by Kim Russell
This is a quick, easy project for using up leftover yarn. It was inspired by a newspaper article where the interviewee was wearing a chunky silver necklace. This yarn version is much lighter and more comfortable to wear, and it can be made in any colour to match your outfit.
- Small amount of worsted-weight yarn
- ½” shank button
- 3.5 mm (E) hook
- Yarn needle
Chain: 40.5 cm (16″)
Pendant: 9.5 cm (3.75″)
Exact gauge is not essential for this project.
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
Special techniques: magic ring
Ring: Ch 6. Join with sl st in first ch.
Rnd 1: Ch 1. 8 sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc.
Note: make sure that button fits through buttonhole easily but snugly. If you use a larger button, you will need to chain more for the ring and then make enough sc to fill in the ring.
Ch 75. Fasten off, leaving long tail for attaching button.
Note: You can chain fewer stitches for a choker or more stitches for a longer necklace. Try it around your neck before fastening off in case the length needs adjustment.
Thread yarn tail through button shank a couple times, knot, weave in end for a few stitches and cut off excess.
Weave in other end (buttonhole end).
Rnd 1: Make magic ring. Ch 1. 8 sc in ring. Pull on yarn end to close hole. Join with sl st to first sc. [8 sc]
Rnd 2: Ch 1. 2 sc in same sc. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. [16 sc]
Ch 2. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for joining to necklace. Leave this end alone for now, but weave in the other end.
Ring: Ch 16. Join with sl st to first ch. [16 ch]
Sl st in ea ch around. (This reinforces the ring) [16 sl st]
Rnd 1: Ch 1. 24 sc in ring. Join with sl st to first sc. [24 sc]
Rnd 2: Ch 1. Sc in first sc. Sc in next sc. 2 sc in next sc. *Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc**
Repeat from * to ** around. Join with sl st in first sc. [32 sc]
Ch 1. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for joining to circle. Leave this end alone for now, but weave in the other end.
Now you have 3 pieces: the necklace, circle, and donut.
Try on the necklace and use a stitch marker to mark the chain in the centre front of your neck, where the pendant will be attached.
With right side of circle facing you, thread end onto yarn needle. Insert needle into chain from back to front, then insert into circle from front to back. Repeat. Weave end into wrong side of circle.
Look at the circle and find the bottom stitch, opposite to where you just attached the circle. This is where you’ll attach the donut.
With right side of donut facing you, thread end onto yarn needle. Insert needle into circle from back to front, then insert into donut from front to back. Repeat. Weave end into wrong side of donut.