Twinkle Links Necklace by Vashti Braha
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Twinkle Links Necklace

September 2010
1.0 mm
0.75 mm
Opera length necklace (see below)
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This is the perfect project for showing off medium-size accent beads that are too fancy to have thread strands covering them (as is the case with most beaded crochet). Seed beads add twinkle to the crochet links.

This β€œopera length” (15.5-inch/40-centimeter drop when worn) necklace is a continuous strand with no clasp. Another feature is that the whole strand is metal-free.

Skill Level: Intermediate (have crocheted with thread)
After following this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to use puff stitches as β€œbeads” for fancy jewelry strands
  • A way to crochet a continuous strand of large link-like shapes
  • How to add beads to crochet without the yarn or thread strands showing on the outside of the beads

Finished Dimensions: Necklace is 31 inches/79cm long and has a 15.5-inch/40-centimeter drop when worn.

Substituting crochet thread: Opera thread has recently been discontinued. Most size #20 mercerized cotton crochet thread will work. Jewelry gets its share of wear and tear, so the higher the thread quality the better. (I love Lizbeth thread.)

A steel crochet hook that is fine enough to fit through the holes of the accent beads and pull a thread strand through will be needed; I used a size .75 mm hook. (Labeled #13 or #14, depending on the brand. Clover’s is #8.)

48 small seed beads size 10/0 (or more, if a longer necklace is desired.)

48 medium-sized (6 mm) accent beads (or more if you prefer a longer necklace); pink glass 6mm cube beads are from a 12-inch/29.5cm strand by Bead Gallery (SKU 7-3342157007-3, Halcraft USA, Inc., Mt. Vernon NY, 10550); I purchased mine from a Michaels craft store (the cobalt beads are from a bead shop). Substituting beads: hole of bead must be large enough for you to use a fine steel crochet hook to pull through a chained length of the crochet thread you are using.

Optional: bead stringing needle