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.

crochet anklet with beads

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.

crochet belt with beads

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.

crochet necklace with beads     crochet necklace with beads

Which is your favorite?

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