Mookaite Stone Crochet Bead Necklace Project

Blogged under crochet jewelry,Free Craft Projects,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Saturday 10 June 2017 at 12:02 pm

While this is not my first time ever making crochet jewelry, this Mookaite Stone Crochet Bead Necklace (56 inches long) is the first time I’ve ever used Chinese knotting cord to crochet with. I have been wanting to experiment with different types of string and cord, and this is one experiment that turned out great. I am a big fan of Chinese knotting cord now. The beads are from a strand of mookaite 10mm faceted beads I purchased while briefly visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico. (You can find out more about my bead hunting trip to San Juan in a video I posted on my YouTube channel).

I used the following supplies and materials:

.5mm Chinese Knotting Cord, Ginger (color)

1 – 16″ Strand of 10mm Faceted Mookaite Beads

Flexible Eye Needle

1 D-size Crochet Hook

1 Brass Toggle Clasp

Clear Drying Glue

Corsage Pin



Below are a few photos I took while I made the necklace and a general description of the process:

1. For bead crochet, you have to get the beads onto whatever thread or cord medium you plan to use before you start to crochet.I knew I wanted to use all of the beads and make the necklace super long, but I had no idea how long the cord would need to be, so I kept the cord on the spool as I worked. To help get the beads on to the cord, I attached a flexible needle to the end, and then threaded all the beads onto the cord.

2. After all the beads were strung on the cord, I measured about 8 inches from the end of the cord and made a slip knot to attach the crochet hook to the Chinese knotting cord, and I made five crochet chain stitches.

3. Then I moved a bead down and made a chain stitch right after the bead to secure the bead into the cord, and I continued to make five more crochet chain stitches.

4. I just repeated this process – move the bead down, chain one, then chain five – for all of the beads.

5. Once I had all the beads and chain stitches done, I slipped one part of a toggle clasp onto one end of the cord and tied several knots. Then I repeated this with the other part of the toggle. I used a corsage pin to help push the first knot up against the loop of the toggle clasp section.

6. Once I had all the knots made, I used sharp scissors to trim off the excess cord and added a dab of clear drying glue on the knots and allowed it to dry.

The necklace is super long (56 inches), which allows me to wear it triple wrapped with no problem. The flash on the photo below makes the cord look almost white, but it’s actually more of a very light pink, almost a flesh color.

I set four beads (that matched) aside before making the necklace so that I had enough to whip up a few simple pair of earrings to go with the necklace when I finished.

Amigurumi Bunny Pattern Review

Blogged under amigurumi,crochet and knitting,crochet jewelry by Tammy on Thursday 10 March 2016 at 7:05 am

Video: Amigurumi Tip 4!

Blogged under amigurumi,Crafty Videos,crochet jewelry by Tammy on Sunday 13 December 2015 at 12:48 pm

I finally have another amigurumi tip video posted!

Video: Crochet Pattern Review of Lion Brand’s Wristers

Blogged under Crafty Videos,crochet jewelry by Tammy on Thursday 26 November 2015 at 12:00 pm

I also call these fingerless gloves. I’ve made a number of these, so in this video I give you my opinion of the free pattern from Lion Brand.

Video Book Review: Bead Crochet Jewelry

Blogged under crochet jewelry,Good Books by Tammy on Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 6:49 pm

I have a new video book review up! This one combines my love of crochet and jewelry making: Bead Crochet Jewelry: Tools, Tips and and 15 Beautiful Projects

Hemp and Bead Crochet Bracelet

Blogged under crochet jewelry,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Monday 23 March 2015 at 5:55 am

I often think of design ideas when I’m half asleep. Sometimes this can be in the middle of the night when I really should be sleeping, but sometimes it will happen as I’m waking up. This past Sunday morning the latter happened, and lucky for me, I was able to clearly remember my idea instead of having a foggy recollection of it. To make sure I did not let the day get too far gone without having the chance to at least start my jewelry design idea, I pulled out some hemp and glass beads and set them in front of me to see as I sipped my morning cup of tea. This was going to happen!

Soon after breakfast, I located a size B crochet hook, and I got busy. I used about 4 yards of thin purple hemp and slipped on 30 glass beads onto it. Using chain and single crochet stitches, I start creating what I had envisioned a few hours earlier.

