Things You'll Need
- Craft wire
- Crochet hook sized to match wire
Beautiful stones surrounded by nets of crocheted wire are usually made into jewelry, such as necklaces or bracelets. Stones naturally bring weight to jewelry and crocheted wire lends elegant style. There are two basic methods to crochet wire around a stone. You can crochet around the outer edge of a cut stone, such as an onyx “coin” or square amethyst, leaving the “front” of the stone exposed. Or, you can surround the stone with stitches allowing the stone to “peek” through an openwork net of crochet.
Choose a stone. For example, you can crochet around a quartz rock found on the beach or around cut stones purchased at a craft or jewelry store. Keep in mind the weight of the stone if making jewelry. For example, earrings need to be kept as light as possible for the wearer’s comfort.
Decide on the gauge and type of wire to use. The bigger the number, the thinner the wire. For example, 30-gauge wire is a fine thin wire, while 22-gauge is much thicker. Different types of metal wire behave differently. For example, pure or fine silver is softer and more pliant than copper.
Choose a crochet hook to match your wire. Make a few stitches with various sizes of crochet hooks using the wire until satisfied with the look. Different sized hooks provide different looks. For example, a size 6 steel hook and fine gauge wire provide tight crochet stitches. Using a larger hook, such as a size F with fine wire provides an ephemeral look to the stitches.
Crochet around the outer edge of a circular stone, such as an onyx coin. Make enough chain stitches to fit around the inside edge of the stone’s face. Join with a slip stitch to form a ring. For the first round, chain one and single crochet in each chain around. Join each round with a slip stitch and chain one. For the next round, work a single crochet in the first stitch and two single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat around. Work the next rounds even until the even rounds are the same height as the thickness of the stone. Insert the stone into the crochet. Decrease in the next round by working a single crochet in the first stitch and crocheting the next two stitches together. Repeat around. Join and fasten off.
Crochet around the outer edge of a square stone. Make enough chain stitches to fit around the inside edge of the stone’s face. Join with a slip stitch to form a ring. For the first round, chain one and single crochet in each chain to the next corner. Work three single crochet in the corner stitch. Repeat around. Join each round with a slip stitch and chain one. Work the next rounds even until the even rounds are the same height as the width of the stone. Insert the stone into the crochet. Work a decrease round by crocheting in each stitch until you reach a corner. Decrease in the three corner stitches. Repeat around. Join with a slip stitch and fasten off.
Cover the stone with crochet stitches by crocheting from the “bottom” of the stone and working your way up and over the top. How much of the stone shows through with this technique depends upon the tightness of your stitches and the type of stitch used. For example, to surround the stone with a simple crochet net, chain two. Work six single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Do not join rounds. Single crochet and chain one in each stitch around. Continue to work rounds of single crochet with chain stitches between while increasing the number of chains as needed to fit the stone. Insert the stone into the crocheted net occasionally to check the fit. When the stone is halfway covered, leave it in the net and continue to crochet around it, decreasing stitches as needed to enclose the top of the stone. Join with a slip stitch and fasten off.
Make your own thick-gauge wire by twisting together several strands of thinner gauge wire.
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