How To Braid A Necklace From A Single Knitted I-Cord

01 05 2015 DIY

If you know and like my tutorial on how to knit an I-Cord you maybe want to know how to braid the necklace shown in the tutorial.

Here we go:

Depending on the length you wish for your braided necklace knit one single cord that is between 4m(13 foot) and 5m(16,5 foot) long.

This pale pink one I am showing on these pictures was 4,30meter(14foot) long and the finished, braided necklace has a hanging length of about 55cm(22inch).

Measured all the way around about 110cm(44inch) 

How to knit a cord and braid a necklace with it

OK - lay out your long strand exactly like shown in the picture (of course you don't need to lay it into a s-shape - I just needed to do that to fit the picture )

But it's important that you have a longer end at the bottom! 

Now just start braiding - not too loose and not too tight.

Yes, it's starts to tangle but you have one open end so you can carefully detangle it after every few braiding moves.  

Always hold and secure your already braided part and detangle just with one hand or ask another person to untangle it.

Keep going until it's all braided. 

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Ideally it will look like this finished (following picture).

Now you have different options to close the necklace.

You could just fasten each ending with the help of the yarn endings onto the curved part on each side to secure each ending of the necklace and if your yarn is still long enough you can make a knot and a bow with the yarn endings to close the necklace.

If your yarn endings are long enough to secure the endings but not to make a bow, you could just do a simple braid with some extra yarn, fix that onto your endings and have that as a closure.

Or you could take a nice band of fabric (small or wider) and thread that through the braids and tie a pretty looking bow - it's so easy to do it because of the larger scale of this project. No needles needed - just your fingers!

Sorry for not showing these different options in pictures but I am sure you get the ideas or come up with your own.

How to knit a cord and braid a necklace with it

I decided to close the necklace as less visible as possible. 

To do that, you have to be a little creative and see, how it could work best and maybe just try a bit around.

I hope, the pictures show, how I did it, because its's a bit difficult to explain with words. 

First I put the round parts onto each other. 

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After I put the round parts onto each other I took the left ending and thread it over the top round part through the middle hole all the way to the backside.

And then the right ending coming from the back all way through the same middle hole to the front. 

Then - with the help of the yarn endings - I knotted each ending tight to a random stitch, cut the yarn shorter and weaved it in with my fingers.

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That's it!

How to knit a cord and braid a necklace with it

Happy Day,


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8 Fabric Yarn DIY'S

25 04 2013 DIY

Yesterday I have been invited to share my view on yarn on the lovely blog "About crochet"

Well - if you have been reading along a bit here on or have seen some of my DIY's, chances are, that you have noticed quite some yarn projects I made of recycled cotton yarn.

I discovered it last year when a friend of mine brought over a sample.

I was imediately hooked - though I love wool very much too - but this fabric yarn was so... different.

fabric yarn

It is thick and chunky yet often a bit stretchy and elastic depending on the fabric material mix. This thickness allows to crochet or knit sturdy projects like baskets, rugs or shapes like a heart, but I made bracelets and necklaces 1 and 2 from this material as well. I also braided a seat cushion and made pompoms and garlands with this yarn and it worked very well.

fabric yarn

Fabric yarn fascinates me because I feel there is a lot of creative potential in it and this is very inspiring to me.

It comes in georgous colors - plus I like the idea of using a recycled material. 

I placed a large order of beautiful soft tones last year and are still more than happy to work with the material and colors developing new projects and ideas.

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fabric yarn harlequin knit pattern

I really enjoyed making these little wall-hangings for Andrée's exposition because her idea was to focus mainly on the material and I wanted to create something which would truly show the beauty and esthetic of this yarn.

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I took a beach wood stick and just knotted strands of yarn around it in different lengths and added a few pretty beads - that's it.

For the other wall-hanging I knitted a simple harlequin pattern. But I am using it horizontal now and casted on additional stitches into the side and threaded another stick thru the stitches. Then I took again some strands and beads and knotted them on the opposite side.

Happy Day,