Micro Crochet Granny Square Necklace

Micro crochet granny square necklace made with pink, white and purple sewing thread held in a hand on a wooden circle with other crochet motifs

Micro Crochet Granny Square Necklace

This Micro Crochet Granny Square Necklace works up quickly and uses a small amount of thread. I love how it turned out! And, yes, I did say that this project uses a small amount of thread – that would be sewing thread – yikes! Sewing thread is very thin and does take some getting used to so this project is not for everyone. But if you are like me and have been working with cotton crochet thread for years, then I think you’ll like giving this technique and project a try! I decided to model this project after my “Granite Granny” pattern that you can see here – it’s a cute crochet granny square rock cozy project!

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View of an ocean beach with waves crashing and many rocks on the beach and trees in the background

Micro Crochet Meets Beachcombing!

I have been intrigued by the micro crochet projects I’ve seen lately on the internet – I love their delicate look and how they seem to be the perfect little motifs for jewelry. And since I LOVE to crochet jewelry, I’ve been wanting to try my hand at micro crochet. So, while I was recently spending some time at the ocean beachcombing various shells and small stones, I thought it would be fun to combine all 3 of these things – Micro crochet, jewelry and treasures from the beach! I couldn’t wait to do some research about micro crochet and gather my supplies to create this Micro Crochet Granny Square Necklace.

Three rounds of a micro crochet granny square in a hand with some other squares in the background

Some Supply Tips for Micro Crochet

I watched a few Youtube videos about how to do micro crochet and discovered that you can definitely use regular sewing thread. Yay! I also learned that using thread intended for “topstitching” is the best because it is slightly thicker than regular sewing thread and made of strong polyester which in turn helps your crochet projects to have stability and good form. You can find a variety of good topstitching threads on-line but I didn’t want to wait so I went to my local craft store and found a few spools of the topstitching thread. I could only find basic colors for this thicker thread – white, black, gray and brown. Since I wanted to create a colorful granny square, I decided to use a double-strand of the regular sewing thread which comes in so many pretty colors. I simply wound off some of each color onto an index card. Another idea is that you can wind off some thread onto a little bobbin with your sewing machine and then you quickly have an easy way to use 2 strands. Of course, you can also just buy 2 spools and then you’re ready to go! Ideally it would be best to use only topstitching thread but I found that mixing the 2 threads worked just fine.

.75mm crochet hook held in a hand showing how tiny the hook is

Teeny Tiny Crochet Hook Needed

To make teeny tiny crochet granny squares, you do need a teeny tiny crochet hook. I have a set of small hooks from Clover that I really like (see supply list below to purchase) – they have a soft silicone handle which helps prevent my hand from cramping and my wrists from getting sore. Many people who create micro crochet use 0.6 mm crochet hooks and smaller! I tried the 0.6mm hook but I found it too sharp and small for the thread I was using and for my tension. So, be prepared to experiment a little with your thread and hooks until you get the look and feel that you like.

Gradually Get Smaller and Smaller

If you’ve never crocheted with thread before, then I don’t recommend this Micro Crochet Granny Square Necklace as your first project. Check out these projects that are FREE here on my blog that use Size 3 and Size 10 crochet thread and start with these:

Size 3 thread –

Size 10 thread –

Size 3 cotton crochet thread is thicker than Size 10 so I would do a few projects/patterns with Size 3 thread and then move on to the Size 10. I have been crocheting with thread for over 30 years so making the “leap” to crocheting with sewing thread wasn’t that big of a jump for me. I’ve had A LOT of practice! Don’t hesitate to give yourself some time to adjust to the different sizes of thread and hooks – be patient. Make sure you have good lighting (bright sunlight through a window is the best) and good glasses (or a magnifier) to help you be successful.

Micro crochet granny square pendant necklace on a woman's neck wearing a red shirt - granny square is made in red, yellow, blue and black thread

Granny Square – Great 1st Pattern to Try

One last tip for working micro crochet is to first try a pattern that has you working stitches into spaces like the tried and true traditional Granny Square pattern. Since your stitches and project will be so tiny, it will be much easier to find spaces to insert your tiny hook into than individual stitches and little loops. And if you haven’t crocheted a granny square in a while, I recommend making one with medium weight (Size 4) yarn and a 5.5mm (I) crochet hook. My pattern here is a little different than the traditional Granny Square pattern so you might want to try this one with the larger hook and yarn, too.

