crochet nursing necklace

I really like the concept of nursing necklaces.
Crochet Bib Necklace by JaKiGu

Nursing necklaces, breastfeeding necklaces, mommy necklaces – call them whatever you like, I think they are pretty cool. After all, especially with a baby in her arms, every mom want to feel pretty. But she needs something that will survive the incessant pulling and tugging. That’s why textile necklaces are such a great option. And if the right colours and materials get combined, even the baby will be able to appreciate their visual appeal while letting her tiny fingers explore the different textures.

Crochet Bib Necklace by JaKiGu

This simple pattern can be executed in either monochromatic tones or in a range of colours from contrasting brights to coordinating pastels to soothing neutrals. Beads are an optional addition – their weight adds substance to the piece but they are not necessary.

Crochet Bib Necklace by JaKiGu

With a knot closure, the length of the necklace can be customized. This way, the necklace can be worn with many different shirts regardless of how deep their necklines are. And the mom doesn’t need to worry about the closure snapping!

Crochet Bib Necklace by JaKiGu

crochet karma necklace

I’ve been crocheting in circles for weeks now. Literally. Circles are fun!

All that’s needed to make this  necklace with crochet beaded karma circle is some perle cotton, an appropriate hook, and seed beads. It’s that simple. But what I personally love about it even more is that in the end, this pendant looks more like a piece of sophisticated jewelry than a simple crochet motif that it really is.

crochet turkish oya necklace

I am trying something new.

Turkish Crochet Necklace by JaKiGu

I came across this crochet technique when browsing the Internet for nursing necklaces – child-safe pieces of jewelry that make the mama feel pretty while offering adequate entertainment and visual stimulation to the child she’s nursing.

Turkish Crochet Necklace by JaKiGu

In its pure form, oya lace is in fact a form of needle lace, and is most often found adorning edges of scarfs – along with a lot of tiny beads. But I found plenty of crochet versions – and they inspired me. This is my interpretation of Turkish oya lace and how it could work as part of a nursing necklace.

Turkish Crochet Necklace by JaKiGu

Almost all of the nursing necklaces I found contained either a plastic, metal, or wooden ring that was crocheted over. The idea of plastic or metal doesn’t really appeal much to me, and even though an unfinished wooden ring would be fine, the hassle of having to purchase some first got me thinking about alternatives.

Turkish Crochet Necklace by JaKiGu

Why not use thread only? This way, the necklace is safe, soft and pliable, and easily washable.

Turkish Crochet Necklace by JaKiGu

The individual flowers are quite small, but weigh just enough to keep the chain nice and taut.

Turkish Crochet Necklace by JaKiGu

Made in neutral tones, it could be a nice accessory for a woman who doesn’t even think about children!

I really like the initial results – and I already have ideas on where to take it next. More Turkish crochet necklaces are sure to come.

crochet pattern: picture frame with small picots and colour accent

A new crochet picture frame pattern in the working.

Crochet Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu

The new frame features small picots around the edge and accent lines in two contrasting colours.

Crochet Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu

{Supplies Needed}

Worsted weight yarn
4.5 – 5.5 mm hook (US size 7-I/9)

{Stitches Used}

chain stitch
single crochet
slip stitch
double crochet

{Finished size}

approximately 11 cm (4 3/8 in) outside diameter
approximately 4.5 cm (1 3/4 in) inside diameter

Crochet Picture Frame Pattern by JaKiGu

from disposable to reusable: bamboo chopsticks

I am so very proud of my newest experiment. These simple, disposable bamboo chopsticks got a makeover and turned out exactly how I imagined.

Back in China, I dreamed about turning disposable bamboo chopsticks into beautiful, unique tableware people would never dream of throwing away when they are done with their take-out dinner.

Now back home, I finally got a chance to make that vision happen. I simply love how East meets West, nature meets technology, modernity meets tradition in their simple, clean, and minimalistic design.

I can’t wait to make many, many more.