Ice Princess

Nov 30, 2006
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by Chloe Nightingale

Introduction

Ice Princess Necklace

Okay, I'm like Ebenezer Scrooge (I'd rather be like Scrooge McDuck and have a walk-in safe full of gold coins, but I don't). I think the holiday season is naff. I protest it every year by ignoring it completely, scowling at any holiday cards I receive in the mail, and getting grumpier and grumpier as the year comes to a close. This year, however, I decided to embrace my inner cheese-ball and make the corniest, cheesiest, and most naff piece of winter jewelry I could think of. I present to you, 'Ice Princess,' because everyone needs a snowflake necklace, even here in Scotland during the rainy season.

Materials List

  1. Ice PrincessJ. & P. Coats Royale Metallic Crochet Thread (88% mercerized cotton, 12% metallic; 100 yds [91 m]/Size 10;):  226G Natural/Gold, 1 ball. Yarn distributed by Coats & Clark.  
  2. 1.50 mm crochet hook.  (Some say this is a size 7 hook, but I have a Boye USA hook that says it's a size 8. So there.)
  3. Tapestry needle
  4. Sewing needle
  5. Sewing thread
  6. Stitch marker
  7. Button (I use the 3/8 - 1/2" diameter spares that come with dress shirts)

Finished Size

Finished necklace is about 14" across.

Gauge

34 sc = 4 inches

Notes

Stitch height is not important and will not adversely affect the finished design.

Special stitches

sc2tog (decrease) – insert hook in st, yo and draw loop through st (2 loops on hook), yo, insert hook in next st, yo and draw loop through st (3 loops on hook), yo and draw loop through all loops on hook.

The Pattern

Necklace

Ice PrincessWith MC, ch 115 (counts as 114 + turning ch).  

Row 1:  Starting in second ch from hook, sc in each of next 55 ch, sc2tog over next 2 ch, ch 3, sc2tog over next 2 ch, sc in each ch to end, turn.  (112 sc)

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in each of first 56 sc, [2 sc, ch 7, 2 sc] all in ch-3 sp, sc in each sc to end, turn.  (116 sc)

Row 3:  Ch 1, sc in each of next 31 sts, *ch 5, sk 3 sts, sc in each of next 2 sts, * rep from * to * 4 more times, sc2tog, work 9 sc into ch-7 sp, sc2tog, **sc in each of next 2 sts, ch 5, sk 3 sts, ** rep from ** to ** 4 more times, sc in each st to end. (93 sc)

Do not fasten off - do not pass go - do not collect 200 dollars: we are making a loop at the end of this row and then finishing up the last row of the necklace.

Button Loop: Ch 12, sl st in first ch to form ring, work 18 sc into ring, sl st in first sc to close round.  

Last row: Starting in last sc of Row 3 (not the loop), sc in each of next 31 sts, *work [3 sc, ch 3, 3 sc] all into next ch-5 sp, sc in each of next 2 sts, * rep from * to * 4 more times, sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 sts, work [sc, ch 5, sc] all in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, sc2tog, **sc in each of next 2 sts, work [3 sc, ch 3, 3 sc] all into next ch-5 sp, ** rep from ** to ** 4 more times, sc in each st to end, fasten off. (152 sc)

Snowflake Motif

Ch 16, sl st in first ch to form ring.  

Rnd 1:  Work 24 sc into ring, sl st in first sc to close round.  (24 sc)

Rnd 2:  *Ch 9, sk next 3 sts, sc in next st,* rep from * to * 4 more times, ch 9, sk next 3 sts, sl st in sl st of prev. round.  (6 ch-9 spaces)

Rnd 3:  *Work 6 sc into first ch-9 sp, [ch 9, starting in 6th ch from hook, sl st into each of the 4 rem ch sts], work 6 sc into same ch-9 sp, [ch 4, starting in 2nd ch from hook, sl st into each of 3 ch sts], * rep from * to * for each ch-9 sp around, sl st in sl st of prev row, fasten off, weave in end.  

Finishing

Weave in all ends.  

Block pieces (this should make the knitters that read cme happy) by pinning it, spritzing it with water and/or steaming it, pressing it gently with a warm iron, and letting it sit overnight.  Before anyone mentions that this might melt the metallic-bit of the yarn, if you are careful and use a low setting, you should be fine (I was).  

Starching the snowflake is a good way to stiffen it up.  

Sew snowflake to ch-5-sp at top of necklace.  

To fasten the necklace, sew a small button (I find the spares that come with dress shirts work well for this) onto the non-looped end of the necklace and button it into the loop end.

