As promised, I’ve put together a tutorial on how to make your very own nursing necklace, which is designed to keep small ones occupied while nursing, saving mama’s sensitive skin from sharp fingernails, hair from being yanked, and general mischief making while baby is nursing. Of course this is not only for nursing mamas; it’s such a lovely necklace that it looks stylish on everybody!
What you’ll need
Scheepjeswol Cotton 8* in four shades. I used 527, 711, 652 and 700. In the Netherlands you can pick Cotton 8 up at just about any great yarn seller, and internationally you can buy via deramores.com*.
A 3mm crochet hook, scissors, and you’ll also need wooden beads in varying sizes. I used five 35mm balls and two 25mm balls. For added interest, you can also add a wooden ring or two – babies love the different elements and textures.
CH – chain stitch
SC – single crochet (UK double crochet)
INC – increase; two single crochet stitches into the same stitch
DEC – decrease; two single crochet stitches together
STS – stitch count
This project is worked in the round. You will also need to crochet your stitches very tightly to ensure that they keep the form of the beads. If you crochet loosely, use a smaller hook.
Don’t forget, I’m a leftie so you might have to flip the images in your mind. I like to keep the images for us lefties because there just aren’t that many left handed tutorials out there. If you need help, ping me using the contact page or on Facebook.
Make one ball in the darkest colour, two in the second darkest, two in the third darkest, and two in the lightest (the 25mm balls).
CH 5, close with a slip stitch, CH 1.
SC x 6 into the ring (6 STS)
INC in each stitch around (12 STS)
SC x 24 (24 STS). Insert the bead to measure how progress is going at each round.
(DEC, 2 SC) x 6 (18 STS). Make sure the bead is inserted here and continue working around it.
(DEC, 1 SC) x 6 (12 STS).
DEC in each stitch around (6 STS)
Finish off and hide the tail.
For the 25mm bead, follow the same instructions, skipping round 5 (and round 11 as a consequence).
Once you’ve finished all five balls in the colour combination of your choice, it’s time to thread them onto a chain. First you need to make yourself one. I used the lightest shade and chained stitched until I had about 90 cm. This way the necklace would have plenty of room to become longer or shorter as necessary.
Thread the beads and tie the ends into a little knot and then together using a slip stitch so that one end can slip easily (but not too easily) to adjust the length of the necklace.
And you’re all done! Looks beautiful, doesn’t it? I love seeing projects by others, so don’t forget to brag about what you’ve made on my Facebook page or upload to Pinterest, tagging me @missneriss. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram while you’re at it!
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I have not found beads to use,do you think I could stuff the balls with small beads or the stuffing I use for toys? Or would that destroy the shaping and/or make threading them on the string impossible?
I wouldn’t stuff them with toy filling because babies are sticking them in their mouths. Perhaps you can find some plastic beads?
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Awesome tutorial. Thanks for sharing. What size hook do you use? Where do you get your beads? I can only find decorative beads locally. Thanks.
Thanks CRol, I used a 3mm hook for this project. As for beads, it really depends where you live. I bought mine from my local craft store in Almere, but I have also seen them on Etsy, so that is probably your best bet if you can’t find beads locally. Good luck, it’s a fun and fast project. XN
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Love what you’ve done here – great tutorial, thanks so much for sharing. And you’re a leftie too – yay! This would also make for a lovely and stylish necklace as such, no teething or nursing babies needed! Marianne xx
I wish I had the time to make one for myself, when I was photographing it I thought it looked lovely on, I would absolutely wear it myself, on a silver chain. I love crochet jewellery.
We lefties are taking over the world! ❤
I must say I simply love your blog. I looked around it and fell in love with it. Your work is so colorful and creative! And your patterns are great too! Thank you again for sharing the link to your blog. I will subscribe to it so I don’t miss anything. 🙂
What a lovely comment, thanks so much Sonja! I hope I don’t disappoint, enjoy. X