The Reina Necklace is a versatile statement necklace that can be worn over a simple t-shirt, a dressy blouse or a summer dress. It’s also a wonderful project for using up scrap yarn.
Skill Level: Easy
Size: 5” wide and 5.5” deep after stiffening
Gauge: 21 sts and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in sc before stiffening
Hook: US size F/5 (3.75 mm) hook
Notions: Tapestry needle, scissors, white glue, plastic wrap, jump rings, jewelry chain, jewelry clasp, pliers, cardboard for blocking
Picot: Ch 3, sl st in back loop of first ch.
This pattern is worked in rows from the top-down. The piece is then stiffened with a glue mixture and attached to a jewelry chain.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, *sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next sc; rep from * across.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *ch 8, sk next 5 sts, sc in next st**, ch 10, sl st in sc just made ***. Rep from * to *** and then rep from * to **, ch 18, sl st in sc just made. Rep from * to *** twice more, ch 8, sk next 5 sts, sc in last st.
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, *(sc in next 2 sts, picot) 3 times, sc in next 2 sts, twist ch loop 180 degrees so that the top loops of the ch face forward**. Work 16 sc over ch-10 loop***. Rep from * to *** and then rep from * to **, sc 24 over ch-18 loop. Rep from * to *** twice more, (sc in next 2 sts, picot) 3 times, sc in last st.
Sew in all ends.
Mix a quarter cup of water with an equal amount of white glue and pour into a shallow dish. Dip the necklace in the glue mixture, making sure both sides of the necklace are covered in the glue mixture.
Lay the necklace flat on a piece of cardboard covered in a sheet of plastic wrap, pinning into shape if necessary. Let dry for at least 4 hours.
Cut the jewelry chain in half and attach an open jump ring to the non-clasp end of each half. Attach one open jump ring to the last sc of Row 4 and close the jump ring. Attach the other open jump ring to the first sc of Row 4 and close the jump ring.