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Esmeralda Necklace

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Esmeralda Necklace Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

Crocheting with beads can bring a whole new style to your jewelry designs. We love the boho feel of this multi-strand crocheted necklace. Swarovski crystal beads add the perfect amount of sparkle, while SuperUnos provide some dangling style. Learn how to make this necklace and start adding crocheted strands to your projects.

Step one:
For the strands, you will use size 10 crochet thread in the color of your choice and a size E (3.50mm) crochet hook. We used a thread in a warm, copper-like color. To learn how to crochet with beads, see our Crochet with Beads MiniVid. Your tension while crocheting will vary, so the number of beads needed to make the strands long enough will vary. Use these instructions as a guide, keeping in mind that you may need to adjust quantities and lengths as you go. Before starting, mix the TOHO bead round hybrid 6/0 Apollo, SuperUno Czech glass crystal magic red brown bead and the TOHO bead round 6/0 sand-lined crystal bags together, as they will be added to the strands randomly.

Step two:
For the shortest strand, make sure you have enough thread to create a strand 25 3/4 inches in length. The crochet technique will take up more than this length, so keep that in mind. You can either cut it to length or leave the thread on the spool. Use the needle threader to string the following beads onto the crochet thread:
  • 3 3/4 inches of a random mix of seed beads and SuperUnos. This will equate to about 6 1/2 crocheted inches of beads.
  • One Swarovski 8mm faceted round in either Peridot and Bronze Shade, Burgundy, Crystal Lilac Shadow, Jonquil and Antique Pink, or Crystal Luminous Green, followed by seven random seed beads and SuperUnos
  • Repeat the previous pattern eight times, for a total of 9 faceted round sections and 8 seven seed beads sections
  • Finish the pattern with 3 7/8 inches (6 3/4 crocheted inches) of random seed beads and SuperUnos
Start the strand with two plain stitches without any beads. Then, add a bead for every stitch. Before you add the faceted rounds, add a stitch without a bead and do the same after you add the faceted round. Without the extra stitches flanking the faceted round, the seed beads that are adjacent will slip behind the crystal. When you reach the end of the strand, make two plain stitches without any beads as you did at the start of the strand.

Step three:
for the second strand, cut enough thread for a 26 1/2-inch strand. Repeat the same techniques from step two, making sure to follow this pattern for the beads:
  • 7 crocheted inches of a random mix of seed beads and SuperUnos
  • 10 sections of one faceted round and 9 sections of seven random seed beads and SuperUnos
  • 5 1/5 crocheted inches of random seed beads and SuperUnos


Step four:
For the third strand, cut enough thread for a 28 1/4-inch strand. Repeat the same techniques, making sure to follow this pattern for the beads:
  • 7 3/4 crocheted inches of random seed beads and SuperUnos
  • 10 sections of one faceted round and 9 sections of seven random seed beads and SuperUnos
  • 6 1/2 crocheted inches of random seed beads and SuperUnos


Step five:
For the fourth strand, cut enough thread for a 29-inch strand. Repeat the same techniques, making sure to follow this pattern for the beads:
  • 5 crocheted inches of random seed beads and SuperUnos
  • 13 sections of one faceted round and 12 sections of seven random seed beads and SuperUnos
  • 6 3/4 crocheted inches of random seed beads and SuperUnos


Step six:
For the fifth and final strand, cut enough thread for a 31-inch strand. Repeat the same techniques, making sure to follow this pattern for the beads:
  • 5 1/2 crocheted inches of random seed beads and SuperUnos
  • 15 sections of one faceted round and 14 sections of seven random seed beads and SuperUnos
  • 5 1/2 crocheted inches of random seed beads and SuperUnos


Step seven:
Gather all five strands together at one end and tie them together in an overhand knot, as close to the beads as possible. Hook the loop of a TierraCast copper 2-inch 21 gauge eye pin into the knot and then wrap the threads around the eye pin and knot them again. Secure the knot with adhesive. Thread a 10mm antique copper-plated pewter filigree end cap onto the eye pin and over the ends of the strands. Add a seed bead to the eye pin and then finish the eye pin with a wrapped loop. For help making wrapped loops, please see our Handy Tip. Repeat this step for the other end of the necklace.

