Thursday, February 27, 2014

Crochet Nursing Necklace



I never needed a nursing necklace with my boys, but my baby girl is the most fidgety feeder I have ever seen. She grabs at anything and everything: my shirt, my face, my hair, my skin... it's driving me nuts! It was time to make a nursing necklace in attempts to distract her little hands.

These necklaces are very easy to put together and not only are they stylish but also functional. They appeal to babies sense of vision and touch and can also be used as teethers (as long as the right materials are used and under constant supervision).

Materials:
You want to try to find non-toxic, natural materials
- Unfinished wooden beads in 3/4 inch and 1 inch sizes.
- Cotton yarn. I used Lily Sugar N Cream yarn.
- Size G Crochet Hook
- Tapestry needle


Pattern for crocheting around the 1" bead:
Magic Ring, make 8 SC in ring, pull tight but not completely closet, join to first SC and continue to crochet in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (12 SC)
Round 3-5: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
(at this point pop in your bead)
Round 6: SC decrease, SC in next, repeat around
Round 7: SC decrease to close. If you have trouble making a SC decrease, switch to using your tapestry needle and weave it under the front loops of your stitches (two at a time) as seen in the picture below until closed. Weave in ends.

Pattern for crocheting around the 3/4" bead:
Magic Ring, make 6 SC in ring, pull tight but not completely closet, join to first SC and continue to crochet in rounds
Round 2: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around (8 SC)
Round 3-5: SC in each stitch around (8 SC)
(at this point pop in your bead)
Round 6: SC decrease until closed. Weave in ends.


This is what the bottom should look like (the part where you make your Magic Ring)


If you have trouble making SC decreases, use your tapestry needle and weave it under the front loops (two at a time) until closed.



I strung my beads on a double strand of yarn, but you can braid your yarn or use ribbon. Make it long enough so it comfortable rests low on your chest.


You may want to make a knot between beads or on either side.


I tied a toggle clasp on the ends of my necklace but this isn't safe if you are using this as a teether. You can always just leave the necklace extra long and tie it around your neck when you want to wear it. Or leave it tied because it should be long enough to slip over your head.


 I think I might even wear my new necklace as a stylish accessory! Color combination possibilities are endless so you will definitely want to make more than one :)





20 comments:

  1. Super cute, I love this! I might need to make one--my baby girl is very fidgety, too, and is always tugging on my shirt or scratching at my face while she nurses.

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  2. This is awesome!!! Thanks for the inspiration and how to!!

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this! I was just looking for something like this last week! My boy is constantly pawing at my nose, lips, ears, shirt, hair....this will come in handy! :)

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  4. This is so clever! I'm way past it as far as the nursing aspect, but I think I'm going to make this as a fashion accessory - it's lovely!

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  5. this is a really good idea. Lovely colours too.

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  6. Great idea and you made a beautiful necklace. Nice colours and thanks for sharing the pattern.

    Love, Margaret

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  7. Well, I don't need a nursing necklace, but I can always use a new accessory! This is perfect for either one! I like the way the crocheted pieces are "stuffed" with a wooden bead instead of fiber-fil. Really cute!

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  8. I love this Idea!! I feel like we're one in the same at times!! I have a 7 month old daughter and she fidgets too!! I read your interview and love that you learned through youtube as well. I loved crafts, but I never knew I could pick up crocheting so fast. I started off with your patterns and have learned to make various character crochets free hand.

    Thank you for your blog and creative ideas. They've been inspirational.

    Mindy

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  9. Hola!! Soy de Venezuela!! y me encntan todas las cosas que haces!! Gracias por compartirlas y enseƱarnos :)

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  10. were did you get the beads from if you l don't mind me asking?

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  11. Help, that's what I am trying to figure out. Where you buy these beads?

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  12. I order my beads from http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBeadedBead?section_id=7383883 bet beads are good quality and she ships fast. Hope this helps. :)

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  13. Sorry, darn auto correct. It should read "her" not bet. Lol

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  14. I order my beads from http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBeadedBead?section_id=7383883 bet beads are good quality and she ships fast. Hope this helps. :)

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  15. Call me a beginner, how do I "Make Ring"?

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  16. Thank you for allowing us to use your pattern! I am a new grandmother (Thank you God!) and want to help my daughter out as much as possible to have a good experience nursing. This necklace not only looks lovely but seems perfect for the job. Perhaps she won't need it, but if she does, she will thank you too.

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