Wire

Let me explain about gauges right now, so the numbers make sense. The 10\Ner the nU1l1 ber of the gauge, the thicker the wire. You GIII get very heavy l2-gauge wire, which is whai some wire workers like to pound with a ham rner and shape, or you can get wire as fine as 34 gauge, whích is nearly as fine as a hair from your head, Somewhere in the middle there is ihe easiest range to work with for those 01'us who want lO crochet and nor pounc\ wirh a harnmcr, My lower limit is 26 gaugc; its prcuy stilf but still works, My upper lirnit is H g:lllgl'; once it is crocheted it gains sircngt h .uul looks 1ike gossamer stitches. 1 consklcr 2H :lIld lO gauge perfect for crochet. lt all urkr- ',0111

).\l'lIing used to, but the "getlil1).I~I·d111"I~ purt of ihe fun! I\~I 1111 1I1111tl'd Il1y scarch Ior wire, 1 Iound 111'.111 WII, ("1'( HI'Sl1UrCes,page 87), which i~ wh.u 111',11111' IIIOS!.lt ís available in most 11t';\d,,11111'., Il,dl ~lllrl'S, catalogs, and of ('11111,,1, ,,111111' 1IIII'IIIl'I, lt is permanently 1Ilill, 11, "1 '1"1 \111',lIld comes in an amazing :111 d} 1" , '''''1' •. 11dllt'Sl1't tarnish, and Artistic WII' lit" ¡I 111\ I'IIIII'SS Ior making silvered \11' 111,11 )',11",11 0111 tncrcdible shine and 111',,11 h 11'.11'\'111' IS vcry reasonably 1"lllll ",,' 1111\'ldl".1 range of colors is oIl'ld!.d", 111 "{', .'H. .uul lO gauge; there are 1r\"1 1"i,,¡;:, 1111111' rhn-kcr and thinner gauges. 1111111 I"! 1I1~,,1 ),lId,\).\l· on a spool Ior a

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1 prefer metal crochet hooks Ior crocheting
with wire because its just toO rough on wood or plastic hooks. Experiment and see what you thínk. You may find that your old hooks work just fine, whatever they are.
1 lo ve the new crochet hooks because

Cace of the work in the direcnon it was crocheted.

How to Crochet with Wire
The great news is that the basic crochet stitches are the same whether wire or with yam, although
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Wire Cutters
You'll find wire cutters in most bead, craft, and hobby stores Choose wire Cutters that are lightweight and ha ve easy-grip coated handles. The cutting end has a Ilat side and an angled side. Position the flat side toward

Fine-gauge

wires can CUl in LO \ lu- ,,111 11

you work with working with with wire

you aren't careful (keep in mi nd \ luu 11111 wire is used in cheese cutters)! 'l lu: IH'~I thing lo do when you're crochcunu wire is to relax-just crocheting WI\h 11111 as you do wlH'11)'11111 Villl III.I~

their

wide grip provides good leverage for working with heavy wire. You'll probably the hooks you prefer to use for thread or yarn are the ones you'll like best for crocheting wire. with find that

wire feels a bit different and you may have

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tug and pul! a hule harder, especially fine-gauge
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heavy gauges. Working with feels similar thread,

with fine threads and 11'\ lu 11111

working with fine crochet
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flow from the spool into your hnnd

but you may find it diffícult to pul! doing rows. the stitches

be inclined to try some new way ni hl1ldllll'. the wire to make iL Ieel just right, luu 1111 truth is that it may always íecl a hi\ dillllllll Here's a ríp: Put plenty oílouon ly and to protect your cuticles. 01'('11',11111111

the stitches as tight as you are used with thread crochet; moreover, It takes some practice working

Chaín-Nose

Plíers

the work

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get a straight cut; position

the

are a little harder to see for subsequent to get the feel of

Chain-nose pliers resemble regular pliers, but they have no teeth on the surface of the gripping are a
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angled si de toward the work for an angled cut. For safety purposes, 1 use only the flat side and make only straight cuts because the edge of a flat cut is not as sharp as an angled cut. Never use wire cutters to cut anything but wire.

your hands to keep the wire Ilowinj; <,1111111111

on fine wire with small hooks, but yam
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its similar to geuing the feeling of switching from worsted-weight size 10 crochet thread. Just take your time and get the feel of the small wires and hooks with a few practice pieces before you leap into a large

ruin the surface of the wire. They

are good pliers for attaching findings, wire wrapping, and finishing off pieces crocheted with wíre.

Wire Smoother
Wire smoothers look pliers like heavy-duty covered jaw to smooth kinked or twisted wire. Crocheting with in your toolbox.

project.

Holding the hook like a pencil.

Rolling Pin
Some crochet pieces require "blocking" to strengthen them. A regular bakers rolling pin used on a flat surface covered by newspaper works perfectly. Gently move the rolling pin over the sur-

but have a nylon-

Row to Rold the Wíre and Rook
You may find you won't be able to wrap wire in your fingers as you do yam. If you try, the wire will tighten up too much and rnay actually hurt your hands. Since ir doesn't stretch, wire doesn't require as much tensión as yam. Experiment with different ways of holding
Holding the hook like a knife.

wire can crcate little snalus that make this tool invaluable

the wire in the hand you don't crochet with. You may fincl that one wrap arouncl your index finger is all thats needed.
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1 ha ve always held my crochet hook with my hand under the hook-like a pencil-but 1 was holding wíth some of the heavier 1 was holding a kníle Ior

Getting the Kinks Out
lf the wíre gets kínked as you work, you can run your fingers over it to straighten ir, or you can gently pull on both sides of [he kink and rub the wire against the edge of a table. Don't manipulate the wire too (see tools, much or it is likely to break. Or is use a wire smoother page 13) Holding the wire in one hand, run the smoother clown the wire several times.
Straighten wire with a wire smoother.

wires, l've found that 1 have to hold my hand over the hook-like more leverage. Doing so Ielt strange because, for me, ir was such a different way to hold the hook, but being willing to experiment one key to successful wire crocheting.

If a project calls for stringing beads beíore you start crocheting, you'll be delightecl by the fact that most wire is usually heavy and stiff enough to acr as a beading neeclle you can strmg the beads an the wire withcut extra iools or accessories, ancl stríng on the beacls. lf the wire is too fine to act as a stringing needle, a sewing needle with an eye large Pour the beads into a small dish, dip the wire into the dish,
Use a wire or needle to pick up beads to string.

You'll Iind that ir isnt nec-

essary to get the kinks out
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won't be able to see them. I've cliscovered that when 1 crochet with beads, the wire doesn't kink; the beads seem to keep the wire straight. So even when your project doesn't require beads, place four or five meclium-sizecl seecl beacls (or one large beacl) on the wire just to keep ir from kínking As you work,

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a size 10 quílung needle, but a small sewing neeclle works well as long as it can accept the wire ancl then a bead going over the wire Iolded ihrough its eye. Heres a tip: l've learnecl from experimentation that the eye on most beading neeclles is too small for wire, so don't even bother trying them.