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Comments

BJ wrote
on Dec 4, 2006 2:42 PM

Ha! I love that! It appeals to my inner girly girl. I'm a knitter who is trying really, really hard to figure out how to crochet, and I'm gonna make that as soon as I figure out how the heck to do it. :-)

Chloe wrote
on Dec 4, 2006 8:14 PM

Well, definitely let me know if you have any questions (crochet or necklace-related -- they're both easy-peasy)!

Andrea wrote
on Dec 5, 2006 11:02 PM

Thank you oh thank you for this pattern! I decided to learn to crochet years ago so I could make crocheted snowflakes, but lo and behold, I had never made one until I made this necklace today. What joy! What pleasure! I haven't blocked it yet, but it was just delightful to make, and my roommate exclaimed, "Oh Andrea! A Christmas Spectacular!" when she saw it, which i think is a good thing. Hooray!

Gina wrote
on Dec 13, 2006 4:44 AM

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy all your patterns, and am looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.

Kimberly wrote
on Dec 14, 2006 11:54 PM
This is really unique, and I'm thinking dress it up with beads or swarovski crystals...and WOW -- how stunning would be for New Year's parties and holiday gatherings!

Show STOPPER!

AcrophobicPixie wrote
on Dec 17, 2006 11:58 PM

This is so cute! It's next inline after all of my christmas WIP's... If I get them done in time, I might whip a couple of these for stocking stuffers for friends. Thanks for the cool pattern!

DebbyinLV wrote
on Jan 1, 2007 2:40 PM
That's beautiful, Chloe! You are so talented! Your projects are
always so cute! Great job! I got to do this after I finish all the

other WIP's. I still haven't finished with the Christmas projects.

sarah wrote
on Jan 18, 2007 1:25 PM

Chloe - i'm another adoring fan of yours. i'm a lifelong knitter trying to teach myself to crochet and I've been scoping out your patterns here for a while. Keep up the terrific pattern writing! I'm a little daunted by the thought of crocheting with thread...but nothing ventured - nothing gained. can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Chloe wrote
on Jan 19, 2007 8:51 AM
Sarah,

Thread crochet isn't tricky at all! I like it a lot because it's so portable. I've been working on a very dainty project with size 40 thread and a 0.85mm hook, but I just bought a 0.6mm hook to crochet with a wee ball of pink size 80 cotton thread!

kaylkels wrote
on Jan 30, 2007 3:52 PM

Chloe, I love the way you model your work! I can't wait to try this pattern.

alica wrote
on Feb 1, 2007 7:14 AM

Very beautifull necklace. It is looking very difficult to do it. But I´ll try it.Congratulations. Alice from Slovak republic, Europe

Jana wrote
on Feb 4, 2007 8:49 AM

I just found this site via a doggie sweater pattern. I saw the online magazine and was thrilled. THEN when I saw this necklace I was REALLY excited! I live and work in Saudi Arabia, and have bought several balls of metallic "yarn" that I just knew I would find a use for one day, and voila'! My roommate thinks that my little third grade girls I teach would love one of these! Since the middle east is very "glitzy" I am sure she's right! Can't wait to try it!

Sarah wrote
on Feb 4, 2007 8:11 PM

To Chloe: Previous comment-ers mention your other patterns, but try as I might, I cannot find any others! After seeing this piece (though I have yet to make it) I find myself yearning for more. Where are they??

Alison wrote
on Feb 17, 2007 1:35 PM

I literally stumbled upon this site by accident... but was quite pleased to discover Crochet Me. (I started crocheting just a few weeks ago, but being obsessive by nature, learned quickly.) I absolutely love this necklace pattern - and am in the process of making one for each of my 5 daughters!

Anyway... I thought it was fabulous and am looking forward to more of your designs!

Anonymous wrote
on Feb 26, 2007 8:42 AM
Thank you for the ice Princess necklace,
I am going to try and add afew pearls to
the snow flake ,It is beautiful as it is.

kathleen

on Jan 8, 2008 12:54 AM

I believe the ice princess necklace is the prettiest piece of crocheted jewelry I've seen to date.

I don't do well with thread crochet, so when I make it :) I'll probably use a heavier thread.

Thank you for sharing your creativity.

alexandrina wrote
on Jun 26, 2008 2:42 PM

this is so beautiful, can't wait to try it!

totertot wrote
on Mar 15, 2009 7:12 PM

Cute pictures, and I love the necklace too.

KuranthiaV wrote
on Mar 2, 2010 11:22 PM

Hey Chloe,

I need to increase this roughly 2 inches so it's 16 inches across, how much should i add to the begining chain?

I look forward to your message

Thanks!