The oldest photo I know of that I have of my family shows a simple portrait of a man and a woman, my great great grandmother and grandfather.
What’s cool about this photo is that my Grandfather is almost the fancier of the two. He is sporting a big hoop earring in one ear and a fancy ring on his hand. Now mind you, this is definitely NOT because I come from money. That couldn’t be further from the truth, and not much has changed to my current generation lol.
BUT, I do come from folks with gypsy heritage. And that makes me feel very rich. Give me ALL the colors, ALL the bobbles, do-dads, and what-nots and let me wear them ALL and at the SAME time!
I was inspired to create some out of the box body jewelry to offer my “fancy” to this generation <3. Allow me to show you…
The Boho Gypsy Body Chain Necklace
This unique little beauty can be whipped up and worn to take a simple outfit to Level: WOW!
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The pattern begins:
Boho Gypsy Body Chain Necklace
– 100 yards sport weight yarn (Shown is Hobby Lobby Sinfonia Mercerized Cotton in Navy, it has a very good drape and stability against stretching too much)
– Size F(3.75mm) crochet hook
– (6) stitch markers (different colors so you can tell the different marked chains, I used yarn of different colors and made a key as to which color marked which stitch)
*Note: All of my findings for the project were purchased at Michael’s craft store
– (40) 8mm beads with a hole large enough for your yarn to pass through (Shown are blue pearls)
– (1) clasp (Shown is a toggle closure)
– (1) pendant of your choice (Shown is a druzy slide pendant)
– Beading needle to string beads and tapestry needle to weave ends
Sized for size S/M adult. With toggle attached, the neck portion measures approx. 18”
The body harness begins by creating the necklace portion. Off of this, we work a large loop on either side for the arms to slide through, this is then adorned with 4 chains on either side front and back.
bdch (bead chain): Slide a bead up to the hook, create the next chain around the bead, enclosing it within the chain.
With your beading needle, PRESTRING all 40 beads on your yarn ball. I literally just threaded them on the beginning of the yarn ball. You will have to push them down as you work and need more yarn exposed.
Chain 70, marking the following chains (12, 16, 20, 48, 54, 58) Be sure you can identify which is which, create a key if you need to.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across, tie off. (69)
LEFT: Join yarn with a sl st in the marked 54th chain of the beginning chain 70.
Row 1: chain 14 and mark the 14th chain, (chain 19, bdch) five times total *repeat parenthesis only, here and throughout for similar instructions*, chain 20 more and sl st to the 14th chain made that you marked, tie off.
RIGHT: Join yarn with a sl st in the marked 16th chain of the beginning chain 70
Row 1: Repeat as for Row 1 above.
*Note for the arm loops*: The first bdch(s) lie at the rear/back of the work when worn and the last bdch(s) lie at the front of the work when worn. This is important to note when creating the cross chains.
FRONT CROSS CHAINS:
There are 4 side to side draping cross chains on either side, study the photo to get an idea of what we are creating here in this section. They begin on the main necklace and are connected to different points on the arm loops. Remember the 4th and 5th bdchs on the main arm loops are at the front of them.
Directions are shown as (LEFT FRONT, RIGHT FRONT). Do all the left side first. Then, if you have a closed slide pendant as I do, slide it on. Then, do all the right side cross chains second. If you have a normal pendant, just stitch it on after the harness is created completely.
Front Cross Chain 1: Join yarn in (48, 20) chain on main necklace, chain 7, bdch, ch 10, bdch, ch 1, sl st to the 9th chain before the 4th bdch made on the main arm loop, tie off.
Front Cross Chain 2: Join yarn in the (46,22) chain on the main necklace, (ch 9, bdch) two times total, ch 5, sl st to the chain just before the 4th bdch made on the main arm loop, tie off.
Front Cross Chain 3: Join the yarn in the (44, 24) chain on the main necklace, (ch 8, bdch) three times total, chain 5, sl st to the 7th chain after the 4th bdch made on the main arm loop, tie off.
Front Cross Chain 4: Join the yarn in the (42,26) chain on the main necklace, (ch 10, bdch) three times total, chain 5, sl st to the 5th chain before the 5th bdch made on the main arm loop, tie off.
BACK CROSS CHAINS:
Directions are shown as (LEFT BACK, RIGHT BACK). Do all the left side first. Then, do all the right side second. Remember the 1st and 2nd bdchs on the main arm loop lie in the back.
Back Cross Chain 1: Join yarn in (58,12) chain on main necklace, chain 7, bdch, ch 10, bdch, ch 1, sl st to the 9th chain before the 1st bdch made on the main arm loop, tie off.
Back Cross Chain 2: Join yarn in the (60,10) chain on the main necklace, (ch 9, bdch) two times total, ch 5, sl st to the chain before the 1st bdch made on the main arm loop, tie off.
Back Cross Chain 3: Join the yarn in the (62,8) chain on the main necklace, (ch 8, bdch) three times total, chain 5, sl st to the 7th chain after the 1st bdch made on the main arm loop, tie off.
Back Cross Chain 4: Join the yarn in the (64,6) chain on the main necklace, (ch 10, bdch) three times total, chain 5, sl st to the 5th chain before the 2nd bdch made on the main arm loop, tie off.
Weave in all ends. You may tack them in place with a TINY smidge of E6000 glue. This is a clear washable fabric glue that will keep the ends in place, which I found necessary to keep the ends tacked in due to it being constructed on chains. Use sparingly, applying with a toothpick tip, as it can leave a hard spot if you use too much. This is optional obviously.
Stitch one side of the clasp on either end of the main necklace. To wear, slide arms through the main arm loops and close toggle behind neck.
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