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that you may not make a decision aboui the closure until you finish the piece. yarn over hook (Figure 1) and draw it through allloops on the hook (Figure 2).5 cm) is enough Ior ihc wirr 111 1111.\II~1.1'. insert the hook into a stitch. "1 always be sure you leavc 10ng"('IIIIIII'. DOUBLE CROCHET (DC) Yarn over hook.1'. a n d Fi n ish in 9 Off Although it may not make much sense in the beginning.111111. yarn over hook and draw ir through the two rernaining loops on hook. insert hook into the next srítch. Thats usually what happens in my clesigns-l may not be quite sure just how they are going to end and how heavy or what type of a closure 1 will want. Figure 2 ~ '-Figure 1 Figure 2 2 o .1111'!' ry called findings) to augmcni 1III'lw. Sometimes you use 1. insert hook into a stitch. Fa ste ni n g. Attaching Closures. 11111 ti 11" (20. yarn over hook and draw a loop through stitch (three loops on hcok).lIblllll eíther encl.'\ 111 secure the closures LOthe crorhrr. so 1 make the clecision after l'm finished.. yarn over hook (Figure 1) and draw it through two loops.11l• .111'1111' orusingjump rings.Crochet with Wire SINGLE CROCHET WITH BEAD Drop a bead next lo the loop on hook. yarn over hook and draw it through the remaining two loops (Figure 2). If you think ahead and plan the type of closure you're going to use. yarn over hook and draw a loop through (three loops on hook). that choice often provides direction Ior the overall designo Its true.11 ¡. No matter how you procccd wuh .llIl

111 pieces.111 1.1111 (these are includecl in the largel 1>\. Herc are (')(.1 Iew and how te attach thcrn 10 1111' 11111 1111 HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (HDC) Yarn over hook. 111. Sometimes part of a closure can be attached with the first chain stitch.1I I.\ 111 work with and finísh into thc SI ildll'~ Figure 1 Closures You can Iind a wonderful varlrry Id 1111'. though. MOSl are simple LO auach I)}''. it can be fun to plan the finishing before you start a project. yarn over hook and draw a loop through.

Intermediate: Projects that use a variety of techniques. Beginner: Projects for first-time crocheters that use basic stitches.~: -Ór: /... '" '-" f '.-. \ ¡'y: ( ..-.~ 1... small hooks.f..... and yarn crochet in general..~ "I'~.\ '<.l'.' 111 r: ':'( 'l._

"._ 7:' ~ -i-~.. '':''>.(.. I. such as basic lace patterns or color patterns.' _. '<. -y. I?.~.
\. (''/ ''t 1 1: . \. . " . ! . . '1"-..! "1. '<'j"'r~í //~\ 'vt' . ~.•.. toa...... .~ p-- (~ r.J. . .>'. \.. terns. . /..' '.r. <s."-..'-~ .~.'. '. l' (.--....' ":'//.._\ "'~ ~ • l' \ ( <s> J. ". Minimal shaping. repetitive stitch patterns. . multicolor techniques... . simple color changes....' ~/. These levels are those that apply to garments.".. sÓ« "-.1 .•. j sions.. and finishing. '1 '\~ '¡'. They'll help you select the projects that are perfect for you. techníques.Iine threads. I ~ (.'. \. mid-level shaping.-t.< ..###BOT_TEXT###quot;'\ r • -. ~'t.-.~(~:?' ( (1·'~I. '---.~ .:.. .'o ~ "-'1'" -. afghans. .. 'j ~r
¡JI.c~. detailed shaping.:.~' t· .\ oY~. -.:. and dimen.: __ !..y:" .. " .-C -< J /J_'" I . simple shaping. Easy: Projects that use yarn or thread with basic stitches..~- l~:. I_!!' b' . "_. such as nonrepeating pat. •.¿::.\í /' -~ l .._. J~ .:f-r 1\.t ' \. . -. .-.~./ A\(':( \. '" p..~ .•.~~ cr>: ....'. . and they apply to wire crochet." y. and finishing Experienced: Projects with intricate stitch patterns.:.""_ 26 ( .'{ r ".Projects SKILL LEVELS 1use the most recent definitions from the Craft Yarn Council to designa te the skilllevel of the patterns in this book. :.". ¡lo" ('.j~¡ • \. :-<.. I l\. /:.' l. and refined finishing.. . '\:.. •..~}~}-~.~. .

j oin with a sl st.3 cm x 20. and cut close to work. Fasten off. chaining an agate in each st.00 mm • Notions: Wire cutter shaped agates about long. hdc in each st around. jom with a sl st in first ch." (1 cm) • Haak: Steel size 4/2. Rnd 1: Ch 2. You'll want to make one to match every outfit in your doset! String agates on wire. finish off in a bead. turno Rl1d 2: Ch 1.5 cm) Materials • Wire: Artistic Wire. FINISHING Weave in ends. The cuff will stretch slightly to go over ihe widest pan of [he hand and onto the wrist. join with a 51 st in first sc. . 28-gauge (15 Vd [14 m] spool): 1 spool of natural copper • Beads: 60 to 70 irreqularlv 'l. sc an agate in each st around.Skilllevel Easv Easy to slip on and off. being careful not to twist the ch. this cuff is a snap to make and an absolute joy to wear.5 cm) Finished Size 'h" x 8" (1. Make a ch 8" (20.

beads one at a time into ihc 4-lw:ld Square 9: Using color color A. rep Square 1. join color C. rep Square 1. I t ~ .. Size 6 hook placed back in loop to beg in new color.111 work a ch with the 4 beads.1I oll h 01\ -. Figure 2. e.5 cm) tail. work a ch with :1 Ill'ild 111 each st until4 beads remo Draw 1111 1111. Using color A. W(. join color B. join into the beads and [asten off String all the remaining color A. rep Square 1. rep Square 1.•. join make a larger bead. Square 2: Using color A.I~ 1111 1111 11111 and overcast (by sewing with LI1(' hook several Limes LO Square 4: Using color A.. work 20. r015«(. Ill'ild (1:1~1l wult ( 11 each st until you reach the hook CUI Square 3: Using color B. thc °111111'0111 11111 of the necklace..•.join color A. join color C. Square 7: Using color B. though ir were sewing ihread) arouud secure.:lvt' bcads ('\lll'l LO Square 5: Using color color A. rep Square l. Sew thc 1'l'111:111I1I1)'. Size 8 hook with bead. join color A. e. a 12" (30. Weave thc beads and íasten off. 1111 \'111 WIII' . rep Square 1.1 111 111)' Square 8: Using color A. JOil1 with a sI SL (11111 Sqttare 6: Using color A. join color B. Figure 3. slide over the hook.. rep Square 1.sq u u r t' Ij NI I h 1. ch a the clasp hook into the last Sl. rep Square 1. WII(' 111111 I111 .

