Sunday, December 1, 2013

Story of a Design: Winter's Night Necklace

My design, Winter's Night Necklace, is now available to download from the Crochet Me website. It is one of four designs in an ebook called Lace Ice that is a supplement to the Winter 2014 issue of Interweave Crochet.
Winter's Night Necklace
I translated the design into crochet from a Victorian-style machine lace necklace. Back when I was designing it I was really excited about how it was coming along, but I couldn't share what I was doing. Well, I sort of did: I posted a picture back in February of a motif prototype that didn't quite work. This was the type of design that worked itself once I created the motif to my liking, and hit upon the right color combination.

I discovered that I have a very slender neck compared to most people so I learned a bit about pattern grading on the fly while working up the pattern for publication. The length can be adjusted through adding motifs and lengthening the button straps.

This is my second published necklace design and I confess I very much enjoy designing them! They seem to be the perfect thread project as they can be: made in size 20 thread, worked up quickly, worn to show off as well as enhance any outfit. Expect to see more necklaces in the future!