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Shimmery knit necklace

An easy-to-knit crystal necklace hides a magnetic clasp

Shimmery knit necklace

Swarovski crystals and metallic thread lend a pretty shine to this woven necklace. A tasseled bail finishes the look. 


Below are instructions on how to knit the necklace. For full instructions that include how to make the bail, download the free project PDF by clicking here.


Knit a test swatch or two before you determine the size of knitting needles to use. Smaller needles create a tighter weave; larger needles create a looser weave.


Necklace 15 in. (38 cm)

  • 864 Swarovski 4 mm round crystals
  • small magnetic clasp
  • 43.7 yd. (40 m) spool of metallic thread
  • sewing or beading needle
  • G-S Hypo Cement
  • knitting needles, size 0 or 1
  • large knitting needle or dowel



Shimmery knit necklace Photo a
Photo A
Shimmery knit necklace Photo b
Photo B


1. Attach a sewing or beading needle to the end of a spool of metallic thread. String 735 4 mm round crystals.


2. Leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail, cast on 14 stitches. Knit two rows.


3. Work in bead knitting as follows. Row 3: Knit one stitch (K1). Slide one crystal up to the knitted stitch (C), and snug it up. The crystal will be facing away from you. Knit two stitches (K2), C, K2 (Photo A). Add another crystal and work in the K2, C sequence until you reach the last stitch. K1. Row 4: K14 without crystals. Row 5: K2, C, six times. K2 (Photo B).


4. Repeat rows 3-5 until the beadwork measures 15 in. (38 cm) or the desired necklace length. If needed, add thread at the end of a row: Tie a surgeon’s knot and dot with glue. Continue knitting, and weave in tails later.


5. Knit three rows without crystals and bind off. Leaving a 24-in. (61 cm) tail on the beadwork, cut the thread from the spool.

Shimmery knit necklace Photo c
Photo C

6. Thread a needle on the tail. To sew the beadwork into a tube, position it vertically, crystal side down. Place a large knitting needle or dowel onto the beadwork and roll one end of the two sides around the dowel so that the first crystal in the row on the left side of the dowel is parallel to the last crystal in the same row on the right side. Sew across the gap and into the outer stitch on the opposite side (Photo C), matching the two sides snugly. Continue sewing back and forth across the gap, until you have completed the tube. Leaving a 20-in. (51 cm) tail, tie a half-hitch knot, and dot with glue. Sew back through the beadwork for several rows, then turn and sew back to the end of the work. Remove the knitted tube from the form.

Shimmery knit necklace Photo d
Photo D
Shimmery knit necklace Photo e
Photo E

7. Sew around the end three times, closing the opening securely (Photo D).


8. String half of a magnetic clasp onto the tail and sew the clasp to the base of the knitted tube, making several passes through the clasp (Photo E). Knot the thread, dot with glue, and sew back through the knitted base. Trim the tail.


9. Thread a needle on the remaining tail and sew back through the knitted base. Trim the tail.


10. Add a 24-in. (61 cm) length of thread to the other end of the tube and repeat steps 7-9.


For full project instructions, download the free PDF.

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