". /" '' \ .Winter Lr e e s Ne:cklace a n d Earrings You can move the beads if you like. Weave in ends. . Fasten off. FINISHING Using the remaining wire ends.. eI -"~ ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS Christmas spooll: 1 spool of green • Beads: 1 tube (5 g) size 6' mixed colors to look like Christmas lights • Wire: Artistic Wire. 28-gauge (40 yd [37 m] 49 . attach the jump rungs in the loop at the topo Weave in ends. FINISHING Using the remaining wire ends.. attach the jump rings of the clasp to the ends of the necklace. but the random placernent gives this necklace some of its charm.".l' "'~'I\ Earrings Work as for necklace until 6 beads have been placed.

2 spools of olive • Beads: '/.10 mm • Notions: Silver clasp • Wire: Artistic spool). 168 • Haok:Steel size 3/2. this design evokes a forest of fairy treasures woven among thin. soft vines." 6mm round beads." (6mm) flat round beads to match wire. 28-gauge (15 yd [14 m] • Wire: Artistic Neckloce: 3/." x 7" (1.10 mm Wire cutters \ 54 '\ .Understated yet stunning. 47 • I-Iook: Steel size 3/2. 28-gauge (15 yd [14 m] necklace) • Beads: '/. The Ilat beads make this ser comfonable on the neck and armo Skill Level Intermediate • Notions: Silver clasp Wi re cutters Chain-nose pliers Finished Size Materials for Bracelet Wire. 1 spool of olive (or leftovers frorn Materials for Necklace Wire.3 cm x 18 cm) with clasp spool)." x 15" (1 cm x 38 cm) with clasp Brace/et: '/.

5 cm) with clasp Brocetet: '!.' J i\ J'" '\. ¡' . \..~ '" '\."."~' \ L \. l <r~? "'-i:.....•. '\ <""~"- ~JS '~'\ '1. ~ -.. 'h\. /~\ .'¿." '1'.:.\. "~. " ~ .3 cm) and 'la" (1. . •.• ~y.\ .•.. i.Wearing pure silver is almost magical. "\ ~h.. \ '='.:"'.... Materials for Necklace and Bracelet • Wire: 1 oz Rio Grande sterling silver wire. ""'.5 cm) sterling silver lobster clasps 4 sterling silver jump rings Finished Size Necklace: '/......• . .. \.. \ j. 1.57 m]) • Hook: Steel size 2 (2.... and the wire is a dream to work with.\ . ......-'.. both the satísfaction of making Skill Level Easy the necklace and bracelet and showing thern off.~~: .-'o '. . You'll love this project.5 cm) with clasp ~.. ... • '" 1:~~~:_. 28 gauge (40 yd [36.. .'.. .... \.'r 1. <: .~ ~ ." x 23'¡''' (6 mm x 59." (1. .25 mm) • Notions: '/..-" " \..r -.' " 60 ~ir."\." .•.. .•." x 8" (6 mm x 20. " '.-' . \~~'.I\~ ~~' .'..

Working in a spiral with the tube toward the left. Done in Tunisian stitch. do not join. work two rows of sc. being carefu1not to crush the tube. se in each ch around. Skill Level Easy Bracelet Work as Ior neck1ace until tube measures 7. There will appear to be a Jump to the next row at the beg of every row. join with a sl st in first ch." (19 cm) Finish as for necklace with smaller lobster claw. then attach larger lobster claw to jump ring. Finished Size Necklace: 'lo" x 18" (1.5 cm) with clasp Btoceiet: 1" x 8" (2. The tube will tend lo Ilatten for the Iirst Iew rows.but the results are enchanting with the solid inside 100k and the 1acyedges. The gold-fílled wire for this project is easy to work with.Crochet with Wire Nechlace Note: Always work on inside of tube. 1 oz (28 g) 62 . Ch 4.5 cm x 0. this beautiful neck1aceand brace1et made of gold-fílled wire are sure to become family jewelry heirlooms. but you can substitute any Artistic Wire color if you desire. Weave in ends in center of tube. Row 3: Working in BL of sts. gold-filled • Hook: Steel size O (3.5 cm) with clasp Materials for Necklace and Bracelet • Wire: Master Wire Sculptor Wire.5 cm x 45. Fasten off. Row 1: Ch 1. The stitch is easy. Rep Row 3 until tube measures 2Ph" (54. hdc in each st around.25 mm) • Notions.5 cm) long. push a knitting needle or pencil into the center to make the tube. FINISHING Insert jump ring into center of crochet at one end. 28-gauge round dead-soft. rotate it away Irorn you. Attach jump ring to other end. Row 2: Sc in each st around. Gold hook clasp for necklace Gold toggle clasp for bracelet Wire cutters wire.

loop on hook. pull through two loops) 3 times. Do not turno Repeat Row 2 until necklace measures 18" (45. C'. Do 110l turn.5 cm). Note this inc1ucles lasi lonp. FINISHING Sew on toggle clasp with tails of wi re al end. fasten off. Fasten off. 111'111 1111 Row 2: (Insert hook into vertical WIIi' ed by last row) 5 times. Note that this ill###BOT_TEXT###quot;I\I(11" last loop. There are now four loops on hook. Six loops pul! through hook. Note that this includes last loop. Do not turno (Yoh.H 11 11'1 . (Yoh. I Necklace Set-up Row: Ch 4. Weave in ends of wire ancl fasten off. pul! up a loop) 3 times. pul! through 2 loops) Bracelet Ch6 Row 1: (Insert hook in ncxt SI. 1 se in next 3 chs. 6W' (17 ('11\) FINISHING Use crochet hook to pul! out loops on both edges.Gol d La ee N e e k I 11 t l' 11 1\ íI 1\ I ¡j • ti l. There are now six IOUIl~'1111 hook.. Four loops on hook. sk 1 ch. Roll gently with rolling pino Sew on hook clasp with tails of wire on each encl. (YIIII two loops) 6 limes. Weave in ends. PUlllhlllll/t two lcops) 5 times. pull up . ell\( j 3 times. loop) 5 times. Do not turno Rcp Ruw until bracelet measures Pasten off. Do not turno Row 2: (lnsert hook into vertical wire created by last row) 3 times. Do not turno (Yoh. turno Row 1: (Insert hook in next st.

5 cm) with clasp Broce/et: 1'h" x 7'!. Skill Level Intermediate • Notions: '!. se in same se. 2 se in last se. eh 1 with erystal. 1 se in next 3 se. se in next se. *1 se in next 3 se. 3 se in next eh . Ch 20.Remember the old zigzag or ripple pattern used to eroehet afghans? My mother used to make those afghans by the dozens. 2 se in seeond se from hook. Necklace String 18 erystals on wire. Turn. Here is an updated wire version made into a necklace and braeelet that are very dífferent Irom the tradítional use of the pattern." (2 cm) silver or pewter hook clasp Wire cutters Chain-nose pliers Size Neckloce: 1'/. sk 2 se. 1 se in next 3 ch. Row 3: Ch 1. 2 se in seeond eh from hook. eh 6-9 erystals used.8 cm x 19. turno Row 2: Ch 1. Row 1: Ch 1. (eh 9. 6mm. turn. sk 2 eh (includes eh over crystal). rep from " until 4 sts rem. 2 se in last se.00 mm • Beods: 11 crystals.00 rnrn • Notions: Pewter hinged clasp Wire cutters G6 . 3 se in next se. se in eaeh of next 3 se. Fasten off. 2 spools of plum Materials for Neeklaee • Wire: Artistic Wire. 28-gauge (15 yd [14 m] spool).' x 15'/. "se in eaeh of next 3 se. 28-gauge (15 yd [14 m] spool]: 2 spools of plum • Beods: 18 crystals. to match wire • Hook: Steel size 4/2. '"1 se in next 3 ch. slide a erystal up to the hook. At the end Di Row 3.5 cm) with clasp Materials for Braeelet • Wire: Artistic Wire. 2 se in first se. repeat from " until 4 sts remo 1 se in next 3 se.2 cm x 39. se in each ch of eh 20 just made. repeat from * until 4 sts remo 1 se in next 3 ch. Ch 5. se in eaeh of next 3 se. 2 se in last ch. to match wire • Hook: Steel size 4/2. se with bead in same se. sk 2 se. 6mm." (3. and a whole lot more fun. si st in last st of Row 3." (3. eh 1 with erystal) 8 times.

