Ruched Knitting Necklace
by Kris | one response | March 4, 2013
A while ago I invested in a great set of bamboo knitting needles in lots and lots of sizes. Included in the set was some size US 0 / 2mm needles. They’re basically glorified toothpicks, so I couldn’t wait to use them. This project would work just as well with US 1 / 2.25mm needles.
If you’re buying tiny needles like 0 or 1, I would recommend looking for steel needles, my bamboo needles bend just enough to make me nervous about breaking them.
Supplies and Equipment:
- #10 crochet thread
- US 0 or 1 knitting needles (2-2.25mm metric needles)
- dull needle to stitch in the ends
- needle nose pliers
- jump rings
- jewelry chain
- jewelry clasp
- clean towel
- measuring tape
Cast on 148 stitches (or a multiple of 9+4)
If you use a 2 needle cast-on start with Row 1. If you use a 1 needle cast-on start with Row 2.
Row 1, 2, 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: k3, *yo, k2, k2tog tbl, k2tog, k2, yo, k1*, k1
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: k2, *yo, k2, k2tog tbl, k2tog, k2, yo, k1*, k2
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: k3, *yo, k2, k2tog tbl, k2tog, k2, yo, k1*, k1
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: k2, *yo, k2, k2tog tbl, k2tog, k2, yo, k1*, k2
Row 12: Purl
Row 13: k1, *k3tog* to end of row
Row 14: Knit
Row 15: Knit
Row 16: Cast-off (knitwise)
yo= yarn over
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
k2tog tbl = knit 2 stitches together through the back of their loops
Weave in the tails but leave the threads for now.
Saturate the knitting with water, then carefully lay it out on the towel the way you want it to look when you wear it. You can use some pins to hold it in place if you need to. Allow it to dry completely.
Clip the threads. Feel free to re-block it at this point if it’s not quite right.
Take your knitting to a mirror and use a measuring tape to determine the chain length. Cut the chain for the necklace (take into account the size of the clasp.)
Carefully work a jump ring through the knitting on either end. Hook the jump ring to the end of the chain. Add a clasp at the back.
I decided my chain was too fine for the appearance of the knitting so I used a double length of chain and looped it through the jump rings at the front. At the back I just hooked both ends of the chain onto one jump ring.