When the ever-inspirational Diane at Crafty Pod posted about making a washer & yarn pendant
I was totally excited. I already had a ton of washers in my craft supply stash because I used them as bases to weight my owl
and bad egg
Instead of wrapping the washer, I crocheted around it. I could have made more stitches more to cover the sides of the washer, but I like the metal peeking out between the crochet cotton.
After the first row around the washer, I crocheted a row of [single crochet, chain one] in the top of the first row. After I was done, I added the beads.
In the picture above, it is attached to a spool knit rope, which would work for a choker or longer necklace. The washer's weight makes the crocheted washer a perfect pendant. I think it would also work great as a large button, brooch, or (heavy) barrette.
Someday I'm going to make a trek over to the hardware store and search for other things I could crochet or sew around. I bet there are a million-and-one awesome projects hiding in there!
*** Start Edit *** I put the beads on before I did the spool knitting ... as inspired by this post
by Diane of Crafty Pod. My beads have way-huge holes, so I used a needle to thread them *** End Edit ***
Here is my spool knitter with just four, closely arranged nails. This produces a tightly woven tube that, as Andrew noticed, closely resembles a shoelace. In the piece above, I placed a bead in every third "stitch."
I'm using size 3 crochet cotton in black and red glass beads that are painted silver on the inside. The beads seem to glow, like little red LED lights.
For this piece, I put a bead in every other "stitch." As you can probably see, the fabric of a spool knit tube kind of twists around subtly.
I'm going to make the top one into a bracelet ... once I get a clasp. :)
If you are interested in more about spool knitting, definitely check out this great blog by Marian, Spool Knitter
. She has all kinds of great info and vintage spool knitters.