hi the very long hook and worked in hooks here is afghan stitch, one
that i use very often. when i work with beads it gives a very
loomed look that i like. the mermaid project in the march issue of
Lapidary Journal's Step by Step Beads, mermaid in waterfall, i used
the afghan stitch as a base background as well as for the strap.
i find using 26,28 and 30 gauges are the easiest to use, and i use
steel hooks, usually a 4, for some reason. i have used a 10 to hand
make tube necklace without the spool that i should have used, but i
don't think i will do that one again. you can get some artistic or
para wire that is available now, or you can get some brass or copper
wire from the hardware store and use that.
best tip i can give you is if you are mid row of a piece where you
are doing regular crochet, and something happens that needs your
attention, unless there is blood or a body part hanging off a kid,
finish the row. i find it is very hard to get the same tension when
you pick it up and finish. wire does not lend it'self to undoing,
it gets work hardened, remember.
if you would like an easy project to start with, a small amulet bag,
chain 15, work double crochet stitch in each chain. do as many rows
as you want it long. finish with a shell stitch edge.
this is the bottom of the bag. now make another one, without the
shell stitches, and that is the back. stitch sides, and bottom
together. using jumprings on each side, attach and add a chain.
you made your first crochet amulet bag. it can be decorated with a
dangle, wire wrapped or bead.
wild poppy designs...