I had a little leftover yarn from a hat that I recently knit (pattern coming soon!) and I just couldn’t stand to let it go to waste. So I decided to make a simple necklace with and i-cord and a strand of beads I’ve had sitting around for months. Selfie Alert- I didn’t feel like putting up my tri-pod for photos, so I hand-held my DSLR for selfies. It was… interesting.
You can make this necklace using any materials you can dream up, it’s a very versatile piece, and I love the combination of the soft fibers and the rough gemstone nuggets.
Here’s how I made the necklace:
You will need:
Yarn (you need to know how to knit to make an i-cord, but this necklace can easily be adapted to add rope instead)
2 double pointed knitting needles. (I used Cascade superwash 128 yarn and size US 10/6 mm double pointed needles)
Beads of your choice ( I used white howlite nuggets I bought on ebay)
Bead caps (bought at Jo Ann Facbrics)
Beading wire (I use Beadalon brand)
Glue (hot glue gun or any tube of quick drying superglue will work)
2 pairs jewelry pliers
1 jewelry wire cutter
1. Knit an i cord by casting on 4 sts. K4, then slide the sts. to the other end of the needle and continue knitting. Continue in this way until your i-cord reaches your desired length.
2. Once your i-cord is complete, cut about 5″ of wire and thread it through the end of your i-cord. Bend the wire so it criss-crosses over eacother, and make a loop with each side of the wire using your jewelry pliers. (This tutorial may be helpful for a visual)
3. Place some glue into your bead cap, and thread the wire holding the i-cord through the bead cap.
4. Make a loop with each side of the wire using your jewelry pliers. (This tutorial may be helpful for a visual) wrap excess wire around loops and trim wire so that it doesn’t stick out.
5. Repeat this for the opposite side of the i-cord.
6. Begin your beaded portion by placing a crimp bead onto your beading wire, and then the clasp. Make a loop around the clasp through the crimp bead and squeeze the crimp bead with your pliers. Trim excess wire from the short end. Put half of your beads onto this strand, then use this same method to attach this side of the necklace to the i-cord portion. Steps shown below.
Repeat step 6 for the opposite beaded side.