How to Crochet a Wire Flower Pendant

16 Feb 2008

Here's something I've been noodling around with lately - crocheting flowers in wire. Once you get started on the whole wire crochet thing, the challenge becomes really compelling.

With some practice, you can convert many different crochet flower patterns into wire. It's stiffer stuff, obviously, so you may want to keep to the simpler patterns. But the results are pretty cool. Here's a very simple flower pendant to try.

If you're new to wire crochet, you may want to take a look at Ye Olde Basic Tutorial first. I'm using 28 gauge colored copper wire here.

Slip knot your wire to your hook. (I'm using a US size C hook here, which is a good size for practicing. Later, I'll switch to a size 5 steel hook.)

Chain 7, and then slip stitch in the first chain to create a ring.

Next, I do a little cheat to help compensate for the wire being much stiffer and less flexible than yarn. First, I want to set my hook down, so I pull the loop that's around the hook open, so it becomes nice and big and impossible to lose.

And then I pinch the chains in this ring together a bit, so the ring becomes skinner. (This will make sense in a minute.)

When I'm ready to start crocheting again, I just put my hook back through that great big loop I made, and pull the leading wire so this loop shrinks back to hook-size.

Now, I'm making 16 single crochets into this ring. As you're working these singles, you'll probably need to slide them around the ring at some point to make room for more singles. This is where it helps to have pinched the ring skinnier earlier - that makes it much easier to slide the single crochets along.

When you've completed the 16 singles, then slip stitch into the first one to complete the row.

This is a good moment to talk about slip-stitching with wire. When you're working with yarn, it's usually pretty easy to see where the right loops are to place a slip-stitch. Not so with wire. So if you need to make a slip-stitch, and you can't see where the right wire loops are, don't worry. Just find a loop that's in the general vicinity of where you need that slip-stitch to be, and use that. Nobody will ever know.

Time to make petals now. Chain an odd number of times. I'm using five for this sample, but if you use seven, or nine, you'll have longer petals.

Now, skip one single crochet in your ring, and slip stitch in the next one. (Or, as we just discussed, slip stitch in that vicinity.)

That's one petal. Now repeat those two steps to make more. You're going to make eight total.

When you've slip-stitched your eighth petal in place, then pull the loop that's around your hook out again, so it grows to about 4" in length.

Cut the loop in the center with wire cutters.

This cut results in a long loose end of wire. Weave it in by stitching it in and out of the ring of single crochet you made. Keep your stitches small, and they won't be noticeable. Make about four stitches, and then cut the wire close to your work.

Then, do the same thing with the other loose end of the wire, which is the loose end from the beginning of your work.

If your flower looks a little wonky at this point, don't worry. You kind of have to tell wire what to do. So, take a moment and give your flower a little shaping with your fingers.

Here's the same pattern, crocheted in with a smaller hook (that's the US size 5 steel.)

You can wire a nice button or bead to the center of your flower, if you like.

Just thread it through a piece of scrap wire about 6" long. Then, poke the two ends through that single crochet ring, bring them to the back of the flower, and twist.

And I used pretty much the same technique to join the three flowers together for the top photo. Using pieces of scrap wire, I just threaded it in and out of the two crocheted pieces, and then wove in the ends. Pop a jump ring on there, and you're all set.

Comments

I have never crocheted with wire..tho I've crocheted forever. Thanks for the wonderful idea..CC
P.S. I love your blog


COOL! i've croched beautiful wire neclases before but never made a flower, can't wait to try!


vraiment magnifique!!! bonne idée de bijoux bravo


cool ,very nice flower and merci pour le tutorial !!!!!!!!!!


I just have to say that this is a fabulous tutorial! I have to learn crocheting asap!!! Congratulation! I have linked this at my blog and website! Then you will be known by all my Spanish mates!! ;-)


Great tutorial! :)


Super cute! Thanks for the tutorial. I need to get myself some wire!


Excellent tutorial! I have been curious about crocheting wire for a while - you've made me fee a bit braver!


Oh, my. I want to DO this! I really love this look. But I don't crochet! I'm a paper artist. I might have to learn to crochet just to do wire pieces.

