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Sunset over Hawaii

The colors of a deep sunset — gold, purple, and pink with black accents — inspired this fringed necklace

SUPPLIES

Necklace 17–20 in. (43–51 cm)

  • 8 8 mm round crystals (amethyst)
  • 12 8 mm bicone crystals (padparadscha)
  • 156 6 mm CRYSTALLIZED™ cubes (amber, amethyst, padparadscha, and tanzanite)
  • 84 6 mm round crystals in a mix of 4 colors (amber, amethyst, padparadscha, and tanzanite)
  • 84 6 mm bicone crystals in a mix of 3 colors (amber, amethyst, and padparadscha)
  • 12 6 mm top-drilled bicone drop crystals (amber) (optional)
  • 72 4 mm CRYSTALLIZED™ cubes in a mix of 3 colors (amethyst, padparadscha, and tanzanite)
  • 72 4 mm round crystals in a mix of 3 colors (amber, amethyst, and padparadscha)
  • 204 4 mm bicone crystals in a mix of 3 colors (amber, amethyst, and tanzanite)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals
    • 228 amber, padparadscha, and tanzanite
    • 744 jet
  • 15/0 hex-cut seed beads
    • 8 g matte black
    • 8 g shiny black
  • hook-and-eye clasp
  • 4 in. (10 cm) chain, 6 mm links
  • 4 6 mm split rings
  • ball of size #10 mercerized cotton crochet thread (black)
  • nylon beading thread, size D (black)
  • beading needles, #12
  • sewing needle
  • crochet hook, 1.50 mm (US #8)
  • nail polish
  • wire cutters

EDITOR'S NOTE: Find inspiration in nature for your color palette. In Wisconsin, sunrises over Lake Michigan feature the same color combination of gold, purple, and pink, but display lighter versions of the colors.

INSTRUCTIONS

Sunset over Hawaii Photo A
Photo A
Sunset over Hawaii Photo B
Photo B

Necklace

1. Coat the tip of the cotton thread with nail polish. Let the nail polish dry.

2. Use the stiffened end to string 336 sets of three to five crystals. Start and end each set with a 3 mm jet bicone crystal. Vary the shapes, colors, and sizes of crystals within each set. 

The beadwork will be worked in flat crochet, with six stitches per row. Check the arrangement of the beads every four or five rows to make sure the pattern looks random. Because you will alternate crocheting rows with and without crystals, zigzag the thread to approximate the placement of the crystals in the beadwork (PHOTO A). Do not cut the thread from the spool. Slide the beads toward the spool, leaving 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread without beads.

3. Tie a slip knot, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail. Chain eight stitches without beads.

4. Slide the first set of crystals to the hook, insert the hook in the third chain stitch from the hook, and work a single bead crochet stitch. Repeat five times, placing a single bead crochet stitch in each chain stitch (PHOTO B). Chain two stitches, and turn.

5. Insert the hook through both loops of the last single bead crochet stitch in the previous row, and work a single crochet stitch without a bead. Work five more single crochet stitches without beads. Chain two stitches, and turn.

6. Insert the hook through both loops of the last single crochet stitch in the previous row, and work a single bead crochet stitch. Work five more single bead crochet stitches. Chain two stitches, and turn.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6, crocheting 112 rows with an alternating pattern of a row with and a row without beads. This will place all the beaded loops on the same side of the beadwork. End with a row without beads, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail. Do not end the working thread or tail.

Sunset over Hawaii Photo C
Photo C

8. Attach a needle to a comfortable length of thread, and sew the edges of the beadwork together with whip stitch. End the working thread and tail.

9. Attach a needle to an 8-in. (20 cm) tail, and pick up an 8 mm round crystal and a split ring. Sew back through the 8 mm, and the beadwork. Retrace the thread path, and end the tail. Repeat on the other end of the rope.

10. Cut the second-to-last link from the chain to remove the last link intact. Set the intact link aside.

11. Slide the eye half of the clasp and an end link of the long piece of chain onto a split ring. Slide the other end link of the chain onto a split ring attached in step 9 (PHOTO C).

Sunset over Hawaii Photo D
Photo D
Sunset over Hawaii Photo E
Photo E

12. Slide the hook half of the clasp and the single link from step 10 onto a split ring. Attach the link to the remaining split ring at the other end of the necklace.

13. You may choose to sew top-drilled bicone drop crystals and other crystals onto the crocheted rope to fill in noticeable spaces. Use a comfortable length of nylon beading thread and a beading needle.

Fringe

1. Add a comfortable length of beading thread to the beaded tube, and sew through the beadwork to exit the center of the necklace. Start each fringe with a 3 mm jet bicone. String a combination of crystals in different shapes, colors, and sizes, filling in between the crystals with both matte and shiny black 15/0 hex-cut seed beads. End each strand with either a 6 or 8 mm crystal and a 15/0. Skip the 15/0, and sew back through the other beads in the strand. Secure each strand of fringe with an overhand knot before starting the next fringe. Work outward from the center for 3 in. (7.6 cm), varying the length of the strands from 6 in. (15 cm) at the center, to 3⁄8 in. (1 cm) at the outer edge (PHOTO D). Repeat on the other side to sew a total of 72 strands of fringe.

2. You may choose to embellish the eye of the clasp with strands of fringe, varying in length from 1–21⁄2 in. (2.5–6.4 cm): Pick up an 8 mm round and other beads similar to those you used for the necklace fringe. End with a 6 or 8 mm crystal and a 15/0. Skip the 15/0, and sew back through the beads, the 8 mm round, and the eye of the clasp. Repeat three or four times. End the threads (PHOTO E).

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