The weather here in Virginia is already beginning to heat up, and I have traded in my glasses for contacts and sunglasses. Every summer I fight the battle of what to do with my sunglasses when I am not wearing them. I can’t push them up on my head, they get all bent out of shape and don’t fit my face anymore. Put them in the black hole of my purse and they end up squished, scratched, or lost. Hmmm, what to do?
Crazy Idea!! MAKE a necklace that can hold my sunglasses when I am not wearing them. Brilliant! It goes without saying that it has to be something pretty that I’d actually wear too…
- Red Heart Crochet Nylon
- Blue Moon 14 inch strand decorative chain
- 1.5 inch Slip Ring
- Embroidery floss in a few colors
- Crochet Hook size D (3.25mm)
- Crochet Hook size 2.75mm
- Large eye needle to sew in ends
- Clear nail polish
- With the 3.25mm hook and the Crochet Thread, String the end of the decorative chain strand onto the thread. Make a slipknot, insert hook, and slide strand down to the slipknot. Taking care to keep the strand snug and capture it, Chain 1.
- Yarn over and insert hook into the chain just made, yarn over, and pull through the chain. Yarn over and pull through all three loops on the hook. (That was the first foundation half double crochet.) *Yarn over, and insert hook into the bottom loop of the previous half double crochet. Yarn over and pull up the loop through the stitch. There should be three loops on the hook now. Yarn over and pull through all three loops. * Repeat * 58 more times for a total of 60 foundation half double crochet stitches.
- After the 60th stitch, cut the thread leaving a 12 inch tail. String the tail through the other end of the decorative chain strand. Snugging the strand up to the crochet hook, loosely yarn over (capturing strand), insert hook into bottom of previous foundation half double crochet stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop through the last stitch. Carefully remove the hook from the three loops, and using a crochet hook to help pry open the split ring, thread all three loops onto the split ring until completely on the ring. (Like a key…) Pull on the tail of the yarn and snug up the three loops into the thinnest part of the ring. Thread the end onto the needle and secure by weaving in the tail over itself a few times. Add a few drops of clear nail polish to secure and let dry.
- Use the needle and nail polish to weave in and secure beginning tail in the same way. Leave snipping the ends until the nail polish is dry.
- Switch to the 2.75mm crochet hook. Leaving a tail long enough to travel the diameter of the split ring, make a slipknot and insert the hook. Holding the tail along the ring, attach the first stitch by reaching the hook under the ring, yarn over, pull up a loop, then reach over the hook and yarn over, pull through all the loops on the hook. Then repeat around, taking care to hold the tail along the ring so that it is captured neatly and invisibly as you cover the ring. Squish the stitches together to ensure full coverage. To switch colors, make a slipknot with the new color, and holding the new tail along the ring as well, draw through the existing loop of the old color, go under the ring and yarn over with the new color (laying the beginning tail, the old color working strand, and the new tail) along the ring to capture them all seamlessly under the single crochet stitches you are working over the ring.
- Continue until ring is completely covered (make sure to keep the stitches tight and snugged together around the ring for the best coverage.) When you are satisfied that the ring is covered, trim the loose ends closely. Chain 1, and cut floss leaving a tail long enough to sew in – pull the tail through the final chain to knot. Carefully sew in the tail on the back side of the ring, taking care to double back on itself at least two times to secure. Add a few drops of clear nail polish to secure.
- Trim the final end when the nail polish is dry.
Now you have a sturdy and pretty necklace that slips over your head easily that will conveniently hold your sunglasses while you are on the go!
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