To get more practice after making these necklaces, I decided to purchase this pattern from Etsy shop sewella for a different type of crochet necklace. The pattern is $5, but the vendor gives permission to sell the products you make as long as you credit her for the pattern, so I think it's worth it.
the pattern to make another necklace I saw online here.
For this one, I used the same (1.5 mm) crochet hook, but rather than embroidery floss, I used (1.7 mm) crochet thread, since it's thinner and easier to use (because it has fewer strands to accidentally separate). I began this second necklace according to the pattern, and after every 15-20 rows, I added two or three more stitches to increase the size of the tube. Because this necklace is thicker, I decided to fill it with batting to help keep its shape. As I crocheted more rows, I continued to measure the necklace length around my neck to gauge where I needed to begin decreasing the number of stitches per row. When I was a little over halfway finished, I decreased the stitches by two or three every 15-20 rows (as evenly as I could) until it reached the length I wanted. Then I returned to the original pattern and made a clasp.
|Just to show size - sorry for the terrible photo|
Like the first necklace, it's a bit rough, and I would change a few things in making it again (add a few more rows for length, add a little more batting throughout, make the size change smoother, etc.). This one took me a lot longer, and I lost inspiration about half way through, which didn't help. Perhaps next time I will change colors or create a pattern (like this one with beads!).
Anyhow, I would definitely recommend the pattern I bought, and the seller even threw in a pattern for flowers as well, which I plan to attempt soon. Perhaps it's like the skiing versus snowboarding debate, but for what it's worth, I think I vote for crochet over knitting at this point.