Mod Crocheted Beads Necklace – Free

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Looking for a unique crochet necklace pattern? So was I but I could hardly find any. So I designed the Mod Crocheted Beads Necklace. It's free on my site Crochet with Mary Beth. It's a crocheted beads necklace. No NOT a beaded crochet necklace. THERE ARE NO STORE BOUGHT BEADS INVOLVED. Each "bead" is crocheted separately and then strung on the "chain." You can make it as I have here or you can make a lot more beads and make it long, even super long! Click through for the free pattern.

It’s a crocheted beads necklace. No NOT a beaded crochet necklace. THERE ARE NO STORE BOUGHT BEADS INVOLVED.  

You crochet the beads! Then you string them on the “chain” one by one. Pretty snazzy right?!

Each “bead” is crocheted separately and then strung on the “chain.” You can make it as I have here or you can make a lot more beads and make it long, even super long!  

Inspiration

Of course I had to figure out how to crochet my own beads because I LOVE beads!

I may have gone a little crazy at Joanns during my wire wrapped jewelry faze and bought bags and bags of beads. They were all on sale of course. Then I may have bought piles of bead organizing boxes, also on sale.

So I may have a giant stack of beads, next to my giant stack of scrapbooking supplies, next to my giant stack of acrylic paint from college, next to my giant stack of fabric, next to my giant stack of colored pencils and markers, next to my giant stack of yarn. Oh dear. Remind me to have a tag sale this summer.

Anywho, keep scrolling for the free pattern.

It’s quick and easy

It’s a easy fun quick make.  Think instant gratification. Think quick crocheted gift. Think this will get done in a few hours and won’t get relegated to the WIP bin!

The whole necklace takes less than 25 yards of yarn. The make time depends on how many beads you make.

Make a few today and wear it. Make a few more tomorrow and wear it. Make the rest and wear it again.

And keep a look out, I have plans for more beads coming soon.

The finished piece looks like something that would display and sell well at a stall.

Jo M. -tester

Inspire your creative side

You might ask, is Mod short for modern or modular? Both!

String the beads in any order.  String them on one way, wear it, then string them in a different way!! Anyway you wear it you will add a little mod to your outfit.

There are four different bead instructions included. 

There is a lot of room to let your creative side shine with this pattern.  

A close up of the crocheted beads.

It was a nicely balanced necklace with some clever bead types I hadn’t seen before.

Jo M. -tester

Testers

Need some color inspiration? My testers came up with beautiful color combos for this project.

Check out the range from chic, to bright, to tropical, to nautical.

When you start combining colors you can come up with something perfect for anyone or any outfit.

Photo credit: Jo M., Marisa S., Miranda C., Umme8426

Crochet Pattern details

The free pattern is available below or you can purchase an ad free, easy to read PDF on Etsy or Ravelry.

The pattern includes instructions to make 4 different beads and a chain.

An instructional photos and an explanation on how to lengthen the chain is included.

You will also find a link to a video I recorded explaining the invisible join. Did you know there are three ways to make an invisible join? Two add a stitch to your work, one way does not.

Mod Crocheted Bead Necklace being modeled by Mary Beth Cryan.

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Have fun making and wearing this necklace!

Mod Crocheted Beads Necklace

Materials:

  • Patons Grace Yarn, light #3 yarn (100% mercerized cotton; 136 yds/125 m per 1.75 oz/50 g skein), 1 skein each of Color (A) Clay, (B) Natural, (C) Lotus, and (D) Sunkissed
Light #3 yarn
  • Crochet hook sizes US E/4 (3.5 mm) and US H/8 (5 mm) 
  • One .75”/2 cm, round, 4 hole button 
  • Tapestry needle
  • Fabric Stiffening Spray – I use Aleene’s Original Stiffen Quick
  • Four pencils
  • Aluminum Foil

Alternate Yarn Suggestion:

Lion Brand Bonbons, cotton, weight fine

Approximate Yardage:

24 yds/22 m total

Gauge:

After first row of pattern, necklace should measure 20 inches/51 cm in length, including loop.

Completed Tube Bead before seaming should measure 1”/2.5 cm wide and 1 3/8”/3.5 cm long.

Finished Measurements:

20 inches/48 cm length, excluding button

Project Level: 

This project level is easy.

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Abbreviations:

ch(s) – chain(s)

st(s) – stitch(es)

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

tr – treble crochet

FLO – Front Loop Only

Notes:

  • The pattern is written in US terms.
  • This pattern has been tested and professionally tech edited for accuracy and clarity. 
  • Ch 1 does not count as a st.
  • To lengthen or shorten necklace, add or reduce number of starting chains by any amount.
  • Circle Beads are worked in the round without joining or turning.
  • All other beads are worked top down and seamed to form tubes.

Instructions

Chain

With color A and smaller hook, leaving a 6” tail to attach button, ch 120.  

Row 1:  Work 1 sl st in 9th ch from hook (loop formed), work 1 sl st in each ch across, turn– (1 loop, 112 sl sts).

Fasten off.  Leave a 6” tail to attach button. 

Four different bead instructions are included.

Tube Bead – make 6 (2 in color A, 4 in color B)

With smaller hook, ch 6.

Row 1:  Work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc in each ch across, turn– (5 sc).

Row 2:  Ch 1, work 1 sc in same sc, work 1 sc in each sc across, turn.

Rows 3 – 8:  Repeat row 2.

Fasten off.  Leave a 10 “ tail for seaming.  

Seam row 1 to row 8 with a whip stitch forming a tube.  Weave in ends using tapestry needle.

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Shell Bead – make 2 in color A

With smaller hook, ch 6.

Row 1:  Work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc in each ch across, turn– (5 sc).

Row 2:  Ch 1, work 1 sc in same sc, work 1 sc in each sc across, turn.

Rows 3 – 4:  Repeat row 2.

Row 5: (RS) ch 1, work 1 sc in FLO of same sc, skip 1 sc, work 5 tr in FLO of next sc, skip 1 sc, sc in FLO of last sc, turn– (1 shell).

Row 6:  Working into the front loop facing you from sts in row 4, ch 1, sc in front loop of each st from row 4 across, turn– (5 sc).

Rows 7 – 9:  Repeat row 2.

Fasten off.  Leave a 10” tail for seaming.

Seam row 1 to row 9 with a whip stitch forming a tube.  Weave in ends using tapestry needle.

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Circle Bead – make 16 (3 in color A, 3 in color B, 5 in color C, 5 in color D)

With smaller hook ch 4 and sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1:  Ch 1, work 6 sc in ring (do not join)– (6 sc).

Round 2:  Work 2 sc in each sc around– (12 sc).

Fasten off with an invisible join (you can see my post about the invisible join and view a YouTube tutorial here https://www.crochetwithmarybeth.com/invisible-join/ , weave in ends using a tapestry needle.

The video for the invisible join is great.

Marisa S. -tester

Center Loopy Bead

With color B, and smaller hook, ch 6. 

Row 1:  Work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc in each ch across, turn– (5 sc).

Row 2:  Ch 1, work 1 sc in same sc, work 1 sc in each sc across, turn.

Rows 3 – 4:  Repeat row 2.

Row 5: (RS) ch 1, sl st in FLO of first sc, [ch 18, take care not to twist chain, sl st in FLO of next sc] 4 times, turn– (4 loops).

Row 6:  Working into the front loop facing you from sts in row 4, ch 1, sc in front loop of each st from row 4 across, turn turn– (5 sc).

Row 7:  [Ch 18, take care not to twist chain, sl st in FLO of next sc] 4 times, turn– (4 loops).

Row 8:  This row will be worked into the unused loop of the sc sts made in row 7. You used one loop in row 5, for this row, you will use the other loop now facing you as the Front Loop.  Ch 1, work 1 sc in FLO of same sc, work 1 sc in FLO of each sc across, turn– (5 sc).

Row 9-10:  Repeat row 2.

Fasten off.  Leave a 10” tail for seaming.

Seam row 1 to row 10 with a whip stitch forming a tube.  Weave in ends using tapestry needle.

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Attaching Button:

Using tail at end of necklace chain, thread either end of A up through any hole in button.  If you have trouble threading yarn through hole use a piece of floss as a needle (image 1).  Thread same end down through diagonal hole.  Thread other end up through either remaining hole.  Thread same end down through remaining diagonal hole.  Pull ends so button is positioned tight against end of chains.  Tie ends in square knot.  Weave in ends using tapestry needle.  

How to thread a button with yarn.
Image 1

Step 1:  Cut 6”/15 cm piece of floss, fold in half forming a loop.  

Step 2:  Thread floss through button hole, thread yarn through loop in the floss.  

Step 3:  Pull floss until yarn begins to come through hole.  

Step 4:  Pull end of yarn through hole.

Finishing:

Cover the pencils with aluminum foil.  Slide beads onto pencil (image 2). Block.  Let dry.  Spritz with fabric stiffening spray.  Let dry.  Remove from pencil.

Blocking crocheted beads.
Image 2

Using a size US H/8 (5 mm) hook reach through each bead and pull Chain through (image 3A & B).  Refer to photo for suggested bead order.

How to thread the beads onto the chain step 1.
Image 3a
How to thread the beads onto the chain step 2.
Image 3b
A close up of the Mod Crocheted Beads Necklace.  A fun quick easy crochet project.
Looking for a unique crochet necklace pattern? So was I but I could hardly find any. So I designed the Mod Crocheted Beads Necklace. It's free on my site Crochet with Mary Beth. It's a crocheted beads necklace. No NOT a beaded crochet necklace. THERE ARE NO STORE BOUGHT BEADS INVOLVED. Each "bead" is crocheted separately and then strung on the "chain." You can make it as I have here or you can make a lot more beads and make it long, even super long! Click through for the free pattern.
Free PDF pattern
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