Archives for the month of: April, 2012

Picture of 3 strands of black rolled necklace with charmsAs I continue to explore the world of knitted jewelry, I have come across examples of multi-strand I-cord necklaces. They are beautiful, and I wanted to make one. I did not, however, want to knit the yards of I-cord that such a necklace would require. So, I decided to experiment with knitting rounds of stockinette stitch, which theoretically would roll into a tube. The experiment was a success, and I love the finished product!

As you can see from the photo, I made a set of three necklaces. After casting on each one, I threaded some charms onto the knitting needle, joined the stitches into a round, and then knit about an inch in stockinette stitch. Detailed instructions are available in the pattern I posted.

I am also making a second set of necklaces from some red sport weight yarn I had left over from another project. Here is the work in progress, after I cast on the stitches and put the charms onto the needle.

Work in progress: picture of a red necklace after it was cast on

The charms I am using are Cousin Trinkettes “Metal Bead Flowers.”  They are cost effective and look great, but I would like to find charms with a larger hole. (The trinkettes don’t slide along the knitting easily.) If you make these necklaces, please let me know what charms you used. I look forward to hearing from you!

Close up of charms threaded onto the needle

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Necklace with Pink Felted BeadsMy friend Liz recently gave me a gorgeous necklace, handmade in Italy from felted wool balls and metallic beads and links. I was thrilled to have a new necklace, but I have to admit that I was equally thrilled to figure out how to make my own version of it!

After just a few minutes of searching on the web, I found two basic approaches to making felted beads. One way is “needle felting” where you take a sharp barb, or needle, and peck at your roving as you form a ball. The other is “wet felting” where you vigorously roll the roving into a ball under hot water. I decided to try a combination approach, where you needle felt it first and then finish it by wet felting. (Many thanks to Craftevolution for posting instructions for making needle felted beads on her blog.)

In total, I made five felted beads and attached them to some sculpted wire beads that I purchased at a craft store.

My felted beads

To attach the felted beads, I strung a short length of 26 gauge wire through the middle of each one and then used a crimping bead to close the ends into a loops. I then used a jump ring to connect the loop of one felted bead to the purchased wire bead.

Close up of a felted bead

While I will most likely give this necklace to someone special, I think it could be a fantastic silent auction item. Perhaps I will need to make another one!