Get ready for some fabulous DIY fashion. Knitting is making a huge comeback and everyone has picked up a pair of needles. Knit jewelry is a somewhat new trend but growing quickly every day. Hot celebrities and business women alike are wearing knit jewelry. Grab a pair of double pointed needles and get started on your own knit necklace today with this free pattern.
You will need:
Small amount of lace weight yarn
2 double pointed needles US size 5
2 stitch holders, or scrap yarn
Needle for weaving in ends
2 hook and eye closures (can be found in craft and sewing stores)
Clear thread and coordinating seed beads (optional)
Jewelry charms (optional)
This free pattern uses i-cord to create a comfortable yet funky bracelet.
To knit in i-cord simply knit the number of stitches you have cast on. Do not turn work at the end of the row. Move your stitches to the other side of the double pointed needle. Carrying the working yarn across the back, knit the first stitch on the needle which will be the last stitch you just knit before sliding the stitches over. Your i-cord will begin to look like a rope or a closed tube.
Knit the Necklace
Cast on 9 stitches. Knit every row for 3 rows. Place the last three stitches on a stitch holder or scrap piece of yarn. Then place the middle three stitches on a holder. The remaining three stitches will be worked in i-cord until about 18″ in length. Cut yarn and place stitches on stitch holder. Move the stitches on the middle holder to your double pointed needle. Knit the first row and then work in i-cord until the piece measures 20″ and place stitches on a stitch holder. Move the final three stitches to your needles and work in i-cord until the piece measures 22″. Turn your work so that the working yarn is on the left and ready to knit straight across. Place the stitches on the middle holder on the double pointed needle and then the same with the last three stitches. Knit across all stitches. Continue in garter stitch for 3 rows and bind off. Weave in all ends.
With your sewing needle and clear thread, attach the hook and eye closure to the bind off and cast on edges.
Option 1: Add the Beads
To add a little sparkle and shine to your new knitted necklace, you can now add some seed beads in a coordinating color of your choice.
Bring the needle up through the inside of the ring. Thread a seed bead over the needle and down the clear thread until it rests comfortably on the necklace. Insert your needle very close to where you bought it up through the fabric and pull firmly. This will attach one bead. Continue in this manner until you have created a design that pleases you. You can create a simple row of seed beads across the top of the knit necklace or you can cluster them and have them appear like a stone. The options are endless. Be sure to weave in all loose ends of yarn and to fasten off your clear thread when you are done beading.
Option 2: Attach the Charms
Adding a charm to your necklace will create a little whimsy and only takes a little work. Thread a needle with your clear thread and knot the end. Pull the needle through the back of the knit necklace strand you deisre to the front. Loop the thread and needle through the charm and insert the needle right next to where you just pulled it through. Take an extra small stitch through the back to secure and finish off.
Your knitted necklace is finished! You can now wear your DIY necklace out and tell everyone that you knit it yourself.