Friday, February 3, 2012

Knitted Bead Necklace

I came up with the idea for this necklace all by myself. I am not even sure what inspired me to come up with it. So this is a completely original idea from me.
I had some wooden beads lying around that I was going to use for another project that never panned out. I was thinking about what to do with those beads, and the idea for this necklace just popped into my head. What you will need is a small amount of yarn (I used cotton, but acrylic should work too), matching thread, size 8 dpns (double pointed needles), 1/2 inch wooden beads, small rubber bands, and a necklace clasp.
Using the yarn and dpns, cast on 6 stitches. Distribute 3 stitches each onto 2 needles. Knit in the round until the tube reaches the desired length. I made mine 20 inches long, but since this project involves some gathering, it was 18 ½ inches when finished. So keep in mind that it will be a little shorter once you are done.
Once the tube is the desired length, bind off all 6 stitches. Weave in the ends. Then take your first bead and push it into the tube. Find the middle of the tube and push the bead all the way to the center. Then secure one small rubber band on each side of the bead.

Keep adding beads, one on each side, and securing them in place with rubber bands. Keep going until you reach the end of the tube, or until you run out of beads.
Sew up the ends of the tubes with matching thread, and sew on a clasp. You’re done!
I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with this idea. It’s pretty easy and inexpensive, depending on what materials you already have. I happened to have all the materials on hand, so this cost me nothing! I made mine in my favorite color, pink, but I think I might make a few more in other colors.
Here I am modeling my new necklace:

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