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1  Re: Olives and vines in Crochet: Completed Projects by veggiechef on: April 16, 2011 12:45:48 PM
This is so pretty.  I'd like to know how to make one like it.  Are there instructions posted somewhere on the site?  I'm new to Craftster so I'm not quite sure how it works.

Kitty, I just improvised this design.  Before you begin crocheting, string the beads onto the thread, keeping in mind that it's better to put too many beads on the string than not enough.  Can't add beads once you've started crocheting.  Then start crocheting.  Make a few chains, pull up a bead, crochet the bead into the chain, and keep on going until you achieve the desired length, pulling up beads at regular intervals.

Closures can be done in a few ways.  You can crochet several lengths of beaded chains, tie the ends together and tie the ends to a split ring or closed jump ring, and attach the clasp findings to the rings. 

Or, you can do what I did, which is crochet the closures, to eliminate the need for metal clasps.  If you are going to do it this way, you need to think about the closure before you start crocheting.  Add all of your beads to the thread.  Begin by crocheting a small bobble, this will be your toggle.  Then crochet your beaded strand to the desired length.  Finish by crocheting a ring that will fit around the bobble you made in the beginning.  Voila!  You have a toggle closure.  Here is one I made a while ago:   

I realize that these instructions aren't very detailed.  When I have more time, I  will make a better tut, with pics.  If you have any more questions, I will do my best to answer them.  You can also look on YouTube for videos of how to make these kinds of necklaces.

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2  Sunny Day! in Crochet: Completed Projects by veggiechef on: April 13, 2011 07:08:26 PM
Czech glass beads in sunny colors on a crocheted golden nylon thread.  Three strands, and no metal findings.  The closure is a crochet loop and bobble.  Thanks for looking!

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3  Olives and vines in Crochet: Completed Projects by veggiechef on: April 13, 2011 07:04:49 PM
OK, I know that olives don't grow on vines, but here they do.  (In my world, anything is possible!)  This necklace is three strands of crocheted olive nylon thread with Czech glass beads in various shades of olive and gold and green.  Very summery!  I think I'm in love with Hobby Lobby, which is where I got the thread and the beads.

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4  Midnight Blue in Crochet: Completed Projects by veggiechef on: April 13, 2011 06:59:15 PM
This is a two strand crocheted necklace in black nylon, with beads of indigo and cobalt colors.  I am really pleased with how it came out.  Can't say it enough-those pre-packaged Czech glass beads are perfect for projects like this.  The beads come already matched, so they look great together!

Thanks for looking!

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5  Think Pink! Girl power :-) in Crochet: Completed Projects by veggiechef on: April 13, 2011 06:55:09 PM
Three strands of crocheted chocolate brown nylon with iridescent pink beads.  This was a really easy project to do.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  BTW- those mixed bags of pre-matched Czech glass beads that you see at the big craft stores-they are AWESOME for making these kinds of jewelry items.

Thanks for looking!

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6  Starrrrrs in Crochet: Completed Projects by veggiechef on: March 12, 2011 07:08:41 AM
I love stars. Looking around my living room right now, I can count about fifteen of them hanging on my walls in one form or another. Oddly enough, I have never attempted to crochet one, until now.  (Weird, I know.)

I got the pattern from someone on Ravelry.  (Oh how I LOVE that website!)

And here's the yarn I used- Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn Sparkle.  It is soooo soft, and affordable!

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7  Re: Post your before yarn and after projects please in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by veggiechef on: March 11, 2011 06:33:10 PM
This is all I have going right now, and while it's not variegated, it does have a sparkle to it.  It's made from Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn Sparkle.  Personally, I think it looks even prettier worked up than it does as a skein. 

I completely understand how it's tough to visualize the fibers in a finished piece sometimes.  In my opinion, the nicest variegations are those with looooooong sections of color that blend seamlessly into the next.  But these kinds of yarns tend to be pricier or harder to find.  More readily available is the yarn called "self striping."  It's great for making socks, slippers and afghans, and it has the long sections of color that I love so much. Remember, the fancier, more colorful, more textured the yarn is, the simpler you will want the stitch to be.  The solid yarns are best for fancy stitchwork. 

Hey welcome to the Crochet world....I know you will enjoy learning and experimenting! Wink Wink Wink Wink
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8  Big Ol' Granny in Crochet: Completed Projects by veggiechef on: January 25, 2011 07:13:51 PM
This is the Granny Square That Ate Richmond.  I started and just couldn't stop. The more colors the better.  It started out as a project to use up some left over scraps, and I loved it so much, I had to go out and buy more "scraps" to make it bigger.  Most of these yarns are Red Heart Super Saver and Caron One Pound and Perfect Match.  Assistant Inspector Zoey is checking my work in the first image.

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9  More Short Attention Span Crochet in Crochet: Completed Projects by veggiechef on: January 23, 2011 12:51:53 PM
Finished this one yesterday.  It will be an embellishment on a hat.  I'm thinking of putting a bar pin on the back, so it can be used on the hat or alone as a brooch. 

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10  Diagonal Box Stitch Throw in Crochet: Completed Projects by veggiechef on: January 11, 2011 09:52:34 AM
Very easy throw to make.  It's done with James C. Brett Marble Chunky, which is the softest yarn ever!

Here's where I got the pattern:http://www.crochetcabana.com/stitches/diag-box-st.htm

To help me figure out the stitch,  I had to consult YouTube for video instructions, but after
I got the hang of it, it went really smoothly.

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