April Learning Topic: Crochet Diagrams
Are you ready for a brand new crochet-along? I know I am! When I chose this project as a potential candidate for the April crochet-along, I had no idea how much time and effort would go into it but great things come at high costs right? I put a great deal of effort into making this intermediate level design beginner friendly. I limited cuts in the video in order to give step-by-step instructions in real time. That being said, I also had to break this tutorial up into two videos because it was simply too long to upload as one video. Are you ready to start making this stunning crochet necklace?
Gather your supplies…
- One ball size 5 Crochet thread
- Size B (2.25 mm) hook
- Small darning needle
- 15 beads large enough for crochet thread
- Chain (16″ or 18″ recommended)
- Pendant (optional)
What to expect…
As I mentioned before, the crochet-along video has been broken into two separate videos because of the excessive size of the file. In total, the tutorial itself is nearly 2.5 hours long and you can expect to work at least 3-4 hours on your crochet necklace. If you are a beginner, I encourage you to study the diagram provided and try to follow along with the video. This is a great way to learn to read diagrams! Don’t worry, if you think the diagram looks like its written in some foreign language. I go through each symbol on the tutorial to help you understand what you are looking at. For those of you who are intermediate or advanced level crocheters, you probably will not need to watch the video, but rather use the diagram.
- Slip stitch
- Single crochet
- double crochet
- Treble crochet
Note that this pattern is NOT a B.hooked crochet original design.
This pattern is in the form of a diagram. I mentioned on the video that I would include written instructions as well. I am currently in the process of writing and testing them. I strongly encourage you to use the diagram instead since our learning topic with this crochet-along is reading diagrams.
This is the diagram you will be using:
Go ahead and print a copy of this diagram so that you can mark your spot if you need to put your project down.
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of reading a diagram. Once you get used to seeing the symbols you will probably find yourself preferring to use a diagram instead of a written pattern. Diagrams are typically used for more complex designs, or those designs whose instructions are just too complicated to put into words.
You will notice 5 different symbols in the diagram for this necklace. Each symbol corresponds to a specific stitch. For example, you will see several “x” throughout the diagram. That is the symbol for the single crochet. In the video I go into more detail about the symbols and how to read the diagram.
Crochet Chandelier Necklace: Part 1
Crochet Chandelier Necklace: Part 2
The best part about having a themed monthly crochet-along is getting to see all of your beautiful projects! You can share your pictures on the B.hooked Crochet Facebook page or if you are on Instagram use #bhooked or #bhookedcrochet.