f( Clasp sewn to velvet. Rep Rows 2 and 3 unul piece measure about sute to catch the wire of the necklacc as yOll sew Sew one end of the clasp LO the fold in the ribbon. d by Row 2. end with Row 3. Fasten off." (1. Sew hem to ('lid 111 Bracelet String 11 crystals on wire. ch 2. 11t(' ('lid of the wire necklace on the wrong sídc. Ch 5. This necklace and bracelet set is easy to crea te with Iilei crochet in a simple grid partern that makes natural places to add velvet ribbons . turn. reattach wire to the other end of neeklace. slide the hook up to the crochet hook. Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as [írst de). Fold 1. turn-6 crystals used. turno Row 3: Ch 2. -~l.1. de in each ch acrass.. Row 1: Rep Row 1 of necklace. turn. de in each st across.. leaving l~" (. (ch 9." (2. Rows 2-4: Rep Row 2 of necklace (3 times). each end.5 cm). sk next 2 sts. 30-gauge (30 yd [28 m] spool): 1 spool of gold • Hook: Steel size 8 (1. -~ ~-l1f~1f.50 mm) • Notions: '/. de in each of next 2 sts.Crochet with Wire FINISHING Thread the hook for the closure on the wire.H (11¡). l3'h" (34." (6 mm) hem in cach the ribbon and fold again. turn-8 sts. bring a crystal up close to hook. 30. Row 5: Rep 3 of necklace with crystals placed as dírected.e'"-----t __ FINISHING Weave velvet ribbon through the hoil'~( II'¡II.2 cm x 37 cm) with clasp Brace/et: 1%" x 7" (3.l. ch 6. Cut ribbon.3 cm) gold filigree square box clasp 18" (45. bring a crys- FINISHING Attach clasp. 1 spool of gold Materials Ior Necklace • Wire: Artistic Wire. he Necklace Row 1: Ch 9.3 cm) gold filigree square box t'liI~p 10" (25. Fasten off _ Filet Crochet Necklace and Bracel'-"-. Fasten off. de in each of last 3 sts.50 mrnl • Notions: '/.5 cm x 18 cm) with clasp Materials for Bracelet • Wire: Artistic Wire.gauge (30 yd [28 mi spool). ch 5.5 cm) '10" (1 cm) black velvet ribbon Sewing thread to match velvet ribbon Sewing needle Wire cutters 68 69 . Rep for other side.I1 1 love Iilet crochet (also called double crochet)." (1. Skill Level Easy Sewing thread to match velvet ribbon Sewing needle Wire cutters Finished Size Necklace: 'la" x 14'/. de in third ch Irom hook. se in each ch of ch 5 just made.5 cm) 'la" (1 cm) black velvet ribbon • Hook:Steel size 8 (1. tal up close to hook) 5 times.o(. but you could addleather or lace.

Row 3: Ch 2 (eounts as first de). Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until braeelet measures 6" (15 cm).Filet Crochet Necklace and Bracelet Bracelet Row 1: Ch 14. eh 2. end with Row 3. de in eaeh of next 3 eh) twiee. Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first de). rum-U sts. 3 de in next ch-Z sp. turn-U sts. de in eaeh of last 3 de. de in eaeh of next 2 de. tum-14 sts. 3 de in next eh-2 sp eh 2. 7 1 . de in eaeh of next 2 sts. skip 3 de. de in eaeh of next 2 sts. de in eaeh of last 3 de." (2 cm) at eaeh end Ior finishing. FINISHING Finish as for neeklaee. eutting the ribbon :y. eh 2 sk next 2 eh. 1 de in third eh fram hook. 3 de in next eh-2 sp. eh 2. sk 3 de.

fax (800) <lh') 2.com Fire Mountaín Gems and Beads Wy. FL foil hdc rern rep stls) tbl WS yoh 7500 Bluewater Rd. Líttle Rock. Crocheters Companion.< BL ch st cont dc sl st sp 752 North Larch Ave. Elrnhurst. Loveland. Encyclopedia oJ Crochet. iand. Nancie M. 1600 Clay Sl. lnierweave Press.rishashay. l) vrvr»: riogrande. CO 80437-2409 www. 2003.' (800) 545-6566. I 1. 2002.corn For gold wire Río Grande Albuquerque. IL 60126 (630) 530-7567. MS 39 1ti 1 (877) 636-2137 www. Vicksburg. Donna. Iax (630) 530-7536 wwwartisticwire.com Rishashay One Fire Mountain Grants Pass. MI 59801 (800) 517-3311 www.com 300 Evans Missoula.com Bag Lady PO Box 2409 Evergreen.firemounLaingems.com Bibliography Brown. 2002. ~'\. Arkansas: Leisure Arts. KJ1ittiJ1gwith Wirc. OR 97526-2373 (800) 355-2137 www. Colorado: Kooler. NW NM 87121 1%.wire-sculpturc. Nancy. 111 . Press. Colorado: Interweave LoveWiseman.baglady.Abbreviations beg begin/beginning back loop chain stitch continue double crochet front loop following half double crochet remain/remaining repeat Resources RS se sk right side single crochet skip slip stitch space stitch(es) through back loop wrong side yarn over hook Artistic Wire Master Wirc Sculpior.

