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Extract from DIY Statement Necklaces • By Erin Pruckno • Published by Adams Media

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DIY Statement Necklaces
While projects made up of lots of materials and multiple steps can be very rewarding to accomplish, there is something satisfying about the simplicity of a DIY statement necklace that needs limited materials and uses just three of your fingers to make. Once you master the weaving and looping pattern of finger knitting, this necklace becomes incredibly relaxing to create, which makes this a great project to do while hanging out with friends or unwinding while watching a movie.

Statement Necklace Supplies
Jersey yarn, which is available in solid colors or patterns, is made of the same stretchy material as your favorite comfy tee, and is also known as t-shirt yarn. Some yarn manufacturers even use upcycled fabric off-cuts, the unused pieces from the end of the roll of cloth. Instead of ending up in the landfill, in your hands these scraps can become a unique necklace!

Posted by FW Media Published See FW Media's 76 projects » © 2019 Erin Pruckno / Adams Media · Reproduced with permission. · Excerpted from DIY Statement Necklaces Copyright © 2015 by Erin Pruckno and published by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Photos courtesy of Erin Pruckno and Elisabeth Lariviere.
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  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 1
    Step 1

    To start, place a long 12-inch tail of yarn between your thumb and index finger, with the rest of the yarn lying across your palm.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 2
    Step 2

    Weave the yarn over your index finger, under your middle finger, over your ring finger, and under your pinky.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 3
    Step 3

    Wrap the end of the yarn over your pinky finger, then weave it back toward your thumb, going under your ring finger, over your middle finger, and under your index finger.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat the weaving process twice more, working toward the pinky and back again to the thumb so that each finger has two loops on it. Lay the long end of the yarn across your palm.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 5
    Step 5

    Starting with the pinky, pull the bottom loop up and over the top loop. Let the pulled-up loop drop behind your finger.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 6
    Step 6

    Repeat for each finger so that each finger now only has one loop.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 7
    Step 7

    Take the long end of the yarn and weave it back over your fingers—over your index finger, under your middle finger, over your ring finger, and under your pinky. Then, weave the yarn back to your thumb—around and over your pinky, under your ring finger, and under your index finger.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 8
    Step 8

    Pull the bottom loops over the new loops as in the previous steps. Repeat the process of weaving toward the pinky and back to the thumb, then pulling the loops up and over. As you do so, a knit tail will take form on the back side of your hand. Gently tug the end each time you pull the loops over and off your fingers to pull the knit portion together.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 9
    Step 9

    To “cast off” your finger knitting, leave a single row of loops on your fingers.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 10
    Step 10

    Lift the loop off of your pinky and onto your ring finger.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 11
    Step 11

    Lift the bottom loop of the ring finger up and over the top loop and off of the finger.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 12
    Step 12

    Do the same for the loop on the ring finger, moving it over to the middle finger, then repeat for the middle finger’s loop onto the index finger.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 13
    Step 13

    Pull the bottom loop on the index finger over and off. Pull the end of the yarn through the last loop, and pull tight.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 14
    Step 14

    Take one of the 1-yard reserved pieces of yarn and thread it halfway through some of the loops at the end of the knit section.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 15
    Step 15

    Slide a copper tube onto the three strands of yarn and knot the yarn in place above the tube.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 16
    Step 16

    Repeat with the second 1-yard yarn piece and copper tube at the other end of the necklace.

  • How to braid a necklace. Finger Knit Necklace - Step 17
    Step 17

    Try on the necklace by tying behind your neck, making note of how much excess yarn remains. Untie, then trim the ends of the yarn so that they are even.

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Amy C.
Amy C. · 37 projects
This is so pretty.
I'm definitely making one.
Thank you Happy
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