Knitted Neckpieces

Neckpiece samples

As my idea of a knitted neckpiece inspired by the Sev(en)circle pattern by Kirsten Johnstone has now been knit into shape, this post is about inspiration.

I’ve tried out a couple of options. I’m not giving you a detailed how-to at this spot. But I’d love to challenge your own creativity, so here are some ideas.

Basic instructions
Cast on using your preferred method
– If you want a ‘knit’ surface: cast on 8 to 15 stitches, depending on the yarn you use, knit in stockinette/stocking stitch about 70 to 75 cms length. Garter stitch doesn’t work – it doesn’t curl up.
– If you want a ‘purl’ surface: cast on about 130 stitches (4 mm circular needle/US 6/UK 8) or more, according to yarn used, knit about 10 rows in the round (until it curls up)
Cast off, join ends using your favourite method – sew together or graft.

Now it’s playtime! Be your own designer
Experiment with a combination of knit/purl patterns
Knit as much rings as you like – even just one will look great done with the right yarn
Make the rings in different sizes, making them longer/shorter (or narrower/wider on circulars)
Knit one long strand, coil it up, sew ends together
Use various yarns – thick, thin, regular, novelty
Embellish the rings – buttons, beads, sequins, found objects, embroidery

You can always combine the rings anew – depending on whatever mood you’re in or what you’re wearing today, mix colours and material. Wear them individually or tie them together with some nice piece of lace, knit a separate ring to hold them together (in this case they will not be interchangeable) – you can even use some decorative hairclip. Sounds weird, but I’m sure it will look great.

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A Walk In The Woods

Fungi

What do you think about wearing a sculpture?

Something I always wanted to do, I hear you say. No?

Well, I’m not thinking of some sculpture made of stone or metal or wood – that would be a little inconvenient, let alone for the weight of it.

I’m thinking of a knitted sculpture, made of some great yarn. Maybe inspired by one of your favourite topics or experiences or some great memory. Or something you saw somewhere.

Fungi and lichen

Like this branch with the little fungi and lichen on it. – Wait, I’ve got something similar in my stash. Some browns, the leftover yarn from knitting Dave, a green novelty yarn.

Inspired by the SevenCircle neckpiece I made earlier, I knit five rings from different novelty yarns. The flesh coloured sockyarn was perfect for crocheting little fungi. And two strands of perle cotton were the choice for crocheting some lichen.

The finished piece is modelled again by my dear friend George.

A Walk In The Woods, modelled by George

Some inspiration on knitted neckpieces to follow in my next post.

Shiny Seven


Here’s another textile surprise from The Boudoir. Finished yesterday night – it’s still warm, so to speak. I’m posting this here, as my art blog is currently under reconstruction. Work is making good progress on both blogs – the patchwork blog is nearly done -, so they might be back online earlier than everyone was expecting – including myself.

Recently I posted about that shiny yarn I found again. I had seven cones in different colourways waiting for a new life as a work of art. With the emerald green one I had already tried to make a cord using a knitting doll but wasn’t satisfied with the result so I unraveled it. On Ravelry I found the Sev(en)circle pattern by Kirsten Johnstone. Bingo! (OK, not really, I had tried that one already with a nice red sock yarn but had some trouble with the needles used and unraveled that one, too.)

The brown yarn in the first ring didn’t work very well. Although the yarn on the cone seems alright it begins to split up as soon as you’ve got it on your index finger and needle. It got better from the second ring onwards but still demanded some attention. The pattern itself was merely a piece of mindless knitting.

Let’s see what my muse is thinking.

Hi, Dave!
– Hi! Oh, finished. –
Yes, this is my newest ‘work of art’.
– I wondered. I watched you knitting. –
So what do you think?
– It’s, eh, interesting. –
Interesting?
– Looks like an entangled cephalopod to me. –
I’m glad you didn’t say intestines like the lady on Ravelry. Although she was probably right, because she had used pink yarn.
– Eek! This sounds yucky! –
Exactly.
– Eh, and what is this supposed to be? –
A decorative neckpiece. Stylish and trendy.
– You mean you are going to wear this? –
Sure.
– Oh. –
You don’t like it, right?
– Weeelllllll … –
I’m going to wear it anyway. And – I’ve got half of the yarn still left.
– Goodness me! You’re not going to … –
Yes, I am.

Shiny Seven modelled by George

I’ve already got an idea. As I didn’t like the back where all the rings are knit together, I’m going to make separate rings next time. Mixing various yarns also sounds like a fine option. Actually, in my old scrapbook I found a sketch of something similar with fabric rings. Hmm. I might even try some embellishing.