Beading / Jewelry
Gold Tube Necklace
- Copper-coated wire, 28-gauge (0.3mm): gold color, two spools; contrasting color, 12” length
- Findings of choice: jump rings, clasp
- YooLaDesign Invisible Spool Knitter (ISK) Starter Tool
- Crochet hook, size 0.6mm
- Wire cutters or small scissors
- Draw plate
- 1. This technique is often referred to as "invisible spool knitting" as stitches are left open during the work, while work is done in spirals, moving counter-clockwise. Keep wire loose and avoid wrapping around finger while keeping hook moving straight. Stitches are pulled from center to outside through the loop.
- 1. Hold starter ring with left fingers; place contrasting-color wire outside ring leaving short tail. See Photo 1. Holding tail in place with thumb, insert hook into one ring hole and pull wire from center to outside through hole. See Photos 2-3. Push hook through new stitch on top of ring to form shape. See Photo 4. Take out hook and slightly fold new stitch so it stays vertically positioned. Continue to next hole on right and repeat same action. See Photo 5. Hold new loop with left fingers so it doesn't slip open. Continue creating loops, using all 12 holes in starter ring, until you have gone around the ring approximately six times to create base. See Photos 6-11.
- 2. Switch wire to gold. Leaving 8" tail, create invisible spool stitches for 145 rows. The rows will build up like a spiral, one on top of other. See Photos 12-15. (Note: Determining length of tube for final piece is tricky and may differ according to tension of work. Continue working if not long enough.)
- 3. Carefully snip last base color row. See Photo 16. Use crochet hook to release cut ends. See Photos 17-18.
- 4. Create necklace ends by narrowing number of stitches from 12 to two. Insert crochet hook into two loops instead of one. Catch wire over hook and pull through both loops, decreasing two loops into one. Continue working to right, repeating last reduction until two stitches remain. See Photo 19.
- 5. Wrap wire around both stitches to create connector loop. See Photo 20. Cut wire end close to loop.
- 6. Insert finished tube end into largest hole on draw plate, approximately 3/8". Pull tube through hole perpendicular to draw plate using crochet hook. See Photo 21. Repeat process, using increasingly smaller holes until desired diameter is reached.
- 7. Measure necklace. Continue knitting if too short; release a few rows if too long.
- 8. When necklace is desired length, finish second end as in Step 4.
- 9. Attach clasp to necklace ends. If desired, add small chain of jump rings to loop side for easier adjustment when wearing.
- 1. If you need to start a new spool of wire during knitting, combine new and old wire to create two stitches with both wires as if they were one. Continue working around with new wire. Cut wire short from inner side of tube after passing the two stitches with both wires.