DIY: Make a Braided Knit Necklace!
After a string of large knitting projects (moss stitch cardigan with a pocket and diagonal buttons, anyone?), I was very interested in making something super quick and satisfying, too.
This little cutie knit up in about an hour, and after a quick soak and dry (you’ll need about a good overnight to let fully dry) it was ready for assembly.
If you don’t know how to knit, don’t worry! It’s super easy to learn! You could always hit me up for lessons (hee) or you can check out YouTube for online tutorials. I really like Knit Witch’s videos, and often use them when I can’t figure something out. She is always clear, easy to understand and easy to follow.
I came across this pattern on Ravelry. If you’re a crafter/lover of fiber arts, and not already on Ravelry, you should know it’s free to join and offers a WONDERFUL community full of other knitters, a ton of free patterns (thought I advocate paying sometimes, because it’s important to support our fellow artists), and forums. The forums are possibly my favorite thing. Whenever I have a question, it is instantly answered by so many knowledgeable crafters.
Link to the pattern can be found here, on Olga Jazzy’s blog. I followed the pattern exactly as directed, and used Sublime Yarns Baby Cashmere Merino Silk in Vanilla. It took about 1/2 a skein.
So here is what you would need:
Time: 1.5-2hr (excluding drying time).
15-20 grams of Fingering or Sport weight yarn.
Make sure to choose something delectable, tiny bit of cashmere, royal alpaca, merino or qiviut. Try the yarn on your neckline area first to determine the itchiness level as it’s highly sensitive area. So you don’t end up ripping necklace off after 10 minutes of wearing it. Finished/braided necklace measures approx. 22″.
Needle: US 4 (3.5 mm)
Crochet hook C or D.
Gauge: 6 sts and 7-8 rows in 1″ over Stockinette stitch swatch
Cabled Braids are made up by knitting 2 strips.
Using needle and yarn CO 9 sts.
*Start by purling the 1st row. Work a total 7 rows straight in St st. On next row (RS): K4, yo, k2tog, k3.*
Repeat from * for a total of 16 times. Then work 15 rows in pattern. BO on the next row.
Using needle and yarn CO 9 sts.
Start by purling the 1st row. Work a total of 15 rows straight in St st. *On next row (RS): K4, yo, k2tog, k3. Work for 7 rows in pattern.*
Repeat from * for a total of 16 times. On the next row BO all sts.
If you wish to make strips longer – repeat the sequence from *.
Wash your strips, make sure to use wool wash to help and fluff those fibers. Or steam the strips if you don’t have time.
Then follow the photo guide to braid your necklace or bracelet or headband.
Here are your two strips, washed and dried.
Insert the longer end of a strip into the first yarn over of the shorter end strip. Next, insert the top strip into the bottom buttonhole.
Continue to alternate and remember not to skip any buttonholes! It’ll look like this from the top:
When you get to the end, you’ll want to stitch the top and bottom ends together. I did this with a yarn needle. You’ll make a small crochet chain for one side (mine was 9 stitches long) as means of securing to a large button. Choose any button you like, and sew to the opposite tab.
Then, you’re done! And ready to wear your new creation. I think it looks very nautical, and perfect for spring! Olga’s blog says you can wear it has a bracelet or headband. I think you could get creative and adapt this for any size or length you’d like! I might make mine a little shorter next time.