I received a skein of Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend yarn in Sable. I love the color of this yarn because it is so versatile. It can go with practically any color combination. It would be great to be worked up as an accessory like a hat or scarf or maybe even a pair of socks. (Don’t worry – I won’t attempt the socks again.) I was searching for different patterns on Lion Brand’s website to make with this yarn. There is a ton of free patterns on there but for the life of me I wasn’t really ‘feeling’ any of them. I have perused many Etsy shops this past week and one item has been stuck in my head. I found these very cute crochet necklaces that double as cowls. With this yarn I have decided to attempt to make one of these from scratch!
Here is some information on the yarn itself and when you are ready scroll down for my pattern, pictures and my finished project!
This yarn is so soft! Yes, probably where they got its name. Because it is so soft the possibilities with this yarn are endless. It has a great stretch to it so the first things that come to mind are hats and scarves like I mentioned above but also slippers, shrugs, blankets and baby clothing. The great thing about this yarn is that the strands are tight. It isn’t very fluffy so your stitches will stand out as you can see from my pictures below. This would make it the perfect yarn to do pretty stitches like cables, puffs or even the crocodile stitch. They would all stand out beautifully with this yarn.
Weight Category: 4
Medium: Worsted-weight, Afghan, Aran Yarn
Skein: 3.50 oz./100 g (165 yd/150 m)
Fiber Content: 65% Acrylic, 35% Wool
My inspiration for this project came from this Hand crochet Grey Scarf Lariat Cowl Necklace I found from the KnitandWedding shop on Etsy. All right, here we go!
From looking at the pictures it looks like each strand is crochet chains and the necklace is made from multiple strands. The LB ST Extra Soft Wool Blend is size 4 (medium/worsted weight) yarn. The yarn used for the necklace pictured in the link is probably a much thicker yarn like a 5 or 6. I still love to work with thinner yarns and with a thinner yarn you will be able to see more detail too.
To start making my necklaces, I chained a strand until it fit well over my head and then some when connected. For me that was 200 chains.
To make this project a little quicker, I did not make each necklace round separately. Once I hit 200 chains I would join with a slip stitch to the first chain. Then chain 1, put in a marker, chain the remaining 199 and slip stitch again to the first chain. Here I have 2 rounds done:
Here is a close-up of where I am joining the rounds:
Here is a picture of the necklace with 5 rounds complete:
Another close-up of rounds being joined:
At 5 rounds, I called it done. I had more than enough yarn to keep going but I was too excited to see my finished project. To hide the joined stitches, I decided to wrap my excess yarn around them.
I started winding the yarn around about 1/2 inch away from the beginning of the joined stitches and kept winding until I was 1/2 inch from the end of them.
The winded yarn ended up being a little over 1 inch wide on the necklace. To secure my ends and to keep my winded yarn from unraveling I sewed them into the winded yarn.
I would insert the needle on one side after a couple winded strands. Go under all the other winded strands to the other side and repeat. This would keep my winded strands from coming loose and keep them in place.
Let’s see how it looks tried on!
So what do you think? Yes, I know it could have a ton more strands. I am thinking that to get the fullness I want it would have to be at least 20 strands with this yarn. I still love the look of it though. Be careful if you want your necklace to double as a cowl. I didn’t have a lot of spare room fitting it my necklace doubled over my head. The necklace is pretty long as it stands and the more strands you add, the fuller it becomes.
Thanks Lion Brand Yarn!
I was financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.