and 1111111111' crochet. unless you use the silvered wire. half double crochet._ 1 3 . the steel crochet hooks are the smallest ancl those categorízed by leuers are the largesr (see the charts..50 mm) crochet hook..III/'.65 1. lilll 11. III work wlIIl. which has less yardage. 111Illod'l .II'IIIII/' .90 1.' . There is a vast difference in these sizes.50 .50 3. MODIFIED L1ST OF CROCHET HOOK SIZES Millimeter equivalent may vary slightly from rnanufacturer to manufacturer.Lrhuluu-. page 87).80 1. Tools for Wire Crochet Crochet Hooks The size of the hooks used in the projects for this book varies from a size 7 (1. but 1 haven't experimented with them.ql'lIll1l'd III knuw cxacily 1111"11111111 \VIII' you nccd. Whaiever brand of wire you use. You'll need some wire just lo noodle around wll h and gel the Ieel of before you start a proj1'11 "Ian with some 28-gauge wire and a size 11() 2'5 111111) crochet hook and experiment \'1111 ~ll1glc crochet. lf you haverit done much crochet with thread you may neecl to practice with the smaller hooks a líttle belore you use them with wire. the finish won't scrape off the wire and ruin the piece.Crochet with Wire projcci.u 1111111 111I11I111<llion on crochet stitches). Crochet Hook Sízes Sizc 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 mm equívalent 2. first do research on ir: Make sure it doesn't tarnish and comes in the gauges and colors you want. begin with yam to 1111111111 l.uuilinr wuh the stitches before you 11111111111111'111 with wire (see pages 19 to 20 1. Using thern isn't hard. ~Iil'k lO a sampler ofthe stitches unnl 1111 gl'l 11Il'Iccl of what its like to work with 1111' \ 111'msicad of working with yam.1l'l'lIlltll11ical order ~.25 e D E F G Steel.. Lettered Crochet Hook Sízes Size B mm equivalent 2.I " .111'('1' wire is also available by the 11111111 h om 1{lllGrande in Albuquerque.. 1'-11'11' ~Ii ' 1I11(scc Rcsources. its just ihat the work is 011 such a tiny scale. ríght).65 mm) steel crochet hook up to a size E (3. Steel crochet hooks are usecl mostly with crochet thread and lettered crochet hooks are used mosily with yam.75 2. You dont need to make any111111g.25 210 2. There are other brands of wire ihat would work for wire crochet.00 1.75 4..uul ~IIIIII' " times feels a bit stiffer to work wuh than Artistic Wire. but it will certainly make a treasure to last a lííetíme.25 3. L.1 / 8 ijiñ •.75 3.25 2. And be sure its good enough wire so that after you've pUL in al! the work to make a lovely necklace or basket. lf ~11111I111\ III crochet.lIl11 wuu h 111(' 111'1 11111 11\ 111llllll'~ 111 11111111" g.

).\l'lIing used to, but the "getlil1).I~I·d111"I~ purt of ihe fun! I\~I 1111 1I1111tl'd Il1y scarch Ior wire, 1 Iound 111'.111 WII, ("1'( HI'Sl1UrCes,page 87), which i~ wh.u 111',11111' IIIOS!.lt ís available in most 11t';\d,,11111'., Il,dl ~lllrl'S, catalogs, and of ('11111,,1, ,,111111' 1IIII'IIIl'I, lt is permanently 1Ilill, 11, "1 '1"1 \111',lIld comes in an amazing :111 d} 1" , '''''1' •. 11dllt'Sl1't tarnish, and Artistic WII' lit" ¡I 111\ I'IIIII'SS Ior making silvered \11' 111,11 )',11",11 0111 tncrcdible shine and 111',,11 h 11'.11'\'111' IS vcry reasonably 1"lllll ",,' 1111\'ldl".1 range of colors is oIl'ld!.d", 111 "{', .'H. .uul lO gauge; there are 1r\"1 1"i,,¡;:, 1111111' rhn-kcr and thinner gauges. 1111111 I"! 1I1~,,1 ),lId,\).\l· on a spool Ior a

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1 prefer metal crochet hooks Ior crocheting
with wire because its just toO rough on wood or plastic hooks. Experiment and see what you thínk. You may find that your old hooks work just fine, whatever they are.
1 lo ve the new crochet hooks because

Cace of the work in the direcnon it was crocheted.

How to Crochet with Wire
The great news is that the basic crochet stitches are the same whether wire or with yam, although
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Wire Cutters
You'll find wire cutters in most bead, craft, and hobby stores Choose wire Cutters that are lightweight and ha ve easy-grip coated handles. The cutting end has a Ilat side and an angled side. Position the flat side toward

Fine-gauge

wires can CUl in LO \ lu- ,,111 11

you work with working with with wire

you aren't careful (keep in mi nd \ luu 11111 wire is used in cheese cutters)! 'l lu: IH'~I thing lo do when you're crochcunu wire is to relax-just crocheting WI\h 11111 as you do wlH'11)'11111 Villl III.I~

their

wide grip provides good leverage for working with heavy wire. You'll probably the hooks you prefer to use for thread or yarn are the ones you'll like best for crocheting wire. with find that

wire feels a bit different and you may have

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heavy gauges. Working with feels similar thread,

with fine threads and 11'\ lu 11111

working with fine crochet
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flow from the spool into your hnnd

but you may find it diffícult to pul! doing rows. the stitches

be inclined to try some new way ni hl1ldllll'. the wire to make iL Ieel just right, luu 1111 truth is that it may always íecl a hi\ dillllllll Here's a ríp: Put plenty oílouon ly and to protect your cuticles. 01'('11',11111111

the stitches as tight as you are used with thread crochet; moreover, It takes some practice working

Chaín-Nose

Plíers

the work

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get a straight cut; position

the

are a little harder to see for subsequent to get the feel of

Chain-nose pliers resemble regular pliers, but they have no teeth on the surface of the gripping are a
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angled si de toward the work for an angled cut. For safety purposes, 1 use only the flat side and make only straight cuts because the edge of a flat cut is not as sharp as an angled cut. Never use wire cutters to cut anything but wire.

your hands to keep the wire Ilowinj; <,1111111111

on fine wire with small hooks, but yam
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its similar to geuing the feeling of switching from worsted-weight size 10 crochet thread. Just take your time and get the feel of the small wires and hooks with a few practice pieces before you leap into a large

ruin the surface of the wire. They

are good pliers for attaching findings, wire wrapping, and finishing off pieces crocheted with wíre.

Wire Smoother
Wire smoothers look pliers like heavy-duty covered jaw to smooth kinked or twisted wire. Crocheting with in your toolbox.

project.

Holding the hook like a pencil.

Rolling Pin
Some crochet pieces require "blocking" to strengthen them. A regular bakers rolling pin used on a flat surface covered by newspaper works perfectly. Gently move the rolling pin over the sur-

but have a nylon-

Row to Rold the Wíre and Rook
You may find you won't be able to wrap wire in your fingers as you do yam. If you try, the wire will tighten up too much and rnay actually hurt your hands. Since ir doesn't stretch, wire doesn't require as much tensión as yam. Experiment with different ways of holding
Holding the hook like a knife.

wire can crcate little snalus that make this tool invaluable

the wire in the hand you don't crochet with. You may fincl that one wrap arouncl your index finger is all thats needed.
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Getting the Kinks Out
lf the wíre gets kínked as you work, you can run your fingers over it to straighten ir, or you can gently pull on both sides of [he kink and rub the wire against the edge of a table. Don't manipulate the wire too (see tools, much or it is likely to break. Or is use a wire smoother page 13) Holding the wire in one hand, run the smoother clown the wire several times.
Straighten wire with a wire smoother.

wires, l've found that 1 have to hold my hand over the hook-like more leverage. Doing so Ielt strange because, for me, ir was such a different way to hold the hook, but being willing to experiment one key to successful wire crocheting.

