Palm Leaves

So I decided to play with my lobster claws again. Sitting around my son’s art class talking to another mom she had mentioned she always like those bib necklaces. They’re great for wearing with V-neck shirts or high collars.

Fiddling around I came up with this.

I’m hoping to get good enough at making patterns to eventually sell them. Until then you guys get them for free. 😉

Yarn: Crochet Thread, Size 10

Hook: 1.15mm

Extras: Lobster Claw, Bead

Gauge: 4″ 5 shells across and 7 shells down

Finished size: 7 1/2″ by 5” (not counting bead)

Shell: In the same sp: tr, ch1, 2tr, ch1, 2tr, ch1, tr. There should be 6tr and 3 ch.

ESC: pull up a loop like a normal sc, yo and draw through only 1 loop, yo draw through both loops.

Row 1: Slip your hook through the end hole of one of the lobster claws. Make a foundation chain that fits comfortably around your neck. Make sure you end on an even amount of stitches. Finish off row 1 by making a sc into the last open end. (148 sts)

IMG_0620Row 2: Quarter your stitches. Sc for a 1/4 of your stitches (37 sts) *Shell in your next st, sk 3 sc, sc in 4th sc, sk 3, shell**, repeat from * till you cover 1/2 of your sts. (72 sts) Lastly sc to the end of your necklace.

Row 3: *Ss to the top of the 1st shell (2nd ch of shell) Ch 1, Esc in same st, **ch 3, tr in esc, ch 3, esc in middle ch of shell,*** repeat from ** till the middle of your last shell.

Row 4: *Ch 1, shell in tr, sk 3 chs, esc in esc, sk 3 ch, shell in tr**, repeat till you end on an esc.

Row 5-18: Ss to the top of the last shell then repeat from * to ** of rows 3-4. You’ll decrease two shells with every other row. You’ll end on a esc with only one shell on row 18.

Adding the bead. Normally you thread your bead before you begin working but since the bead comes last it’s safe to leave a long tail then thread the bead of your choice.

Finishing: Ss to the 2nd ch of your last shell. Thread your bead and leave a long tail.

Once threaded make a knot thick enough that the bead won’t slip off. Use your hook to slip the left over tail a few times through the knot for added security. Carefully trim off the excess tail.

Notes: If you don’t have claws laying around simply make your foundation chain long enough to comfortably tie in a bow at the back of your neck. Instead of using a bead omit it or add an old pendant from a broken necklace or bracelet.

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About Marcia Young

I’m the wife of an NCO and the mother of one, home schooled, special needs child. I have won several people’s choice awards for my fanfiction under the moniker MLMonty. All of my current published works can be found via Smashwords and other retailers under my nom de plume Marcia Young. I am currently open to finding a new literary agent and publisher.
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