Thanks for this. it was really eye-opening!


A bit off topic here, but can I just say that you have great nails for a crafty gal? No shredded corners, or nicks from an exacto knife; no bits of glue clinging to the cuticles, and no smudges of paint . . . Did you get a hand model for this??


This is such a nice project! I am just starting at crochet, but I will keep this one in my favorites. :-)
I will have to try it and see if it could be a good project for one of my craft meetings! (Yes, I will be starting one soon! ;-) )


hi!
this tutorial is so great! love it! thank you so much!


You're keeping my project list long with all these great ideas! ;)


great tutorial! Something I will try with school craft group (well, I'll crochet it and kids will sell it on school show)


Wow! I have never tried to crochet with wire before, but your tutorial really makes me want to give it a try.


Fabulous! I can't wait to try it!


I find this very cute and seems like it would be fun to make.


Found this link through Whip Up. Great tutorial, I've been meaning to use wire to crochet! Thanks.


I love to read about other crafters. I'm working on inventory to sell at craft fairs starting in the spring.


so pretty! great idea.


Just came across this pattern while looking for crochet jewelry patterns. I just love it. The directions and the accompanying pictures are very clear. I hope to try making some of these very soon! THANKS!


Thank you for this. I've been knitting, bobbin lace, sewing, monastre work, lots of crochet-dolles and now i'm trying which i think its easy but still something newand different. These cute flowers look beautiful! Thanks


This is a GORGEOUS project! I'm so excited to try this! I'll be linking to this today too!


Thank you for this! Tutorials are hard work. I've been knitting bracelets but these little flowers look beautiful. I'm off to try one.....


I know this is an old post, but I just came across it. This is amazing, I've never seen anything like it.


Thank you, Jeanette! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!


Thank you, Jeanette! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!


Great tutorial! :)


Super cute! Thanks for the tutorial. I need to get myself some wire!


Excellent tutorial! I have been curious about crocheting wire for a while - you've made me fee a bit braver!


Oh, my. I want to DO this! I really love this look. But I don't crochet! I'm a paper artist. I might have to learn to crochet just to do wire pieces.

Thanks for this. it was really eye-opening!


A bit off topic here, but can I just say that you have great nails for a crafty gal? No shredded corners, or nicks from an exacto knife; no bits of glue clinging to the cuticles, and no smudges of paint . . . Did you get a hand model for this??


This is such a nice project! I am just starting at crochet, but I will keep this one in my favorites. :-)
I will have to try it and see if it could be a good project for one of my craft meetings! (Yes, I will be starting one soon! ;-) )


hi!
this tutorial is so great! love it! thank you so much!


You're keeping my project list long with all these great ideas! ;)


great tutorial! Something I will try with school craft group (well, I'll crochet it and kids will sell it on school show)


Wow! I have never tried to crochet with wire before, but your tutorial really makes me want to give it a try.


Fabulous! I can't wait to try it!


I have never crocheted with wire..tho I've crocheted forever. Thanks for the wonderful idea..CC
P.S. I love your blog


COOL! i've croched beautiful wire neclases before but never made a flower, can't wait to try!


vraiment magnifique!!! bonne idée de bijoux bravo


cool ,very nice flower and merci pour le tutorial !!!!!!!!!!


I find this very cute and seems like it would be fun to make.


I just have to say that this is a fabulous tutorial! I have to learn crocheting asap!!! Congratulation! I have linked this at my blog and website! Then you will be known by all my Spanish mates!! ;-)


so pretty! great idea.


I love to read about other crafters. I'm working on inventory to sell at craft fairs starting in the spring.


Just came across this pattern while looking for crochet jewelry patterns. I just love it. The directions and the accompanying pictures are very clear. I hope to try making some of these very soon! THANKS!


This is a GORGEOUS project! I'm so excited to try this! I'll be linking to this today too!


Thank you for this! Tutorials are hard work. I've been knitting bracelets but these little flowers look beautiful. I'm off to try one.....


Found this link through Whip Up. Great tutorial, I've been meaning to use wire to crochet! Thanks.


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