Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fun Knit Necklace

I want to share a fun necklace I made out of an old knit turtleneck.
To be honest I wasn't really sure if I liked it at first but it has really grown on me.  I like the braid and the pop of color the beads add.

Here is how I did it:
I took my old gray turtleneck and cut strips of material (I'm guessing I used about 2" strips - you can make as thin or thick as you want)
I then opened one end so I had really long strips. 
I took 3 strips and sewed them one end together so I could braid the three strands.  (Note: when braiding the strands it will seem to take FOREVER because they are stretchy and grow!!!!)
Figure out how many braided strands you want to do and play around with adding beads to some of them.  - I used fun, big, blue beads I bought at Joann's - (with a coupon of course!!!) and 3 finished braided strands.

I actually put all my beads on the same braided strand - but again you can do whatever you want.  Play with it and find the look you like best.
Sew your ends together when you are ready to finish the necklace.  I did not sew all my braided strands together but I did inter loop them so they can not be separated now.  You can do this however you want - I liked the look of inter looping but if you want the versatility of wearing each braid separately you may want to keep them as individuals

That is all there is to it....very easy - fun - chic and cheap :)

**If you want to see what I did with the extra strips check out the cat cuff :) - (the necklace that was a fail was different from this one in case your wondering )Warning if you have cats ~ they will want to play as you try to braid! But they are so cute how can you get mad?!**