Skill Level: Advanced

(The stitches in this project are simple – the advanced rating is due to the size of the work)

Measurements:

Pink and Purple Necklace Pendant = 1 ¾” tall x 1 ½” wide

Red, Yellow, Blue and Black Necklace Pendant = 1 ½” tall x 1 ½” wide

Necklace length – approximately 19 ½” – 20” long

Supplies needed for this crochet jewelry project - sewing thread, hook, scissors, needle

Supplies:

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3 colors of sewing thread

(Polyester top stitching thread is the best to use because it is thicker and sturdier but it can be difficult to find these types of threads in various colors

So, I used the topstitch thread for my black and white and for all other colors I used a double-strand of regular polyester sewing thread

You can wind off some of one spool onto an index card or extra empty spool or you can simply purchase 2 spools of each color)

.75mm crochet hook (Click here to see the whole set of tiny crochet hooks by Clover with the silicone handles – having the entire set will help you find the hook that’s right for your thread and tension)

Embroidery needle (with small eye)

Smooth teardrop-shaped rock (approximately  1 ¾” tall x 1 ½” wide) – Yes, you can purchase small smooth rocks on-line! I love to find mine in the great outdoors along the banks of rivers and on ocean shores – so fun but if you don’t live near these things, then purchasing is a nice option.

Good lighting – bright sunshine through a window or outside on a bright sunny day while sitting in the shade works well

Glasses and/or magnifying glass – There are many magnifying glass options that can help you see better- here’s one with good ratings, has a sturdy base and embedded bright light

Pendant bail (This is a small jewelry finding that is usually glued onto a pendant and has a small loop on top for your necklace cord or chain)

E600 glue

Silk cording, cord ends and white glue

Jewelry pliers

2 jump rings (4-6mm)

Clasp

Optional: Necklace chain with clasp (use this instead of last 4 supplies listed)

Jewelry supplies needed for this diy jewelry project - pliers, stone, cording, jewelry findings, scissors, glue and chain

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Abbreviations and Stitches:

Adjustable Ring = Wrap yarn around hand to create a loop; pull working end of yarn through lp with hk;

*Watch a short video tutorial of this technique here*

Hdc (half double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch; YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook

Sl st (slip stitch) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook

Dtr (double treble crochet) = YO 3 times; insert hk into st; YO, draw up a lp; (YO, pull through 2 lps on hk) 4 times

YO (yarn over)

Hk (hook)

Lp (loop)

Ch (chain)

St (stitch)

Sp (space)

Micro crochet granny square necklaces on a wooden circle on a white wooden background with scissors and crochet hook - various colors and crochet motifs

Notes:

Project is worked in the round

Crochet Granny Square motif on a small round stone in a hand on top of a wooden circle made in pinks, purples and white thread

Instructions for the Micro Crochet Granny Square Necklace:

Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above

With Color A make an adjustable ring

Round 1: 

Ch 3, 2 hdc in ring; (ch 3, 3 hdc) in ring 3 times; ch 3, join with sl st to top of starting ch-3. Pull yarn tail tight to close ring. Fasten off.

Round 2: 

With Color B sl st in any ch-3 sp; (ch 2, 2 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc in same sp) (Corner); [ch 1, (3 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc) in next ch-3 sp] 3 times; ch 1; join with sl st to top of starting ch-3. Fasten off.

Round 3: 

With Color C sl st in any corner ch-2 sp; (ch 2, 2 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc) in same sp (Corner); [(ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) across to next ch-2 sp; ch 1, (3 hdc, ch 2, 3 hdc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times; (ch 1, 3 hdc in next ch-1 sp) across to first corner; ch 1; join with sl st to top of starting ch-2.

Rounds 4 & 5:

Repeat Round 3  – Color B for Round 4; Color A for Round 5. Do not fasten off.

