I guess it was the week for neck accessories because, in addition to this crocheted collar necklace, I also made a couple of crocheted cowls. The first of these neck warmers is my own design and uses a simple "v" stitch pattern with a large, scalloped edge. I found some very cute, etched metal heart buttons at Jo-Ann's that I though went well with the pattern and the colors in the chunky wool and acrylic blend yarn.
The other cowl that I crocheted was made in Filatura di Crosa's Gioiello, a beautiful merino, kid mohair, cotton, acrylic, and nylon blend yarn. I love the little hints of metallic silver in this yarn! For this one, I used a pattern designed by Edie Eckman titled "Easy-to-Wear Cowl", published in Crochet One-Skein Wonders, edited by Judith Durant and Edie Eckman.
One final thing before I end my "show and tell" for this week. If you looked at last week's post in which I published my pattern for a Simple Felted Crocheted Purse, I mention the idea of doing something to embellish the bag once it is completed. Just wanted to show you what I ended up doing with the one I photographed for the tutorial. I cut leaves from wool felt and appliqued them onto the bag using a decorative edge stitch done in embroidery thread. I then used cotton embroidery thread to embroider a whimsical design on each leaf, using the chain stitch. I like the way it turned out -- especially the way the colors in the embroidery thread picked up the colors in the felted wool yarn.
So those are my creations for the last week. I hope that whatever you create this week, you immerse yourself in the process and truly enjoy it!