Step eight:
Attach half of the TierraCast antique copper large tapered clasp set to each side of the necklace using a 6mm antique copper 18 gauge open jump ring. Learn how to properly open and close jump rings with this Handy Tip Video.
Approximate Size: 28 1/2 Inches
Estimated Time: 8 Hours
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Tools & Supplies:
Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Threader (Pack of 2) (SUP-0136)
GS Hypo Fabric Cement (GS-HYPO-F)
Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106)
Round Nose Pliers (TOOL-108)
Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131)
List of Components:
Swarovski 5000 8mm Peridot and Bronze Shade Faceted Round Bead (5000-PERBS8, qty 10)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Burgundy (5000-BURG8, qty 11)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Crystal Lilac Shadow (5000-CLS8, qty 13)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Jonquil and Antique Pink Faceted Round Bead (5000-JONAP8, qty 11)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Crystal Luminous Green (5000-CLU8, qty 12)
TOHO Bead Round Hybrid 6/0 Apollo (TBRD6-Y851, qty 4)
Super Uno Czech Glass Crystal Magic Red Brown Bead 8 gram Pack (BEADS-0451, qty 2)
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Sand-Lined Crystal 8g Bag (TBRD6-369, qty 1)
10mm Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Filigree End Cap (FIND-0893, qty 2)
TierraCast Antique Copper Large Tapered Clasp Set (CA-6067, qty 1)
TierraCast Copper 2-inch 21 Gauge Eye Pin (C-0027, qty 2)
6mm Antique Copper 18 Gauge Open Jump Ring (FIND-1051, qty 3)

Alternate Products:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Swarovski 5000 8mm Round Smoky Mauve (5000-SMA8)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Light Peach (5000-PEALT8)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Olivine (5000-OL8)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Siam (5000-SIA8)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Light Topaz (5000-TOLT8)
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Jonquil (5000-JON8)
Super Uno Czech Glass Crystal Capri Gold Bead 8 gram Pack (BEADS-0448)
Super Uno Czech Glass Ruby Capri Gold Bead 8 gram Pack (BEADS-0470)
TOHO Bead Round Hybrid 6/0 Metallic Copper Penny (TBRD6-Y750)
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Rusty Orange Gold Luster 8g Bag (TBRD6-329)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

Swarovski 5000 8mm Peridot and Bronze Shade Faceted Round Bead
Code: 5000-PERBS8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.78$0.73$0.69
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Crystal Lilac Shadow
Code: 5000-CLS8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.76$0.71$0.66
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Jonquil and Antique Pink Faceted Round Bead
Code: 5000-JONAP8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.78$0.73$0.69
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Crystal Luminous Green
Code: 5000-CLU8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
1-1112-2324+
$0.76$0.71$0.66
Qty>
Matubo SuperUno Czech Glass Crystal Magic Red Brown Bead 8 gram Pack
Code: BEADS-0451
Volume Approx. 8 grams 
1-56-1112+
$2.63$2.48$2.33
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Sand-Lined Crystal 8g Bag
Code: TBRD6-369
Size 6/0, 8g bag 
1-910-1920+
$1.39$1.30$1.22
Qty>
B&B Benbassat 10mm Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Filigree End Cap
Code: FIND-0893
Inside Diameter 9.5mm, Length 12mm, Hole Size 2mm/12 gauge 
1-34-78+
$4.72$4.46$4.22
Qty>
TierraCast Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Large Tapered Clasp Set
Code: CA-6067
Loop 16mm, Bar 25mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.49$2.35$2.22
Qty>
TierraCast Copper 2-inch 21 Gauge Eye Pin
Code: C-0027
Length 2 inches, 21 gauge 
1-7475-149150+
$0.11$0.10$0.09
Qty>
6mm Antique Copper 18 Gauge Open Jump Ring
Code: FIND-1051
Diameter 6mm, Opening Diameter 4mm, Wire Gauge 1mm/18 gauge 
1-5960-119120+
$0.16$0.15$0.13
Qty>

Alternate Components

Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Smoky Mauve
Code: 5000-SMA8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 1.29mm/16 gauge 
Price: $0.73
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Olivine
Code: 5000-OL8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.73$0.68$0.64
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Siam
Code: 5000-SIA8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.73$0.68$0.64
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Light Topaz
Code: 5000-TOLT8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.73$0.68$0.64
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Jonquil
Code: 5000-JON8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.73$0.68$0.64
Qty>
Matubo SuperUno Czech Glass Crystal Capri Gold Bead 8 gram Pack
Code: BEADS-0448
Volume Approx. 8 grams 
1-78-1516+
$2.27$2.14$2.01
Qty>
Matubo SuperUno Czech Glass Ruby Capri Gold Bead 8 gram Pack
Code: BEADS-0470
Volume Approx. 8 grams 
1-56-1112+
$2.56$2.41$2.27
Qty>
TOHO Bead Round 6/0 Rusty Orange Gold Luster 8g Bag
Code: TBRD6-329
Size 6/0, 8g bag 
1-78-1516+
$2.31$2.18$2.05
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Embroidery Stitching Tool Needle Threader (Pack of 2)
Code: SUP-0136
Price: $4.98
Qty>
GS Hypo Fabric Cement
Code: GS-HYPO-F
1/3 fl oz 
Price: $5.95
Qty>
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Price: $7.67
Qty>
Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-108
Price: $7.67
Qty>
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Price: $11.56
Qty>



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