If a project calls for stringing beads beíore you start crocheting, you'll be delightecl by the fact that most wire is usually heavy and stiff enough to acr as a beading neeclle you can strmg the beads an the wire withcut extra iools or accessories, ancl stríng on the beacls. lf the wire is too fine to act as a stringing needle, a sewing needle with an eye large Pour the beads into a small dish, dip the wire into the dish,
Use a wire or needle to pick up beads to string.

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essary to get the kinks out
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won't be able to see them. I've cliscovered that when 1 crochet with beads, the wire doesn't kink; the beads seem to keep the wire straight. So even when your project doesn't require beads, place four or five meclium-sizecl seecl beacls (or one large beacl) on the wire just to keep ir from kínking As you work,

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a size 10 quílung needle, but a small sewing neeclle works well as long as it can accept the wire ancl then a bead going over the wire Iolded ihrough its eye. Heres a tip: l've learnecl from experimentation that the eye on most beading neeclles is too small for wire, so don't even bother trying them.

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111 pieces.111 1.1111 (these are includecl in the largel 1>\. Herc are (')(.1 Iew and how te attach thcrn 10 1111' 11111 1111 HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (HDC) Yarn over hook. 111. Sometimes part of a closure can be attached with the first chain stitch.1I I.\ 111 work with and finísh into thc SI ildll'~ Figure 1 Closures You can Iind a wonderful varlrry Id 1111'. though. MOSl are simple LO auach I)}''. it can be fun to plan the finishing before you start a project. yarn over hook and draw a loop through.

¡JI.c~. detailed shaping.:.~' t· .\ oY~. -.:. and dimen.: __ !..y:" .. " .-C -< J /J_'" I . simple shaping. Easy: Projects that use yarn or thread with basic stitches..~- l~:. I_!!' b' . "_. such as nonrepeating pat. •.¿::.\í /' -~ l .._. J~ .:f-r 1\.t ' \. . -. .-.~./ A\(':( \. '" p..~ .•.~~ cr>: ....'. . and they apply to wire crochet." y. and finishing Experienced: Projects with intricate stitch patterns.:.""_ 26 ( .'{ r ".Projects SKILL LEVELS 1use the most recent definitions from the Craft Yarn Council to designa te the skilllevel of the patterns in this book. :.". ¡lo" ('.j~¡ • \. :-<.. I l\. /:.' l. and refined finishing.. . '\:.. •..~}~}-~.~. .

j oin with a sl st.3 cm x 20. and cut close to work. Fasten off. chaining an agate in each st.00 mm • Notions: Wire cutter shaped agates about long. hdc in each st around. jom with a sl st in first ch." (1 cm) • Haak: Steel size 4/2. Rnd 1: Ch 2. You'll want to make one to match every outfit in your doset! String agates on wire. finish off in a bead. turno Rl1d 2: Ch 1.5 cm) Materials • Wire: Artistic Wire. FINISHING Weave in ends. The cuff will stretch slightly to go over ihe widest pan of [he hand and onto the wrist. join with a 51 st in first sc. . 28-gauge (15 Vd [14 m] spool): 1 spool of natural copper • Beads: 60 to 70 irreqularlv 'l. sc an agate in each st around.Skilllevel Easv Easy to slip on and off. being careful not to twist the ch. this cuff is a snap to make and an absolute joy to wear.5 cm) Finished Size 'h" x 8" (1. Make a ch 8" (20.

beads one at a time into ihc 4-lw:ld Square 9: Using color color A. rep Square 1. join color C. rep Square 1. I t ~ .. Size 6 hook placed back in loop to beg in new color.111 work a ch with the 4 beads.1I oll h 01\ -. Figure 2. e.5 cm) tail. work a ch with :1 Ill'ild 111 each st until4 beads remo Draw 1111 1111. Using color A. W(. join color B. join into the beads and [asten off String all the remaining color A. rep Square 1. rep Square 1.•. join make a larger bead. Square 2: Using color A.I~ 1111 1111 11111 and overcast (by sewing with LI1(' hook several Limes LO Square 4: Using color A.. work 20. r015«(. Ill'ild (1:1~1l wult ( 11 each st until you reach the hook CUI Square 3: Using color B. thc °111111'0111 11111 of the necklace..•.join color A. join color C. Square 7: Using color B. though ir were sewing ihread) arouud secure.:lvt' bcads ('\lll'l LO Square 5: Using color color A. rep Square l. Sew thc 1'l'111:111I1I1)'. Size 8 hook with bead. join color A. e. a 12" (30. Weave thc beads and íasten off. 1111 \'111 WIII' . rep Square 1.1 111 111)' Square 8: Using color A. JOil1 with a sI SL (11111 Sqttare 6: Using color A. join color B. Figure 3. slide over the hook.. rep Square 1.sq u u r t' Ij NI I h 1. ch a the clasp hook into the last Sl. rep Square 1. WII(' 111111 I111 .

". /" '' \ .Winter Lr e e s Ne:cklace a n d Earrings You can move the beads if you like. Weave in ends. . Fasten off. FINISHING Using the remaining wire ends.. eI -"~ ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS Christmas spooll: 1 spool of green • Beads: 1 tube (5 g) size 6' mixed colors to look like Christmas lights • Wire: Artistic Wire. 28-gauge (40 yd [37 m] 49 . attach the jump rungs in the loop at the topo Weave in ends. FINISHING Using the remaining wire ends.. attach the jump rings of the clasp to the ends of the necklace. but the random placernent gives this necklace some of its charm.".l' "'~'I\ Earrings Work as for necklace until 6 beads have been placed.

2 spools of olive • Beads: '/.10 mm • Notions: Silver clasp • Wire: Artistic spool). 168 • Haok:Steel size 3/2. this design evokes a forest of fairy treasures woven among thin. soft vines." 6mm round beads." (6mm) flat round beads to match wire. 28-gauge (15 yd [14 m] • Wire: Artistic Neckloce: 3/." x 7" (1.10 mm Wire cutters \ 54 '\ .Understated yet stunning. 47 • I-Iook: Steel size 3/2. 28-gauge (15 yd [14 m] necklace) • Beads: '/. The Ilat beads make this ser comfonable on the neck and armo Skill Level Intermediate • Notions: Silver clasp Wi re cutters Chain-nose pliers Finished Size Materials for Bracelet Wire. 1 spool of olive (or leftovers frorn Materials for Necklace Wire.3 cm x 18 cm) with clasp spool)." x 15" (1 cm x 38 cm) with clasp Brace/et: '/.

