DIY Summer Crocheted Necklaces (Free pattern)

If you’ve been following Mammabook, at least for a bit, you know how I need to experiment all the time. Even if it seems like I am moving in too many directions, well, I need it! And believe me: you need it too, it feels so good to learn something new, and it’s never too late to give yourself a funny challenge (I am actually also trying to learn Spanish by myself, let’s see how far I go… can you leave me a comment in Spanish?!).

So here it is, my new summer fixation: crocheted necklaces!

I always imagined that it would be a quite complicated method, but no, it is actually quite simple – and you can get started with a lot less knowledge that you would need with any other crochet project. Beginners are welcome!

In this post you will find two patterns that I wrote for you, that can very easily be modified depending on your wishes and the beads that you want to use.

I also love how easy it is to transform these necklaces: you can leave the different layers separated or roll them together, and course you can use them anytime as bracelets. You will want to make a lot of them…

This is what you need: thread, and a needle in a matching size, beads (that fit in the needle of course), a bigger bead to make the clasp, a crochet hook (I used a 1,6 European size) and scissors.

When I crocheted the green necklace I was testing the method so I did not write down what I did, but I will give you the instruction for the black necklace, and for the kids’ version. Please remember that you can easily:

  • change the distance between the beads if they’ve a different size than the one I used
  • you can make the necklace and its crocheted-only endings longer or shorter
  • you do not need a clasp if you don’t like it (BUT I strongly recommend it for the kids’ version, so that the necklace can open in case it is stuck somewhere, we don’t want any suffocation hazard!!! And please don’t make it for kids that are too young for it – my daughter, for instance, is already seven).

How it works: the only thing that changes, compared to classic crochet, is that you will need to insert all the beads in the thread before you start crocheting. Choose a repeating sequence, it’ll make the result nicer for the eye.

Once the beads are in place, simply crochet chains, including a bead inside the stitch every time you want. Please look at pictures for more clarity:

And that’s it! Now let’s have a look at the tutorials.

These are the abbreviations that I will use:

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

sl st = slip stitch

crab st = crab stitch (which is basically a single crochet backwards) 

Black Summer Necklace

The necklace in this project is 53 cm long: it will stay a little loose around your neck. As I said before, feel free to add and remove stitches as you like to find the perfect size for you!

Insert in the tread 312 beads: I alternated round see-through beads with smaller matte multifaceted ones. In the necklace they will be ‘grouped’ in series of three, so that you will have two different series alternated – now it maybe sounds confusing, but you will see how nice it looks!

First row:

ch 25 and then 5 more (the first 25 chains belong to the endings, while the next five are part of the ‘hanging part’ of the necklace)

[ch 1 including a bead + ch 1 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 1 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 3] repeat 26 times

ch 31 and turn

Second row:

Begin in the second st from hook.

sc 25

ch 5

[ch 1 including a bead + ch 1 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 1 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 3] repeat 26 times

ch 5

attach yourself to the last 25 st of the row before, and sc 25

ch enough stitches to close around the bead that you want to use for the clasp. You need to make sure that the big bead can be put through, but that at the same time the eyelet is not too loose.

Attach the chain on the other size of the ending.

Third row:

sc 25

ch 5

[ch 1 including a bead + ch 1 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 1 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 3] repeat 26 times

ch 5

attach yourself to the ending, and sc 25

Fourth row:

Stitch around the ending then sc 26

ch 5

[ch 1 including a bead + ch 1 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 1 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 3] repeat 26 times

ch 5

attach yourself to the ending, sc 25

when you reach the eyelet, sc inside the hole enough times to cover it nicely

sl st, fix the thread and hide it with the needle inside the stitches

Attach the big bead on the other side.

Extra rows:

Your necklace is already done! Would you like more layers? Than attach the thread at one ending and repeat the sequence as many times as you want, just attaching yourself at the endings, without working on these parts anymore. Of course, you will need to use more beads:

ch 5

[ch 1 including a bead + ch 1 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 1 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 3] repeat 26 times

ch 5

attach the thread

repeat as much as you want!

Sophie’s Summer Necklace:

The necklace in this project is 34 cm long: it will stay a little loose around a girl’s neck. Feel free to add and remove stitches as you like to find the perfect size. For safety reasons, I highly recommend keeping the clasp in your project (read above please). To prevent choking hazards, please do not make this necklace for kids that are too young for it!

Insert in the tread 90 beads: this is a repeating pattern of five different beads where #2 and #5 are much bigger than the others. To make the pattern work, please choose a similar sequence.

First row:

ch 15 and then five more (the first 15 chains belong to the endings, while the next five are part of the hanging part of the necklace)

[ch 1 including a bead + ch 3 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 3 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 1 +  ch 1 including a bead + ch 2 + ch 1 including a bead] repeat 9 times

ch 21 and turn

Second row:

sc 15 starting in second stitch from hook

ch 9

[ch 1 including a bead + ch 3 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 3 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 1 +  ch 1 including a bead + ch 2 + ch 1 including a bead] repeat 9 times

ch 21 and turn

attach yourself to the last 15 st of the row before, and sc 14

sl st and close

Attach the big bead on this side.

To make the eyelet:

attach the thread at the beginning of the ending without bead.

sl st 15

ch enough stitches to close around the bead that you want to use for the clasp. You need to make sure that the big bead can be put through, but that at the same time the eyelet is not too loose.

attach the chain, ch 1 and turn around

sc inside the hole enough times to cover it nicely

attach the thread

now crab st all around the eyelet (doesn’t it look cute?!)

sl st 15 in the ending, then fix the thread and hide it with the needle inside the stitches

Extra rows:

Would you like more layers? Than attach the thread at one ending and repeat the sequence as many times as you want, just attaching yourself at the endings, without working on these parts anymore. Of course, you will need more beads:

ch 9

[ch 1 including a bead + ch 3 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 3 + ch 1 including a bead + ch 1 +  ch 1 including a bead + ch 2 + ch 1 including a bead] repeat 9 times

ch 9

attach the thread

repeat as much as you want!

…and these are your favorite patterns for the summer to come! Would you like me to share what you made? So please tag Mammabook on Facebook and Instagram (@mammabookmb), and send me your necklaces on Pinterest!

I am looking forward to see what you’ve done!

[If you want to support my work, you can always buy the pattern HERE – it is also a lot easier to print it out this way!]

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