Beaded Crochet Necklace
This beautiful necklace is made with glass seed beads studding crocheted floss and accented with a dichroic glass pendant. The pattern makes a 14-inch long choker necklace, but you can easily adapt it to make a longer necklace as you may desire.
This tutorial accompanies the free crochet pattern for a beaded necklace with a dichroic glass pendant.
- Dichroic glass pendant. You can buy one or make a dichroic glass pendant
- Metallic embroidery floss: 1-2 skeins (8 m / 8.7 yards) of DMC Light Effects embroidery floss
- Seed beads: 81 6/0 glass seed beads
- Crochet hook size C / 2.5 mm
- Clasp or closure
- See also: Supplies for making a different colorway of this beaded necklace
Supplies for Making the Beaded Crochet Necklace
Views A, B and C: The focal point of this necklace is a dichroic glass pendant. Here you can view the pendant from several different angles. View A shows the front of the pendant and includes a couple of coins so that you can get an idea of its relative size. View B shows how it looks from the side, and View C shows the back.
Each dichroic glass pendant is handmade; you can expect differences in the hardware used by artisans when they construct their pendants. When you buy your supplies, keep in mind that the pendant you choose will need to have some mechanism for attachment to your necklace.
When attaching the pendant to the finished necklace, stitching was done through the tiny ring attached to the pendant. If your pendant is significantly larger, or heavier, or configured differently, you might need to find additional hardware or a different method to use when attaching your pendant to your necklace.
View D: This photo shows a different colorway of this same necklace design. Again, coins are included so that you can see the relative size of the pendant used.
View E: Here is the colorway of metallic embroidery floss I used to create the necklace featured in this tutorial. The color name is "Carnivale Fun," and it is from the DMC Light Effects collection.
View F: Here you see more colorways of DMC Light Effects metallic embroidery floss. Any of these would be great colors to use for crocheting a similar beaded necklace.
View G: This photo shows the tapestry needle used for threading beads onto the floss. A size 24 was used.
If you are planning to buy a new needle for this project, a beading needle would be a better choice than the tapestry needle. Beading needles are designed to make it easy to get the beads over the eye of the needle. (If you'd like to see what's for sale on the Internet, you can click here to compare prices on beading needles.)
Depending on the beads you use, it may be tricky to get them over the eye of a tapestry needle. You might find that, if you buy inexpensive beads, their sizes will be irregular; some of the beads could be too small to fit over the needle easily. In that case, you can put those beads aside and use them for something else.
In any case, the beads you choose need to have holes that are large enough to fit over the threaded needle so that you can string them onto your floss.
View H: This photo shows how the beads look when threaded onto the floss.
Notice how the floss is wound into a ball before starting. This will help you to keep your floss from tangling while you are working. Even so, you still have to be careful with it. Be warned that this floss is tricky to work with. It splits and tangles easily.
How to Crochet the Foundation Chain for the Beaded Necklace
Before you crochet the foundation chain, you should wind your floss into a ball, and string your beads onto your floss.
Next, chain 3 (View I.)
Then work 1 beaded chain stitch. To work the beaded chain stitch, first slide a bead right up next to your work so that it is touching the piece in progress. (View J.)Then work your chain stitch. You’ll work it just as you usually would, except that there’s a bead in the stitch; reach overtop of the bead, grab your yarn and pull the loop through. (View K.)
As you can see from view K, the bead is going to fall to the back of your work. If you flip it over and look at it from the other side, you'll see something resembling view L.
Work 3 more chains, and then another beaded chain. Keep repeating those steps until your foundation chain is the length desired, then work 3 more chains. The sample necklace had 28 beads at this point – 115 sts all together. View M shows a close-up of the foundation chain—note that it is photographed on the beaded side; the beads all fell to the back as it was crocheted
How to Crochet Row 1 of the Beaded Necklace
There are a few quirky things about this pattern. The first: Your foundation chain has a bunch of beads in it. Maybe you're not used to that, but it's OK; you can still crochet into those stitches, even though they have beads stuck in them. In fact, that's exactly what you're going to do. Work into every stitch, whether it has a bead in it or not. When working the stitches with beads, it might be a little bit of a tight squeeze to get your hook in there, but you can do it.
Work a slip stitch into the second chain from your hook, (View N) then work 4 more slip stitches for a total of 5. (View O.) Next, work a beaded slip stitch. (Views P & Q.) To do this, you're just going to slide a bead close to your work and then work the stitch as usual.)
From this point on, you're going to work 1 beaded slip stitch, then 3 ordinary slip stitches, all the way across the row.
Again, your beads are falling to the back of the work, so when you look at it from the side you are working, you can't see what's going on with them. (View R.) It might help you to turn the work over and look at it every so often to make sure everything looks OK with the beads. (View S.)
How to Crochet Row 2 of the Beaded Necklace
Another quirky thing about this pattern: there's no turning chain. Again, this might seem weird but go with it. You don't need a turning chain here; usually, you'd work a turning chain to give yourself enough additional height to get the next row of stitches going. Since the next row of stitches here has negligible height—it's a row of slip stitches—you don't need the additional height that a turning chain would give you. That first stitch in the row is going to be awkward, but give it a try.
View T shows the work turned and ready for action, without any trace of a turning chain.
Next, work 3 slip stitches; View U shows the first stitch. After that, work another beaded slip stitch (Views V, W and X.)
Continue working 3 slip stitches and then another beaded slip stitch, all the way across the row.
Notice, at this point, that your beads are now falling to the other side of the work. The goal is to end up with beads on both sides. They're going to be staggered, with more beads on one side than the other. (View Y.)
Attaching the Lobster Claw Clasp Closure for the Beaded Crochet Necklace
View Z shows a package of lobster clasps. This was the chosen closure for the sample necklace, but many types of clasps would work equally well.
If you leave long tails of floss at the beginning and end of your work, you might be able to use them to attach your closure. Thread one of the ends through a tapestry needle, and stitch the floss through the hardware to attach it — views aa, bb, and cc show how mine looks while the stitching is in progress. Yours might look different, and that is perfectly fine.
View dd shows the clasp after it has been attached. After stitching the clasp on, continue weaving in the rest of the loose end as usual.
Alternatively, you might want to weave in your loose ends and attach your clasp separately, and that would work fine too.
You'll also want to attach your pendant. This one was attached by stitching it to the center point of the necklace using a bit of the same metallic embroidery floss. This might or might not work for you, depending on how your pendant is constructed. If your pendant has a large ring, it might fit over the necklace easily. Most pendants will have some mechanism allowing you to attach them— if not a ring; there will hopefully be some clasp or attachment. If not, you can always add any additional hardware necessary to attach the pendant to the necklace.