5 cm) with clasp Brocetet: '!.' J i\ J'" '\. ¡' . \..~ '" '\."."~' \ L \. l <r~? "'-i:.....•. '\ <""~"- ~JS '~'\ '1. ~ -.. 'h\. /~\ .'¿." '1'.:.\. "~. " ~ .3 cm) and 'la" (1. . •.• ~y.\ .•.. i.Wearing pure silver is almost magical. "\ ~h.. \ '='.:"'.... Materials for Necklace and Bracelet • Wire: 1 oz Rio Grande sterling silver wire. ""'.5 cm) sterling silver lobster clasps 4 sterling silver jump rings Finished Size Necklace: '/......• . .. \.. \ j. 1.57 m]) • Hook: Steel size 2 (2.... and the wire is a dream to work with.\ . ......-'.. both the satísfaction of making Skill Level Easy the necklace and bracelet and showing thern off.~~: .-'o '. . You'll love this project.5 cm) with clasp ~.. ... • '" 1:~~~:_. 28 gauge (40 yd [36.. .'.. .... \.'r 1. <: .~ ~ ." x 23'¡''' (6 mm x 59." (1. .25 mm) • Notions: '/..-" " \..r -.' " 60 ~ir."\." .•.. .•." x 8" (6 mm x 20. " '.-' . \~~'.I\~ ~~' .'..

Working in a spiral with the tube toward the left. Done in Tunisian stitch. do not join. work two rows of sc. being carefu1not to crush the tube. se in each ch around. Skill Level Easy Bracelet Work as Ior neck1ace until tube measures 7. There will appear to be a Jump to the next row at the beg of every row. join with a sl st in first ch." (19 cm) Finish as for necklace with smaller lobster claw. then attach larger lobster claw to jump ring. Finished Size Necklace: 'lo" x 18" (1.5 cm) with clasp Btoceiet: 1" x 8" (2. The tube will tend lo Ilatten for the Iirst Iew rows.but the results are enchanting with the solid inside 100k and the 1acyedges. The gold-fílled wire for this project is easy to work with.Crochet with Wire Nechlace Note: Always work on inside of tube. 1 oz (28 g) 62 . Ch 4.5 cm x 0. this beautiful neck1aceand brace1et made of gold-fílled wire are sure to become family jewelry heirlooms. but you can substitute any Artistic Wire color if you desire. Weave in ends in center of tube. Row 3: Working in BL of sts. gold-filled • Hook: Steel size O (3.5 cm) with clasp Materials for Necklace and Bracelet • Wire: Master Wire Sculptor Wire.5 cm x 45. Fasten off. Row 1: Ch 1. The stitch is easy. Rep Row 3 until tube measures 2Ph" (54. hdc in each st around.25 mm) • Notions.5 cm) long. push a knitting needle or pencil into the center to make the tube. FINISHING Insert jump ring into center of crochet at one end. 28-gauge round dead-soft. rotate it away Irorn you. Attach jump ring to other end. Row 2: Sc in each st around. Gold hook clasp for necklace Gold toggle clasp for bracelet Wire cutters wire.

loop on hook. pull through two loops) 3 times. Do not turno Repeat Row 2 until necklace measures 18" (45. C'. Do 110l turn.5 cm). Note this inc1ucles lasi lonp. FINISHING Sew on toggle clasp with tails of wi re al end. fasten off. Fasten off. 111'111 1111 Row 2: (Insert hook into vertical WIIi' ed by last row) 5 times. Note that this ill###BOT_TEXT###quot;I\I(11" last loop. There are now four loops on hook. Six loops pul! through hook. Note that this includes last loop. Do not turno (Yoh.H 11 11'1 . (Yoh. I Necklace Set-up Row: Ch 4. Weave in ends of wire ancl fasten off. pul! up a loop) 3 times. pul! through 2 loops) Bracelet Ch6 Row 1: (Insert hook in ncxt SI. 1 se in next 3 chs. 6W' (17 ('11\) FINISHING Use crochet hook to pul! out loops on both edges.Gol d La ee N e e k I 11 t l' 11 1\ íI 1\ I ¡j • ti l. There are now six IOUIl~'1111 hook.. Four loops on hook. sk 1 ch. Roll gently with rolling pino Sew on hook clasp with tails of wire on each encl. (YIIII two loops) 6 limes. Weave in ends. PUlllhlllll/t two lcops) 5 times. pull up . ell\( j 3 times. loop) 5 times. Do not turno Rcp Ruw until bracelet measures Pasten off. Do not turno Row 2: (lnsert hook into vertical wire created by last row) 3 times. Do not turno (Yoh. turno Row 1: (Insert hook in next st.

5 cm) with clasp Broce/et: 1'h" x 7'!. Skill Level Intermediate • Notions: '!. se in same se. 2 se in last se. eh 1 with erystal. 1 se in next 3 se. se in next se. *1 se in next 3 se. 3 se in next eh . Ch 20.Remember the old zigzag or ripple pattern used to eroehet afghans? My mother used to make those afghans by the dozens. 2 se in seeond se from hook. Necklace String 18 erystals on wire. Turn. Here is an updated wire version made into a necklace and braeelet that are very dífferent Irom the tradítional use of the pattern." (2 cm) silver or pewter hook clasp Wire cutters Chain-nose pliers Size Neckloce: 1'/. sk 2 se. 1 se in next 3 ch. Row 3: Ch 1. 2 se in seeond eh from hook. eh 6-9 erystals used.8 cm x 19. turno Row 2: Ch 1. Row 1: Ch 1. (eh 9. 6mm. turn. sk 2 eh (includes eh over crystal). rep from " until 4 sts rem. 2 se in last se.00 mm • Beods: 11 crystals.00 rnrn • Notions: Pewter hinged clasp Wire cutters G6 . 3 se in next se. se in eaeh of next 3 se. Fasten off. 2 spools of plum Materials for Neeklaee • Wire: Artistic Wire. 28-gauge (15 yd [14 m] spool).' x 15'/. "se in eaeh of next 3 se. 28-gauge (15 yd [14 m] spool]: 2 spools of plum • Beods: 18 crystals. to match wire • Hook: Steel size 4/2. '"1 se in next 3 ch. slide a erystal up to the hook. At the end Di Row 3.5 cm) with clasp Materials for Braeelet • Wire: Artistic Wire. 2 se in first se. repeat from " until 4 sts remo 1 se in next 3 se.2 cm x 39. se in each ch of eh 20 just made. repeat from * until 4 sts remo 1 se in next 3 ch. Ch 5. se in eaeh of next 3 se. 2 se in last ch. to match wire • Hook: Steel size 4/2. se with bead in same se. sk 2 se. 6mm." (3. and a whole lot more fun. si st in last st of Row 3." (3. eh 1 with erystal) 8 times.

