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Knit Wire Necklace.

Knit Wire Necklace.

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Playing with Wire:

This knit necklace made with wire is a really easy and fun introduction to wire knitting. Using just two stitches and a bunch of randomly placed beads, this project is quick for even a new knitter and you'll probably find it a little addicting.

These necklaces are great for last-minute gifts, or even as a party activity for a bunch of crafty girls (or ladies).

You can make them as long or as short as you like and add as many or as few beads as you want to make a necklace that's 100 percent you.

Materials:

  • one spool, 24 yards, of 28 gauge craft wire (I used about half a spool for mine, but you'll have plenty if you want to make yours longer)
  • one pair size 7 US needles
  • an array of small beads (mine was a collection of seed beads, larger beads and stones in several shapes and colors from my bead stash)
  • strong scissors or wire cutters

Size

You can make your necklace any length you want; the one pictured is 44 inches long. My idea in designing it was to make it long enough to loop twice around your neck, as pictured.

Instructions:

  1. String a number of beads on your wire. You can start out with a plan to use a certain number, or just string on a bunch (string more than you think you'll need).
  2. Cast on two stitches.
  3. Knit these stitches, occasionally slipping a bead between the stitches as you work. You can use more than one bead on the same row if you like, and space them evenly along the necklace or quite randomly.
  4. Continue until the work is as long as you like.
  5. Cut your working wire, leaving a couple of inches. Slide the stitches off the needle and weave the end through both the stitch and the cast on edge, making a loop. Cut any excess wire.
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