After a few stops and starts, I finally finished the crochet part and added a clasp. I have some ideas to improve on this design, but for the prototype, I’m very pleased with the results.

Bunny and Baby Ghan Combo

Blogged under amigurumi,crochet jewelry by Tammy on Saturday 21 June 2014 at 2:22 pm

Squeee! Serious cuteness ahead……

I will get a chance to briefly see my niece and her hubby soon and wanted to give at least the first installment of baby goodies to them, so I managed to crank out this baby afghan (started at the beginning of this month) and a matching bunny stuffie.

I used leftovers to make the bunny. This bunny is a favorite of mine, and I have probably made a half dozen of them already for charity. The pattern (Blair the Bunny) comes from It’s a paid for pattern and definitely worth $5. In fact, she has sales occasionally and I usually stock up on patterns from her her when she has them, so I probably paid less than $5 for this pattern.

The afghan is 32 x 36 inches, and I basically just used 2 different types of yarn and the fan stitch. I may take some time to write up the pattern for this because I really like how it turned out and could see making it again. The finished size is a good baby or even small lapghan size, and it works up very fast.

Here’s the bunny and baby afghan together. Love!

Cupcake Fingerless Gloves Done!

Blogged under crochet jewelry,Fiber Fun,Finished Projects by Tammy on Saturday 17 May 2014 at 10:45 am

The Cupcake Fingerless Gloves I started recently are done! And I love how they turned out. The yarn (Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Happy Birthday, Cupcake colorway) was wonderful to work with. Heck, even the striping almost matches, and while I did start the second glove around the same color as the first one on purpose, I honestly did not do much else to get this to happen. This yarn is sock weight made of 75% Superwash Merino wool and 25% nylon. It is not necessarily super soft like the previous pair of gloves I made for my hubby, but that yarn had some cashmere in it.

The pattern is a free one from Lion Brand called “All Season Wristers,” and I did modify this a tad. I made the larger size (that starts with 34 chains) and used a size G hook instead of an F. I also just attached yarn to the hole area for the thumb and did around 6 rows of single crochet. For me, that made the thumb part much easier than the instructions provided. Also, because I like to be able to turn down these gloves so that you can have the option of wearing them on the long side, I added about an inch of single crochet at the top of each one.

These are ready to be soaked and blocked, and then I have plans to mail them off to a friend of mine who is yarn worthy. I have a lot of left over yarn from this skein, so I’m toying with the idea of seeing if I can squeeze out another pair. I may even rewind the ball of yarn to see if I can get two even balls and try making them two at a time and see how that goes.

Golden Crochet & Lampwork Necklace

Blogged under crochet jewelry,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Saturday 11 August 2012 at 9:14 am

Here is another bead crochet experiment, and I think it turned out pretty well. I used size 10 gold-colored thread (which I think I got at Michael’s), a D crochet hook (3.25mm), and 17 – 10mm lampwork beads (these were made by DD Hess) in shades of purples and garnet. I formed the hook with some brass wire too. This was actually pretty easy to do, so here is a quickie tutorial for you.

Since the holes in these beads are fairly large, just thread the crochet thread through all 17 beads, and push them way down onto the spool of thread.

Row 1: Do the chain stitch until you have about 21 inches worth.

Row 2: Single crochet down the entire chain.

Row 3: Do 10 single crochets, then slide one bead down and up against the last stitch. *Do 5 single crochets, and moved a bead, and repeat from * until you’ve pushed all the beads down. Finish with about 10 (or so) single crochet stitches until you get to the end.

At this point, you should have a few inches on either end that has no beads on it. Fold these over, and  stitch the ends against the crocheted material you’ve just made by using a sewing needle threaded with more of the crochet thread.

You can either purchase a prefabricated hook or you can make your own using a little wire. I used 21-gauge brass dead-soft wire to make my hook.

Crochet and Czech Bead Necklace Done!

Blogged under crochet jewelry by Tammy on Saturday 4 August 2012 at 2:55 pm

Here is the necklace I made using the beads I purchased yesterday at my LBS. I am very happy with how it turned out, and a full tutorial is in the works.