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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Triangle Motif Anklets and Necklace





One of my favourite motifs for making jewellery is the triangle motif. It looks absolutely beautiful as its shape goes well on the body. In these examples, I use a triangle motif to make anklets and a necklace.



The yarn is Hamanaka Lacy Crochet cotton size 8, and the hook is 1mm steel. I used only black beads: cut beads and tear drop-shaped beads.

Here is the pattern for the motif.

Triangle Motif
Hook: 1mm
Yarn: Black cotton thread 8





Ch 8. Sl st in first ch to make a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, *ch 3, sc in ring, ch 4, keeping last loop of each stitch on hook, make 3 treble crochet in ring, yarn over and pull loop through all 4 loops on hook (3-tr cluster made), ch 4, sc in ring, rep fr * two more times, omitting the sc in the last rep; sl st in first ch made in current round to join.

Rnd 2: Sl st in next 3-ch sp, ch 4, tr in same 3-ch sp, ch 5, *sc in 4-ch sp, ch 3, sc in next 4-ch sp, ch 5, keeping last loop of each stitch on hook, make 2 treble crochet in next 3-ch sp, yarn over and pull loop through all 3 loops on hook (2-tr cluster made), ch 5, rep fr * one more time, sc in 4-ch sp, ch 3, sc in next 4-ch sp, ch 2, dc in top of ch-4 made in the beginning of current round.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in stem of dc, *ch 3, in top of next tr cluster make (dc, ch 3, dc), ch 3, sc in next 5-ch sp, ch 4, 3-tr cluster in next 3-ch sp, ch 12, sl st in eighth ch fr hook, ch 4, 3-tr cluster in same 3-ch sp, ch 4, sc in next 5-ch sp, rep fr * two more times, but in last rep omit the last sc, instead, sl st in first ch made at the beginning of the current round to join.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, *3 sc in each of next 3 3-ch sps, 4 sc in next 4-ch sp, 5 sc in next 4-ch sp, 9 sc in next 8-ch loop, 5 sc in next 4-ch sp, 4 sc in next 4-ch sp, rep fr * two more times, sl st in first ch made in current round to join. Fasten off.




Use a fine beading needle to sew on the beads. Always use the best quality beads that sparkle most beautifully.

But before beading, you might wish to starch your lace. Here’s how.

Starching your Crocheted Jewellery

Lay crocheted lace flat on a few layers of clean cloth. Spray or dab with commercial fabric stiffener. You can also prepare your own fabric stiffener as follows: dissolve 1 tsp cornstarch in one cup of water in a saucepan. Add a tsp of vinegar or salt as preservative. Bring to a gentle boil stirring constantly. Let cool and pour into a spray bottle. You can also use a brush to apply the starch solution instead of spraying. You can also dip the motif into the starch solution and press out excess with your fingers.

While wet, use your fingers to shape the crocheted lace, flatten tips and corners that stick up. When done, let the piece dry completely for at least two to three days.

After starching, sew on the beads and the straps. For the necklace, I used a black satin ribbon.



For the anklet, I used round black cloth covered elastics. I find that elastics are more easy to wear for anklets so I don’t have to bother with buttons or ties. Use good quality elastics for this, the ones that look nice.

With your favourite motifs, you can make beautiful crochet jewellery by embellishing with the best quality beads. Make these for yourself, as gifts or to sell in your handmade shop.