- Arts and Design»
- Crafts & Handiwork
Spool Knit Necklace Craft Projects
Easily Make Necklaces by Spool Knitting Wool
I recently "discovered" spool knitting to be one of the easiest crafts I've ever picked up, and I'm exploring the potential of i-cord - the round knit cord created by spool knitting. Today, it's knitted necklaces made with wool then felted to tighten it and finish the look.
I'll show you two different styles I created. Plus I'll show pictures of a failed experiment that's worth sharing (at least until I figure out how to make the theory work). Finally, I'll share some other i-cord necklace projects from other crafters.
All photos on this page are my own unless otherwise credited.
What You'll Need for These Necklace Projects
- A french knitter
- Wool yarn in the color(s) of your choice
- A crochet hook, nut pick, or darning needle for lifting stitches
- Beads of your choice
- Beading needle (10-14)
- Fireline for stitching beads in place
The Most Important Tool - A French Knitter
Spool knitters go by many names, including french knitter, bobbin knitter, knitting nancy, and many more. They all do essentially the same task - allow you to create lengths of i-cord in very little time.
I love this beautifully-crafted wooden french knitter. It looks like it would be a pleasure to hold in the hand and work with every day. If you plan to purchase a knitter, I highly recommend this one!
I made this knitting nancy from a piece of PVC pipe and slats from a bamboo window shade.
How to French Knit
Project #1: The Long Necklace
The Finished Long Necklace
To Make the Long Necklace
- Spool knit about 6 feet of i-cord in the wool color(s) of your choice. My i-cord was about 1/2-inch wide throughout. Feel free to knit your cord as long or as short as you want... I like lots of loops in my necklace!
- Felt the i-cord by washing it in hot water. Washing can be done by hand (takes some time) or in a regular wash cycled in your washing machine. Then dry the i-cord in a hot clothes dryer. Felting agitates the fibers so the tiny barbs in the wool stick and knot themselves together forming a tight round cord. (See video felting tutorials below)
- Using your beading needle, Fireline, and beads of choice, begin stitching the beads onto the last 6 inches of each end of the i-cord. I chose to use garnet rounds and coins and stitched them closer together at the very end and further apart as I moved up the cord.
- Your necklace is complete! Wrap it around your neck as many times as you like. Knot it at your neck or let the ends dangle loosely as shown.
Photo Tutorial for the Long NecklaceClick thumbnail to view full-size
Wool Yarn for the Season
For these projects, you need 100% wool yarn because it won't felt properly if you use anything less.
How to Felt Wool - With or Without a Washing Machine
Other Tools & Materials You Need for These Projects
Fireline is strong, easy to work with, and the smoke grey color blends into many projects. It is my favorite stringing material for many beading projects and I highly recommend it for this one.
For small beads, you definitely need proper beading needles, and these are perfect for this project.
I used garnet in my project. You'll want to coordinate with the color(s) of yarn you select. Click here to find more beads to choose from.
Peridot is my favorite bead for spring and I'm always looking for ways to work it into projects.
Project #2: The "Y" Necklace
To Make the "Y" Necklace
Spool knit just as you did for the Long Necklace, then stitch one end about 4-5 inches from the other end using matching wool yarn. Felt the wool. The "y" created where the ends are stitched together should felt smoothly together so the stitching cannot be seen.
Bead the tail end of the "y" to fit your tastes, and it's ready to wear. Just loop the necklace over your head as many times as you like, and since the i-cord stretches, you can make it as loose or tight as you like.
Which of these two projects do you like better?
Which of these two projects do you like better?
Project in Progress: The Marble Necklace
The Marble Necklace - In theory...Click thumbnail to view full-size
More Knitted Necklace Project Ideas
Spool Knitted Torchon Necklace
There is no limit to the possible hoops, loops, and bangles you could use to dress up or dress down this necklace. The designer who shared the project says this one is a carabiner she found at a market in Rome. Personally, I envision it with a wooden hoop I have in my craft closet right now.
The pattern is free, so it's definitely worth a closer look.
Visit Ravelry.com to check it out.
This necklace is formal and fancy meets kitschy and cute. It's old world Celtic meets modern cool. Follow this pattern or create your own knot.
This pattern tutorial is detailed for knitting needles, but I don't see any reason why a person couldn't use i-cord for the project.
Visit Your Knitting LIfe to get more information.
Celtic Knot Necklace
I like the way this free Celtic knot pattern is laid out and explained. The Lion Brand site uses diagrams and actually lays the knitted cord over the diagrams so they are easy to follow to create this dramatically eye-catching necklace. The pattern is free, though they are definitely promoting their yarn and knitting products.
If you do an Internet search for images of other Celtic knots, I also imagine a clever person could use i-cord to create just about any design and make it into a necklace.
Making Fun Stuff and Things from I-Cord - Books and Kits
With 9 great projects, this book is sure to please - for both ideas and inspiration!
There are any number of things you can make with i-cord and this booklet and complete kit will get anyone started creating. This kit is highly rated as a great gift!
Chain Link Necklace
I, for one, love the look of the chain. The links could be as large or small as you like; there could be as many or as few as you like; they could even be multi-colored or glammed up depending on your chosen yarns. So many possibilities...
What adaptations would you make to this beautiful idea?
There is a small fee to purchase this pattern at Art Fire.
Bingle Bangle Necklace
This necklace was the inspiration for my Marble Necklace. The author at TingleTangle used small balls of roving - or wool that has not yet been spun into yarn. By felting, she created small round bulges in her cord.
It made me think the marbles might work, and I liked the idea of using something that some light may be able to shine through. I haven't given up on the idea yet...
In the meantime, check out these Bingle Bangle Necklaces and matching bracelets.