Edging Round 1:

Sl st in each of the next 2 hdcs and in the next ch-2 sp (1st corner); ch 6 (counts as first hdc and ch-4 sp), hdc in same ch-2 sp; [(ch 4, hdc in next ch-1 sp) across to next ch-2 sp (corner); ch 4, (hdc, ch 4, hdc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times; (ch 4, hdc in next ch-1 sp) across to beg of round; ch 4, join with sl st to 2nd ch of starting ch-6.

Edging Round 2:

Sl st in each of the next 2 chs; ch 6 (counts as first hdc and ch-4 sp), hdc in same ch-4 sp; [(ch 4, hdc in next ch-sp) across to next corner; ch 4, (hdc, ch 4, hdc) in next corner;] around ending with sl st to 2nd ch of starting ch-6 when meet up with first corner of round.

Edging Round 3:

Repeat Edging Round 2

**Lay your granny square on your rock according to the photos and see how it fits – the granny square section should be centered on the front of the rock with Edging Rounds 1 & 2 starting to carry down the side of the rock; Edging Round 3 should be on the back of the rock – if your cozy is not fitting in this way, then repeat Edging Round 2 as many times as you need until cozy fits the rock**

Weave in Ends:

Since this granny square is so small it is important to weave in the ends before we add it to the rock

Weave in ends with needle – I like to weave one tail toward the other tail of the same color and same round; I tie them together in a double-knot and then weave each tail in opposite directions

Edging Last Round:

**Halfway through this round you will need to insert the rock**

Sl st in each of the next 2 chs; ch 1, sc in same sp; (ch 1, ch 2 or ch 3, sc in next ch-4 sp) around; ch 2, sl st to first sc of round. Fasten off.

(Note: Depending on the shape and size of your rock, you will need to adjust how many chains you put in between each sc for this last round – I usually wrap the cozy around the rock before starting this round to get a feel for how it will fit – if it is stretched pretty far across the rock, then I do 2 or 3 chs between the scs; If it seems a little big for the rock, then I do just 1 ch in between the scs – You want it snug so your cozy stays on the rock and looks its best – And since this granny square is on the diagonal, I found that I didn’t need any chains when I was working around the corner sections!)

Micro Crochet Granny Square Necklace in red, yellow, blue and black on a wooden surface with 2 other granny square motifs

Lacy Edging Option:

For the black edged granny square I worked just 2 rounds of edging stitches and I only did 4 rounds total for the granny square section so here’s how to make this version:

Work Rounds 1-4 of the pattern above in Red, Yellow, Blue and Black – do not fasten off the black

Round 5: 

Sl st in each of next 2 chs; (ch 12, sk next ch-1 sp, hdc in next ch-1 sp, ch 12, sk next ch-1 sp, sc in next ch-2 sp (at corner) around ending with a ch 6, dtr in base of starting ch-12 for the last ch-sp of the round.

Round 6:

Ch 1, sc in same sp; (ch 2, ch 3 or ch 4, sc in next ch-12 sp) around ending with a sl st in 1st sc of round. Fasten off.

(See note about various ch numbers mentioned above)

Backside of micro crochet granny square pendants

Finishing the Micro Crochet Granny Square Necklace:

With E6000 attach pendant bail to back side of rock lining up at the top

Let dry overnight

Thread cord through bail and attach cord ends and clasp

(Or you can use a ready-made chain – feed the non-clasp end through the bail)

Tiny granny square motif wrapped around a smooth stone hanging from a cord on a woman's neck in colors pink, purple and white - woman is wearing green top

Your Micro Crochet Granny Square Necklace is Complete!

And there you have it – your Micro Crochet Granny Square Necklace is complete! How did yours turn out? How did you do with the tiny thread and hook? I hope you enjoyed making this project and were able to get the hang of working with sewing thread. Please send along a photo of your finished necklace – I would love to see it!

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Jennifer

Micro crochet granny square necklace project in hand on a wooden circle with other granny square motifs for pinterest

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2 thoughts on “Micro Crochet Granny Square Necklace

  1. I have done a lot of thread crochet. I have a pattern for a Celtic Cross with the rose in the center. I like to make them for baptism and1st communion etc. I stiff them and mount in frames. I have also been learning shuttle and needle lace making. I just love it !!

    1. Glad to hear you have done a lot of thread crochet! Your projects sound beautiful 🙂 Good for you to learn so many new things!

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