Argentite by Juliet Bernard
Elegantly simple chain-link necklace uses beads and a sparkling yarn for a subtle shimmer.
This chain-link necklace by Juliet Bernard is so quick to knit and elegant to wear. The yarn is used doubled throughout, using either one each of Rowan's Kidsilk Haze Eclipse and Lace (for the links) or two ends of the Lace together. You will have some yarn left over at the end of the project, so why not experiment by mixing the yarns and creating your own unique jewellery?
Total circumference approx. 150cm (59in)
Rowan Fine Lace (Laceweight; 80% alpaca, 20% wool; 400m/437yds per 50g ball)
A Cobweb (922); 1 x 50g ball
Rowan Kidsilk Haze Eclipse (Laceweight; 66% mohair, 27% silk, 4% polyester, 3% nylon; 200m/219yds per 25g ball)
B Gemini (451); 1 x 25g ball
C Libra (456); 1 x 25g ball
NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES
1 set 3.25mm (UK 10/US 3) double-pointed needles (DPNs)
Clover Wonder Knitter (optional)
Debbie Abrahams Beads
Ice Blue Code 42, Size 8; 1 bag of 500
Holding one strand each of yarn A and yarn B and using 3.25mm DPNs, cast on 30 sts. Divide sts over three needles (10 on each needle). Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.
Knit 6 rounds then cast off loosely.
The knitting will roll in on itself to show the reverse side.
Holding one strand each of yarn A and yarn C and using 3.25mm DPNs, cast on 30 sts and insert one needle through the first link before joining and knitting the next link as before. Now you are starting to form a chain.
Keep swapping yarn B and yarn C to alternate the colours of the links until you have worked 27 links (or more, for a longer necklace), ending with yarn B. Cast on 30 stitches in yarn C and complete the chain by knitting through the first and the last link.
Wind off a small ball of yarn A, thread 150 beads on this yarn, then take another end of yarn A so that you are working two ends together.
Using the three-hook setting on the Clover Wonder Knitter work an i-cord.
Alternatively, you could make a length of i-cord using DPNs and 3 sts. Place one bead on every 4th stitch so that the beads are in a different place on each round.
Continue to work until you have an i-cord of 150cm. Take the stitches off the Wonder Knitter or DPNs and put them on a safety pin. Carefully thread the i-cord through the knitted links before grafting the two ends of the i-cord together.