I made the above necklace this week and was amazed at how easy it was! The necklace only took about an hour and a half to knit, however, it took about another hour just to string the beads. Still, under three hours for an entire project isn’t bad at all. These look completely different depending on what colors you use. The picture above is accurate, but I used flash on the shot below so you could get a better look at the detail.
The pattern was taken from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. I found my copy at the library. In fact, I wouldn’t even have looked twice at the necklace, but the librarian was a knitter and was wearing one that she’d made. It was very pretty on. Hers was on a light pink yarn with natural, stone-looking beads.
There are a couple of tips I’d offer while making this necklace. First, though I would categorize it as “easy” it is a bit on the fussy side. It might be a bit tough for a beginning knitter. You will want to make very sure you don’t split any of your stitches and also that you watch to make sure the beads stay in place during the first row. After the first row, it’s easy-peasy.
My first tip is to put a bit of glue stick glue on the end of your yarn to make a “needle” for beading. This sped things up immensely! At first, I was just trying to wet the yarn to get it through the beads and it kept coming apart; it was taking forever. Once I glued the end, beading was a breeze.
My second tip isn’t really a tip, just an explanation for those who might not understand how the beads are added. I didn’t feel the instructions explained it well, though once you’ve done it, it’s obvious. I didn’t understand where my beads were supposed to be in relation to the stitches I cast on, and kept trying to have them on the wrong side. Since I couldn’t find ANY help on the web, I realize it could be obvious to everyone but me. However, on the off chance that’s not the case, I put together a little video showing how the beads are added. I hope this helps. (NOTE: The below video shows a new necklace I’m starting, not the one in the picture.)
I paid $2.95 for a skein of sportweight wool yarn and used just the tiniest bit of it. I purchased a vial of beads at JoAnn’s but just saw the same type at Walmart for $1.50. That makes for a pretty inexpensive gift, especially if you make several necklaces with the same yarn.
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