f( Clasp sewn to velvet. Rep Rows 2 and 3 unul piece measure about sute to catch the wire of the necklacc as yOll sew Sew one end of the clasp LO the fold in the ribbon. d by Row 2. end with Row 3. Fasten off." (1. Sew hem to ('lid 111 Bracelet String 11 crystals on wire. ch 2. 11t(' ('lid of the wire necklace on the wrong sídc. Ch 5. This necklace and bracelet set is easy to crea te with Iilei crochet in a simple grid partern that makes natural places to add velvet ribbons . turn. reattach wire to the other end of neeklace. slide the hook up to the crochet hook. Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as [írst de). Fold 1. turn-6 crystals used. turno Row 3: Ch 2. -~l.1. de in each ch acrass.. Row 1: Rep Row 1 of necklace. turn. de in each st across.. leaving l~" (. (ch 9." (2. Rows 2-4: Rep Row 2 of necklace (3 times). each end.5 cm). sk next 2 sts. 30-gauge (30 yd [28 m] spool): 1 spool of gold • Hook: Steel size 8 (1. -~ ~-l1f~1f.50 mm) • Notions: '/. de in each of next 2 sts.Crochet with Wire FINISHING Thread the hook for the closure on the wire.H (11¡). l3'h" (34." (6 mm) hem in cach the ribbon and fold again. turn-8 sts. bring a crystal up close to hook. 30. Row 5: Rep 3 of necklace with crystals placed as dírected.e'"-----t __ FINISHING Weave velvet ribbon through the hoil'~( II'¡II.2 cm x 37 cm) with clasp Brace/et: 1%" x 7" (3.l. ch 6. Cut ribbon.3 cm) gold filigree square box clasp 18" (45. bring a crys- FINISHING Attach clasp. 1 spool of gold Materials Ior Necklace • Wire: Artistic Wire. he Necklace Row 1: Ch 9.3 cm) gold filigree square box t'liI~p 10" (25. Fasten off _ Filet Crochet Necklace and Bracel'-"-. Fasten off. de in each of last 3 sts.50 mrnl • Notions: '/.5 cm x 18 cm) with clasp Materials for Bracelet • Wire: Artistic Wire.gauge (30 yd [28 mi spool). ch 5.5 cm) '10" (1 cm) black velvet ribbon Sewing thread to match velvet ribbon Sewing needle Wire cutters 68 69 . Rep for other side.I1 1 love Iilet crochet (also called double crochet)." (1. Skill Level Easy Sewing thread to match velvet ribbon Sewing needle Wire cutters Finished Size Necklace: 'la" x 14'/. de in third ch Irom hook. se in each ch of ch 5 just made.5 cm) 'la" (1 cm) black velvet ribbon • Hook:Steel size 8 (1. tal up close to hook) 5 times.o(. but you could addleather or lace.

Row 3: Ch 2 (eounts as first de). Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until braeelet measures 6" (15 cm).Filet Crochet Necklace and Bracelet Bracelet Row 1: Ch 14. eh 2. end with Row 3. de in eaeh of next 3 eh) twiee. Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first de). rum-U sts. 3 de in next ch-Z sp. turn-U sts. de in eaeh of last 3 de. de in eaeh of next 2 de. tum-14 sts. 3 de in next eh-2 sp eh 2. 7 1 . de in eaeh of next 2 sts. skip 3 de. de in eaeh of next 2 sts. de in eaeh of last 3 de." (2 cm) at eaeh end Ior finishing. FINISHING Finish as for neeklaee. eutting the ribbon :y. eh 2 sk next 2 eh. 1 de in third eh fram hook. 3 de in next eh-2 sp. eh 2. sk 3 de.

fax (800) <lh') 2.com Fire Mountaín Gems and Beads Wy. FL foil hdc rern rep stls) tbl WS yoh 7500 Bluewater Rd. Líttle Rock. Crocheters Companion.< BL ch st cont dc sl st sp 752 North Larch Ave. Elrnhurst. Loveland. Encyclopedia oJ Crochet. iand. Nancie M. 1600 Clay Sl. lnierweave Press.rishashay. l) vrvr»: riogrande. CO 80437-2409 www. 2003.' (800) 545-6566. I 1. 2002.corn For gold wire Río Grande Albuquerque. IL 60126 (630) 530-7567. MS 39 1ti 1 (877) 636-2137 www. Vicksburg. Donna. Iax (630) 530-7536 wwwartisticwire.com Rishashay One Fire Mountain Grants Pass. MI 59801 (800) 517-3311 www.com 300 Evans Missoula.com Bag Lady PO Box 2409 Evergreen.firemounLaingems.com Bibliography Brown. 2002. ~'\. Arkansas: Leisure Arts. KJ1ittiJ1gwith Wirc. OR 97526-2373 (800) 355-2137 www. Colorado: Kooler. NW NM 87121 1%.wire-sculpturc. Nancy. 111 . Press. Colorado: Interweave LoveWiseman.baglady.Abbreviations beg begin/beginning back loop chain stitch continue double crochet front loop following half double crochet remain/remaining repeat Resources RS se sk right side single crochet skip slip stitch space stitch(es) through back loop wrong side yarn over hook Artistic Wire Master Wirc Sculpior.

and 1111111111' crochet. unless you use the silvered wire. half double crochet._ 1 3 . the steel crochet hooks are the smallest ancl those categorízed by leuers are the largesr (see the charts..50 mm) crochet hook..III/'.65 1. lilll 11. III work wlIIl. which has less yardage. 111Illod'l .II'IIIII/' .90 1.' . There is a vast difference in these sizes.50 .50 3. MODIFIED L1ST OF CROCHET HOOK SIZES Millimeter equivalent may vary slightly from rnanufacturer to manufacturer.Lrhuluu-. page 87).80 1. Tools for Wire Crochet Crochet Hooks The size of the hooks used in the projects for this book varies from a size 7 (1. but 1 haven't experimented with them.ql'lIll1l'd III knuw cxacily 1111"11111111 \VIII' you nccd. Whaiever brand of wire you use. You'll need some wire just lo noodle around wll h and gel the Ieel of before you start a proj1'11 "Ian with some 28-gauge wire and a size 11() 2'5 111111) crochet hook and experiment \'1111 ~ll1glc crochet. lf you haverit done much crochet with thread you may neecl to practice with the smaller hooks a líttle belore you use them with wire. the finish won't scrape off the wire and ruin the piece.Crochet with Wire projcci.u 1111111 111I11I111<llion on crochet stitches). Crochet Hook Sízes Sizc 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 mm equívalent 2. first do research on ir: Make sure it doesn't tarnish and comes in the gauges and colors you want. begin with yam to 1111111111 l.uuilinr wuh the stitches before you 11111111111111'111 with wire (see pages 19 to 20 1. Using thern isn't hard. ~Iil'k lO a sampler ofthe stitches unnl 1111 gl'l 11Il'Iccl of what its like to work with 1111' \ 111'msicad of working with yam.1l'l'lIlltll11ical order ~.25 e D E F G Steel.. Lettered Crochet Hook Sízes Size B mm equivalent 2.I " .111'('1' wire is also available by the 11111111 h om 1{lllGrande in Albuquerque.. 1'-11'11' ~Ii ' 1I11(scc Rcsources. its just ihat the work is 011 such a tiny scale. ríght).65 mm) steel crochet hook up to a size E (3. Steel crochet hooks are usecl mostly with crochet thread and lettered crochet hooks are used mosily with yam.75 2. You dont need to make any111111g.25 210 2. There are other brands of wire ihat would work for wire crochet.00 1.75 4..uul ~IIIIII' " times feels a bit stiffer to work wuh than Artistic Wire. but it will certainly make a treasure to last a lííetíme.25 3. L.1 / 8 ijiñ •.75 3.25 2. And be sure its good enough wire so that after you've pUL in al! the work to make a lovely necklace or basket. lf ~11111I111\ III crochet.lIl11 wuu h 111(' 111'1 11111 11\ 111llllll'~ 111 11111111" g.