snakes bone

IMG_2745Despite the not-so-nice, yet descriptive, moniker, the Turkish lace pattern, “snakes bone” has pretty results. And while it looks complicated, it’s actually a very simple pattern to follow:

IMG_2770Begin by stringing an even number of beads on your thread. Chain one to start and then pull a bead down, chain around it, flip your work over 180 degrees and crochet a single stitch in the first chain you created. Repeat from where you pulled the bead down. Deceptively simple, right?

IMG_2755The necklaces pictured are made with hemp – resulting in sturdy, casual pieces of jewelry. I like to use magnetic clasps on my work for easy on-and-off. If you’re feeling brave, try working the pattern with a sparkly bead on one side only, perhaps in nice a soft thread to create an elegant choker.

Visit Bead Crochet Snakes for a step by step tutorial with pictures.

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a tisket, a tasket

A really tall basket…

I love when inspiration strikes. This time it came in the form of a pretty new stitch that I learned and it seemed a shame to stop at standard basket height. So I kept going. And now I have yoga mat bags to add to my line-up on etsy. Brilliant, right? Well, maybe not brilliant, but definitely fun and a functional project for yogis on the go.

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If you’re new to crocheting, a yoga mat bag is a great beginner project. The premise is pretty straightforward, begin by creating a circle base that is slightly larger than the diameter of your rolled up yoga mat. Just about any stitch will work for the walls of the bag – if you’re looking for ideas check out 262 Crochet Patterns. End the bag a couple inches shorter than the height of your yoga mat for a snug fit – the weight of your yoga mat will stretch the bag around the top of your mat. Most of the patterns I’ve found sew the strap horizontally from top to bottom, I created mine vertically. Either way, be sure to secure the strap securely at the top and the bottom because those are the weakest points of the structure. Emily at Joyful Abode posted a yoga mat bag pattern that is very similar to what I made.

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vintage versatility

It seems like crochet necklaces are becoming more popular. I don’t have any stats to back that statement up, but if you search for crochet necklaces on etsy the variety of styles and materials available is pretty astounding. The style of necklace I make is based on the vintage necklaces I have from my great grandmother. This style is sometimes referred to as a “chain necklace”, comes in varying lengths and lacks a clasp. The beauty of the style is their versatility — they can be worn long, layered or knotted as a bracelet, belt, necklace or anklet. They may not be pieces I wear every day, but I find when I need something to complete an outfit one of these does the trick.

My favorite way to wear a long crochet chain is wrapped multiple times as a bracelet. For a business outfit I may layer the bracelet over my sleeve. In the summer I wear a few chains for a casual but chic look.

crochet bracelet with beads

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Similarly, the chain can be wrapped around the ankle.

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Given enough length a crochet chain makes an elegant belt. Drop one end of the chain through the loop of the opposite end, lariat style, or tie a loose knot.

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Choker, lariat, knotted, layered or long — the crocheted chain really shines as a neckace. The length determinds what you can achieve here, of course. Shorter lengths can be worn long as a single strand or layered. Just about any length can be knotted.

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Drop one side through the loop of the opposite side for a choker with an offset dropped section.

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Which is your favorite?

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crochet necklaces with beads

trig crochet necklaces

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