I’ve made a rule, that before I’m allowed to buy any more yarn, I have to use all that I have, which is quite a lot. I bought this yarn quite a while ago just because I liked it. I had no real plan for what I’d do with it since it’s too thick to use for my headbands. For my headband pattern, I usually use sock yarn or something equally fine. This is a flat ribbon yarn made with a polyester, acrylic blend. I kept thinking what nice fringe it would make. I designed these necklaces especially with this yarn in mind.This particular yarn is 1/8 inch or 3 mm wide and flat. You may need to adjust the pattern if a different sized yarn is used. I chose to use a traditional clasp but a crochet button and loop would probably work well too.
This pattern assumes a basic knowledge of crochet stitches and abbreviations. My method of crochet is a bit unorthodox due to a problem I had with my left hand when I first learned, so I’m not the right person to give advice to beginners on how to hold the needle and form the stitches. My post DIY – How to Make A Crochet Headband has a list of stitch abbreviations before the pattern.
For this yarn I used a F/5-3.75mm hook. First, chain 75. If you’re using ribbon yarn, be sure to keep it flat as you wrap it around the hook. If it twists, it can look sloppy.
If you’re using a traditional metal clasp, at the end of the chain, slide the remaining loop through one half of the clasp as pictured.
Next, chain 1 then sc in each chain stitch making sure the yarn stays flat. The yarn can get quite twisted so sometimes I cut it making sure I’ve left enough to finish the row. When you reach the end of the row, slip stitch in the 1st chain stitch, then slip the second half of the clasp over the last loop. Chain 1. It should look like this:
Now tie off the last stitch and weave the ends in.
Now cut four 8 1/2 inch lengths of yarn. Carefully line them up so they are flat and lined up side by side then tie them in an overhand knot around the center of the necklace being very careful to keep the yarn flat and neat. Carefully tighten the knot until it looks something like this:
When the knot is tied, lay the eight fringes out flat. String some wood or glass beads on each length of fringe so they hang down straight and don’t tangle as easily. I chose to knot the fringes at four different lengths like so: