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Hot under the collar wire and bead necklace

Use chain stitch to crochet a sparkling choker for a tailored look

Add a little heat to an easy wire-crochet necklace with chaton montees, a crystal more at home in sewing projects than in jewelry. The montees are easy to use – simply string them through a pair of holes in their metal base. They’ll lend a splash of color to any outfit as they dangle gracefully along your neckline.


necklace 14 in. (36cm) 

  • 40 4mm chaton montees ( or any 4mm beads
  • hook or lobster claw clasp
  • approximately 8 ft. (2.4m) 26-gauge sterling silver wire
  • 2 2-in. (5cm) lengths of chain, links large enough to accommodate clasp
  • head pin
  • 2 jump rings
  • crochet hook, size 2–3mm
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters


Hot under the collar wire and bead necklace Photo A
photo a
Hot under the collar wire and bead necklace Photo B

1. On 3 yd. (2.7m) of wire, string all the chaton montees or 4mm beads.

2. Leaving a short tail, chain stitch the first row until you reach your desired length.

3. Turn and work a single crochet in each chain stitch. Carefully straighten the first two rows by pulling gently on the ends.

4. Work the final row along the other edge of the chain stitch as follows: Make four single crochet stitches. Then alternate between single crochet and bead single crochet. Work the last four stitches in single crochet.

5. Trim the wire on both ends, leaving about 1⁄4-in. (6mm) tails. Using chainnose pliers, secure the short wire tail by wrapping each wire around the end stitches (PHOTO A).

6. Connect the clasp to the end link of one length of chain. Open a jump ring and connect the other end of the chain to the last stitch on the necklace (PHOTO B). Close the jump ring.

Hot under the collar wire and bead necklace Photo C

7. Open a jump ring and slip it into the first stitch on the other end of the necklace. Slide the first link of the other length of chain into the same jump ring  (PHOTO C). Close the jump ring. 

8. Shape the necklace by pulling and flattening it to lie comfortably around your neck. 

Hot under the collar wire and bead necklace Photo D

9. Add a dangle to the end link of the chain by stringing a montee or bead on a head pin. Make a plain loop above the bead. Open the loop and connect it to the end link of the chain. Close the loop (PHOTO D).

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