InstructionsMy necklace, as shown, measures 24" around the inside edge of the I-cord; this length doesn't really require a clasp to fit over the head, but I like having one. If you make a shorter necklace, you will definitely need some sort of closure. (Don't we all?)
Cord: approximately 10 yards of bulky yarns should be enough; you can combine thinner yarns and knit them together ...
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Type of item: Accessory
Style: Retro / Vintage, Romantic, Whimsical
Yarns, glass beads, metal-and-crystal pendant, brass hardware.
What was your inspiration?
This is one of the first necklaces I've made with a knitted component; I only recently started learning how to make jewelry, period. For this particular one, I was inspired by the gold flecks in one yarn section of my I-cord, which led to the choice of the flower pendant. And, since I like an element of asymmetry whenever possible, I decided to add the strand of crystal beads, which also introduces a new texture that helps to balance out all that fiber.
What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of just thinking up the design! I'm so new to making jewelry (although not to knitting) that I wouldn't have thought I had the repertoire yet to even think about designing my own. But there's something about working with these I-cords made from the color cards of my company's line of yarns that gives me the initial idea for the design.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Again, I'm very new to jewelry-making, so I don't feel totally qualified to write detailed instructions, so my advice would be to have at least a working knowledge of jewelry-making techniques, such as connecting parts using jump rings. You'll also need to know how to knit the I-cord; if you don't know how, please feel free to e-mail me, and I will send you the instructions.