crochet turkish oya necklace

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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.

9 responses to “crochet turkish oya necklace”

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! Very effective and delicate. You are giving me a great gift idea for my friend. Can I ask which pattern on the web inspired you to make this project?

    • Thank you! I spent a couple of days just admiring work of others, and then I picked up a crochet hook and some embroidery floss and gave it a go – no pattern or anything, just trial and error. If you can read crochet schemes, I can quickly draw and send you one to the email account associated with your blog. Also, if you like this kind of crochet, I would suggest browsing “Beyhan1972” Etsy shop ( It’s filled with gorgeousness (all reasonably priced, too, if you’d rather purchase something already made!)

      • Thank you so much, Jana! Oh, yes, so impressive. I love them too, but I would definitely like to have a go at making your necklace. My best friend is turning 40, so I have decided to make her special crocheted gifts. So, if it’s not too much trouble, I would be super grateful if you could email me your drawing. And I promise to post you a photo of my finished project 🙂 Thanks again!

  2. Reblogged this on Queen and Fox and commented:
    I’m definitely adding this gorgeous crochet necklace to my to-do list. My best friend’s birthday is coming up and it will fit exactly with her style, so can’t wait to get started!!! A big thanks to JaKiGu for sharing this!

    • Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I don’t have a written pattern but I could email you a hand drawing of a chart if you’d like. I just need your email address. Feel free to send it to jakigumail {at} gmail [dot] com.

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