Crochet Jewelry – Bib Necklace

Crochet Bib Necklace

by Ann Reillet

By definition, a bib necklace is any pendant decoration that covers a broad section of the chest. They were immensely popular in the Victorian Era.  I designed this necklace for the Ravelry Irish Crochet Lovers’ July CAL (crochet along).

It’s a fun project that works up quick. The piece is made in sections which are sewn together using the tails. I added a drop flower for the finish and used a Chinese frog closure.

• DMC Perle Black Size 8
• Steel Crochet Hook No. 10 ( 1.30MM )

Flower (Make 7)
• ch 5, join with sl st in 1st ch to form ring,
• ch 1, sc in ring, *ch 3, sc in ring *repeat for 8 loops, ending with sl st in beg sc
• sl st in ch3sp, ch 3, 4 dc, popcorn the 5 sts, *ch 2 for spacing between popcorns, 5 dc popcorn in next ch3sp, *repeat around (=8 popcorns), join with ch 2 and sl st in top of beg popcorn
• *sl st in ch2sp, ch3up-4dc-ch3down-slst, ch 1 for spacing between petals, *repeat around (=8 petals), join with sl st in beg st and end. Break Thread. Weave in tail.

Chain Link (Use either Clones Knot or Popcorn)
• Note: Make beginning and ending tails long enough to sew onto flower.
• Clones Knot: ch 6, Clone 6, ch 1, sl st in 5th ch, Repeat for 3, 4 or 8 knots
• Popcorn: ch 8, 5 dc popcorn in 3rd ch from hook, Repeat for 3, 4 or 8 knots

Irish Crochet Expert Maire Treanor demonstrating the Clones Knot.

Bell Flower with Dangles

  • ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from 8 times (=8 sc), join with sl st to 1st sc
  • ch 1, sc in each st (=8 sc), join
  • ch 1, 2 sc in 1st st, sc in next 4, 2 sc in next, sc in remaining, join (=10 tl sc)
  • ch 1, sc in each st (=10 sc), join
  • ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 4, 2 sc in next, sc in each of the next 4, 2 sc in remaining, join (=12)
  • ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next, dc in next, ch 1, turn, sc in each dc, ch3, turn, cluster the 3 dc to bring to a point, ch 3, sl st down side of petal back to base, and repeat for 4 total cluster (petals), end break thread, weave in tail
  • Make 3 separate dangles: ch 15, 2 dc cluster in 3rd ch from hook, end. Break thread long, weave tail up stem and sew into the bell flower. OR make 3 spirals by chaining 23, 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, 3 dc in each remaining ch, end break thread long, twist to shape and sew to bell flower.

Introduce new elements, like a rectangle, to create a bracelet, cuff, choker or belt.

Rectangle Band

  • ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining st (=8 sc)
  • ch 3, turn, *sk 1, dc, ch 1, dc in skipped st to form “X”, *repeat two times, dc in last st
  • ch 3, turn, *dc in second leg of “X”, ch 1, dc in first leg of “X”, *repeat two times, dc in last st
  • Repeat previous row ten times (=12 rows of “X” sts)
  • ch 1, turn, sc in each dc (=8 sc), continue sc’ing around sides/perimeter, join with sl st in front loop
  • Working in front loop only: sl st around perimeter, excepting the longer sides, there: sl st up to every other line of a row of “X” (approx 6 sl sts) then ch 2, clones knot 6, sl st the knot and sl st in same st along side, continue sl st’ing along side to every other line and create knot (=5 knots on each side), join
  • ch 1 to reach, sl st in back loop, ch 1, sc in same, sk to back loop between sc just made and knot, shell of 5 dc, sc in back loop behind knot, shell in space between knots, continue along side, sl st end and resume shell pattern in back loop of opposite side, continue around to beginning and join.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

If you’re interested in making this with beads. Please see my post here:

Be Creative. Think teapots and vases…


4 thoughts on “Crochet Jewelry – Bib Necklace

    • (Starting chain) ch 5
      (Set up) Looking at the loop that is on the hook from the 5th ch, push that loop up onto the barrel of the hook, away from the tapered end, but not on the narrow thumb tab. Looking at your thread feeding hand, widen your thread holding stance and keep the thread feed taut. Looking back at your hook holding hand, slide the thumb and index finger down to the base of the hook, gently gripping it with your thumb and index finger in an oh, so very tea party manner.
      (Now begin) *Hook under thread, catching thread and spin the hook 360 degrees horizontally (anti-clockwise if right-handed). Make sure the thread that moves onto the hook comes to a rest on the barrel next to the starting loop that was already on the hook. Having pivoted the hook, working from the opposite side now, mirror what you just did by hooking under the thread, catching a thread and rotating back 360 degrees to starting point. The 3rd loop should also rest on the barrel next to the two preceding loops. *Repeat. Counting the total times you spin, when you reach six (6) and you’re back to the starting normal crochet forward position, hold the bottom of those loops by the beginning chain with your thread feeding hand (mainly the thumb and index finger) yarn over bringing your hook holding hand back into normal position, ease the loops onto the narrow tapered end of the hook and pull through all the loops on the hook at once. Quickly ch 1 to hold the sts in place.
      (Finish off) Now, looking back at this disaster, er I mean creation, there is the ch-1 you just made and the clone’s knot, followed by the chain on the opposite side: you can either: sl st or sc in the 1st ch on that opposite side, closest to the clones knot, OR you can sl st or sc across the clones knot to work under the beginning chain; as always, there are variations, but this last stitch is important because it hugs the knot to form a tighter sphere and secures the shape.
      (Repeat) Ch 5 and make another clones knot. In the practice piece; vary the number of times you spin to see the differences between larger and smaller knots. Also, vary the placement of the stitch used to secure the knot so you can see the difference and find your preferred method. Finally, try to create 5 or 10 identical knots because consistency is really what we’re after.

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