A Free Knitting Recipe by Briony Mannering
Approx 50grams DK (8ply) yarn - To be held doubled
5.5mm (US Size 9) (I am a loose knitter, if you are generally a tight knitter, I recommend going up a needle size)
The amount of yarn that will be used is dependent on: your gauge, and the length that you would like your necklace to sit. I have used 50 grams as a guide only.
Grafting of iCord. (Handy video here )
Using your preferred cast on method, cast on 5 stitches and begin knitting an iCord.
Once your iCord reaches approx 30cm (12 inches) in length, you will create a slip knot with you iCord. Later on this will be undone, to create one side of the necklace.
Continue to knit you iCord.
As your iCord lengthens, you will create a basic Crochet Chain. I have kept my chain at a nice gauge (not too tight, not too loose)
This is achieved by simply pushing a new loop through the slip knot loop.
Continue knitting iCord, and creating your Crochet Chain.
The next steps will depend on personal preference.
Things to consider:
1) How high or low would you like your necklace? The necklace is grafted together at the end so you need to allow enough overall length for it to go over your head.
2) How much Crochet Chain would you like?
My Crochet Chain is now long enough. I have held this up to my neck to see if it suits the look that I am after and it does.
You will now be making one end of the necklace.
Begin with the cast on end. You will be "unravelling" this slightly, then looping the iCord back through.
Undoing the initial loop (The Slip Knot)
Removing this loop out
Undoing the next loop
Note the nice long tail.
Going into this loop to prevent anymore "unravels" and to secure
Nice and secure with a good tail to go around neck.
Measure the working end against the unravelled end to make sure both ends are approx the same length. You can always hold this up to your neck to see if you are happy.
Once you are happy, cut the working yarn. Leave all live stitches on needle.
Loop through, like you are going to do a Crochet Chain, but take everything through, needles and cut yarn.
Perform a final check that your ends are approx the same length. Once you are happy, graft the ends together, being careful that end tails are not twisted. If you do accidentally twist them, manually push the twist down into the Crochet Chain to hide it, we wont tell ;)
Wear your necklace with pride!
I give you permission to make and sell items from this Recipe. Should others wish to make a beautiful necklace, please share this blog post (not printed copies) I do not give permission for this recipe to be used for teaching purposes.
Thank you and enjoy!