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Crocheted seashell necklace

Seashells are tied to Myrtle Beach memories

Nothing says Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, like seashells,  and nothing says Kim St. Jean like tools. If I’m not hammering or sawing in my workshop, I’m on vacation, searching the beach for something to take back home to drill. My son Chase and I collected these shells at the Apache Family Campground in Myrtle Beach. After drilling them, I used bead crochet to display my handiwork. 

SUPPLIES

Necklace 18 in. (46 cm)

  • 28–34 seashells, top drilled
  • 8–10 6–8 mm crystals
  • 36–46 4–6 mm pearls, top drilled
  • C-Lon knotting cord 
  • silk knotting thread
  • diagonal wire cutters 
  • crochet hook (Boye size E/4-3.50MM)

Supplies from Expressive Impressions, Inc., kimstjean.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

TECHNIQUES

Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch
Make a loop in the cords, crossing the ends over the tails. Insert a crochet hook in the loop. Bring the cords over the hook, and pull them through the loop. Repeat for the desired number of stitches.
Bead Chain Stitch
Bead chain stitch
Slide the first bead to the crochet hook and chain stitch into the next stitch. Make sure the bead hangs freely. Repeat for the desired number of stitches. 
 

INSTRUCTIONS

Crocheted seashell necklace Step 1
Step 1
1. String 8 in. (20 cm) of pearls and crystals on silk knotting thread. String 8 in. (20 cm) of shells on C-Lon knotting cord. You can string more as you go.
Crocheted seashell necklace Step 2
Step 2
2. Leave a 4-in. (10 cm) tail. Chain-stitch enough to cover about 2 in. (5 cm) of thread and cord.

3. Continue to chain stitch, sliding down pearls and crystals every other stitch, to cover about 2 in. (5 cm).

4. Continue to chain stitch, sliding down shells, pearls, and crystals every other stitch until the beaded segment is about 15 in. (38 cm) long.

Crocheted seashell necklace Step 3
Step 6

5. Trim the thread and cord, leaving 4-in. (10 cm) tails. String a shell, to act as a toggle, and pull the ends through the last stitch. Tie a surgeon’s knot.

6. Make the loop half of the finishing. Use roundnose pliers or a crochet hook to pull the ends through the stitch adjacent to the first bead to form a loop. Tie a surgeon’s knot.

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