THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

August 23, 2007

Knitting necklaces

Filed under: Accessories,Els,Embellishment,Knitting — Els @ 4:23 pm

I bought a fantasy yarn in Denmark two years ago and received some fun fantasy ribbon yarns from my friend Annika from the US and they were still waiting to be used. Since the yarns were not enough to knit a shawl they were in my stash because I did not know what to do with it. 

Some time ago the light bulb went on in my head when I wanted to see a movie on tv but felt the urge to do something with my hands while watching tv.I knitted some necklaces. Easy and fun to do it does not take a long time and the result is a colourful fantasy necklace with little effort to make.

The first one I knitted was just a long narrow piece from the fantasy yarn. I used large knitting needles size 9.I knitted a so-called straight stitch on every row till I used all the yarn, joining the short edges was all what I did since the yarn is curly enough so I can wear it just as that. It matches a kiwi green knit short sleeve top. 

The others I made from a USA Ribbon Yarn called “Incredible.

Casting on 8 or 10 stitches wide the first row knit stitches and on the reverse side purl stitches this is called stocking stitches. I did cast off the stitches when the piece was long enough land sewed both short ends together using a large embroidery needle and continue with joining the long edges.


For the next 2, I used knit stitches, which is called garter stitches.

The pink one I also started with 8 stitches and I Increased some stitches so the rectangle piece begins narrow and widen towards halve of the desired length than do the reverse for the other half decrease the stitches, joining the short and long edges.

Enjoy all the novelty yarn that is now available.


  1. What a wonderful concept, I just love that look!

    Comment by Meg — August 23, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

  2. Your necklaces are a wonderful idea for using leftover yarn from other projects and they look terrific on those novelty yarns! I also like to crochet berets (using a very large crochet needle, like 6mm) when I end up with one or two skeins left from a knitting project.

    PS – Some of the Flickr photos aren’t showing, at least for me…

    Comment by Tany — August 24, 2007 @ 6:34 am

  3. These are so fun and I love the wide band of colors they can give an outfit. Great, easy accessorizing!

    Comment by Mary Beth — August 24, 2007 @ 9:16 am

  4. I wonder if one of these could be used as a neckband on a knit tee, or sweater knit top. Just set it at the neck, or even use smaller versions as cuff bands. Great idea Els!

    Comment by georgene — August 24, 2007 @ 10:37 am

  5. YOU KNIT TOO???? I agree with Georgene. I can definitely see these on a neckline of a top!

    Comment by Lorna — August 24, 2007 @ 11:32 am

  6. I thought the same thing Georgene! Wonderful colors too Els.

    Comment by phyllisc — August 24, 2007 @ 7:23 pm

  7. Georgene, I played with the idea to use the knitting as a neckband embellishing on one of my shirts while I was knitting the first one of the kiwi color Danish yarn, because it matches my short sleeve knit top very well. But I did not do it because I had no idea if it would stand the washing. I am not washing the shirt in hot water so there would not be any damage. I can rearrange the knitting piece along the neckband but for a picture you have to wait. I have no access to my camera it is in the South of France right now travelling with my son. But I will take some photos when he is home so you can see how it looks.

    Comment by Els — August 24, 2007 @ 7:34 pm

  8. looks great!!

    Comment by dianabobar — August 27, 2007 @ 3:42 pm

  9. Very very cool idea!

    Comment by Annika — August 31, 2007 @ 4:50 pm

  10. Hi – I love these necklaces! I am a knitter and would like to make some of these for Christmas gifts. I was wondering if you have the mm size of the needle you used. You said you used a large needle, size 9. Is this US 9? Also, what type of thread did you use to sew the edges up? Thanks and keep up the great ideas!

    Comment by Julie — September 2, 2007 @ 1:40 am

  11. Julie, I used a European needle size 9 which is in mm , the equivalant for the UK needles is size 00 and for the US a size 13 acording to Wikipedia.
    I used the same yarn for sewing the edges which was left from the start and finishing of the knitting piece.

    Comment by Els — September 2, 2007 @ 5:41 am

  12. I just saw this–what a great idea! I don’t knit too much any more because of hand problems, but I think I could manage this.

    Have you tried using I-cord to make necklaces? It stands for “idiot cord” and was “un-vented” by the great knitting maestra Elizabeth Zimmerman. You use two double-pointed needles, cast on 3 or 5 or whatever number of stitches, knit them and then push them down to the other end of the needle and keep doing the knit stitch. You get a tube without having to join the long sides.

    I’m going to put on my wrist brace and try this tonight!

    Comment by Kathleen — September 24, 2007 @ 7:22 pm

  13. wonderfull necklaces,looks gorgeous
    all days i enjoyed made crochet necklaces.

    Comment by ROSA — January 19, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

  14. these necklaces are you have any crochet patterns for necklaces???

    Comment by marilyn — June 18, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

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