Originally, I wasn’t going to offer this as a free pattern. It just seemed too simple to bother to take the time to write up. But it really does make a quick and lovely gift so I figured I’d put it out there. This version is super simple. You can use any size hook and yarn that works for you to get the length you desire but I will write the specifics of what I’ve done here to make a necklace that is long enough to slip over the head so no clasps are needed.
Twisted Chain Necklace
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Copyright 2014 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved
First, I’ve used worsted weight acrylic yarn for all strands except for one made with Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour for a metallic accent. I’ve made the one shown with a J hook and an F hook.
I used a J hook and made a chain of 101 for 6 strands of coordinating colored yarns, including the one of Vanna’s Glamour. It tends to look best with at least 6 strands. Less will seem a bit too loose, unless you are using a thicker yarn. For one of the strands, I threaded three metallic colored beads onto the yarn first and then randomly chained them in place as I went along, just to add a little extra interest. I used the beginning and end tails to tie all of the strands together in a knot and trimmed the ends.
Next, I made the band by using the Vanna’s Glamour yarn and making a square as follows – With an F sized hook – CH 11, (one is to turn) and then SC across (10), and CH 1, turn and repeat for a total of 10 rows. For the last row, you can wrap the band right around the knot of yarn tails on the necklace and then SC or SS directly to the other side of the band. Then finish off and hide your yarn tail inside the work. Alternately, you could finish off after creating the band and then use the yarn tail to sew one end of the band to the other around the necklace. I like doing it as the last row of the band because it seems like less finishing work (even if it’s only in my head). You could also sew a button or other item of interest onto the band when finished.
To wear the necklace, place it over the head, adjust so the band is on the side, and holding the band with one hand to keep it from moving, hold the opposite side of strands with the other hand and twist them a bit so all strands are nicely arranged around the neck and all colors can be seen. You could also just leave them loosely dangling but I prefer the twisted look personally.
Other variations might be to make two smaller bands and put one on each side and leaving the strands untwisted, or adding a flower or other applique onto the band as well. I’ve also made these using little metallic rings instead of beads and they added an extra element of luxury to the look. Above all, have fun with this!