When I was a teenager, I had a very crafty boyfriend and he made me a leather bracelet out of one strand of leather, but it looked braided. Man, I loved that thing! He eventually showed me how he did it. Thank goodness! It was a puzzle for awhile 🙂
While cruising blogs I came across a free pattern: the Cable Braided Necklace by Olga Buraya-Kefelian from her blog Olgajazzy. And it reminded me of that bracelet of so long ago. Very similar. However, I went back to his idea, and knitted one long band and worked that through the holes and it came out lovely.
Row 1-4 Knit
Row 5: Knit 2, purl till last two stitches, knit 2
Row 6: Knit
Repeat Rows 5-6 for 9 rows, ending back on the knit side
Then knit 6, yo, knit two together, knit to end.
Purl across the next row.
So every ninth row will be a YO one. And I made 10 to 11 holes in the length. (Whatever fits around your neck of course)
BO when your feel it’s long enough. Finish the ends. Then take one end of the band, and come through the underside of the top hole, pulling up through completely. This makes a nice lily petal I guess you could call it.
I’m not used to writing out directions and I hope I did okay. Enough for anyone who wanted to play with this that is 🙂
You continue pulling the end through until all the holes are worked. Then it’s just a matter of taking one end of this lily petal braid, and pulling it through the last hole of the other end. No need for a button. It holds just by it’s nature. You could pin a brooch inbetween the ends. Or sew a button. You can make it longer and add a section of lace knitting to it for more flourish. You can do whatever you want 🙂
Knitting is calming to me and some days it’s nice to knit something simple, mindless, with left over bits of yarn. It was a fun project and I enjoyed the day making several of these.
When my Mom passed, I was given lots of her costume jewelry. Plenty of brooches-and now I have a few little neck scarf huggies to place them on 🙂 So Mom, this one is for you!