.....love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I always have my glasses perched on the end of my nose because I don't like those other kinds of glasses holders. This is just purrrrfect. Thank you so much, can't wait to get started.

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie C! I thought so too!
      xo Jaime

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  6. Great idea and perfect instructions! Thanks!

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  7. "This time I just crocheted long ties, so I could adjust the length each time I wear it with a simple knot."

    Dumb question...will you explain how you close the necklace? (The simple knot?) I'm afraid I'd tie a tight knot and not (hee hee) be able to get it off, or worse, have a perpetually-shortening necklace!

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    1. Hi Anonymous!
      I tie it in the shoelace-bow kind of way. It's just a simple bow. If you don't yank it too tight before making the bow, it shouldn't choke you or shrink on you. Hope that helped!
      xo Jaime

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  8. Thank you for the pattern! I'm going to make one for my MIL. I might make one for me just cuz I like the necklace. My glasses are practically a permenant fixture. ;)

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  9. Great idea!!!! Thank you for sharing! I can put both my eye glasses and my sun glasses on this and not look as foolish as I do when I put both of my glasses on top of my head. Thank you for making this a free pattern.

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  10. Love this. Thank you. Can't wait to make this. If it turns out nice, I will make some for stocking stuffers.

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  11. Just pinned this. Can't wait to try it. I also agree with jude.

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  12. I just read your post out loud while my hubby was in the room. At first he thought I was just talking to him...That sounds so MUCH like me! :D lol

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  13. I can't wait to try this! I wear reading glasses & need them often enough that having to dig them out of a case is too much trouble & the end of the arms are too large for traditional chains so i have to get the bigger sports kind & they're just not cute or feminine or imaginative... so this is just perfect! Thank you so much! I just found your site and an thoroughly enjoying it. Have a great day.

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