by Chloe Nightingale
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.
- J. & 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.
- 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.)
- Tapestry needle
- Sewing needle
- Sewing thread
- Stitch marker
- Button (I use the 3/8 - 1/2" diameter spares that come with dress shirts)
Finished necklace is about 14" across.
34 sc = 4 inches
Stitch height is not important and will not adversely affect the finished design.
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.
With 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)
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.
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.