Abundance

A wide variety of pearls embellishes this free-form crocheted necklace. The delicate wire and subtle array of white hues make it a perfect necklace for a wedding or any other formal occasion.

Designer: Mirtha Aertker

1716 inches (44.5 cm)

Materials

12 ivory/light gray freshwater pearls, 18-mm stick

1 ivory Majorca pearl, 15-mm round

1 white freshwater pearl, 14-mm diamond

2 peacock freshwater pearls, 10-mm flat square

6 ivory Majorca glass pearls, 9-mm round

4 ivory Majorca glass pearls, 7-mm round

18 light gray freshwater pearls, 6-mm potato

75 white freshwater pearls, 4-mm potato 20 white freshwater pearls, 4-mm button

2 to 6 sterling silver crimp beads (optional)

1 sterling silver box clasp with marcasite 15-mm round

3 spools of 28-gauge silver craft wire, each 25 feet (7.6 m) long

2 spools of 32-gauge silver craft wire, each 25 feet (7.6 m) long

+ Instructions

1. String an assortment of pearls onto one spool of 28-gauge wire in the following sequence: One 4-mm button, one 7 mm Majorca, one gray potato, one square, one gray potato, one 9-mm Majorca, one gray potato, one 9-mm Majorca, one gray potato, one 9-mm Majorca, and one gray potato. String on one I 5-mm Majorca and repeat the rest of the sequence in reverse. Set this strand (later referred to as "strand l") aside.

2. String the following pearl sequence onto one spool of 32-gauge wire: Nine 4-mm buttons, one 7-mm Majorca, twenty 4-mm potatoes, one 7-mm Majorca, thirty-five 4-mm potatoes, one 7-mm Majorca, twenty 4-mm potatoes, one 7-mm Majorca, and nine 4-mm buttons. Set this strand (which will be referred to larer as "strand 2") aside.

3. String one white stick pearl onto the remaining spool of 32-gauge wire. String on a sequence of one white stick and one gray potato four times. String on one stick, one diamond, and one stick. String on one gray potato and one while stick four times. String on one stick. Set it aside (it will subsequently be referred to it as "strand 3').

4. Make a slip knot at the end of strand I, leaving a 3-inch (7.6 cm) tail. Slip the 5.5-mm hook inside the knot. Chain nine with wire only. Working with the strands pearl sequence, make three chains that incorporate one pearl each. Chain eight with wire only.

5. Chain one, incorporating one pearl, and chain one with wire only. Repeat until you've used up all hut three pearls. Chain eight. Make three chains that incorporate one pearl each. Chain nine and leave a 3-inch (7.6 cm) tail.

6. Use strand 2 to make a second row of crochet directly off of the crochet done with strand 1. Beginning on the inner end of strand I and leaving a 3-inch (7.6 cm) tail, use wire only to chain stitch until you reach the square pearl. Set down the hook.

7. Pull up one 4-mm potato until its about Vi inch (1.3 cm) from the last chain. Fold the wire down around the pearl (figure I). Grasp the pearl and wire tightly in your thumb and forefinger and make tight twists, creating a little pearl stem (figure 2). Repeat a few times in the same spot, varying the length of the stems to as long as inch (1.9 cm). Weave the wire end through the next chain and repeat across until you ve used up all of the 4-mm potatoes and you reach the second square pearl.

8. Use the rest of strand 2 to chain across the rest of the same side of the necklace.

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Flush cutters Round-nose pliers Crochet hook, 5.5 mm/U.S. 1 Crochet hook, 2.25 mm/U.S. 2 Crimping pliers (optional)

+^Techniques_

Bead crochet (see sidebar on page 110) Knotting (page 29)

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