How to Make a Ribbon Yarn Necklace

Updated April 17, 2017

Necklaces made from the various ribbon yarns available today are popular with women of all ages. You can craft them to any length and width you desire. Choose a simple one-strand necklace or make a statement with one that has multiple strands. Ribbon necklaces, or trellis necklaces, as they are also known, make great gifts and each one is unique. With a few basic knitting or crocheting skills, you can fashion one for yourself, a friend or a loved one.

Choose your yarn. Ribbon yarns have a ladder like or trellis pattern and come in all colours, both variegated and solids. Ribbon yarn is available at yarn and craft stores and online. For this project, a light or medium weight works well.

Use size 9 needles and the ribbon yarn to cast on eight stitches. Knit, in garter or stockinet stitch, until you reach the length you want for a single strand necklace. If you prefer a double strand, keep knitting until, when you sew the ends together, you can loop the necklace over your head. Instead of sewing the short ends together, you might want to pick up a clasp at your craft or knitting store.

Knit a ribbon yarn necklace by forming an I-cord. With a ball of ribbon yarn in any colour and size 6 double pointed needles, cast on five stitches. Knit across, push the knit stitches to the other end of the needles, do not turn your work, and draw the yarn from the last stitch across the back of the stitches. Hold the yarn across the back while you knit across. Slide stitches to the other end of the needle and repeat the process until the cord is the length you want it.

To hold your necklace together you may simply choose to sew the loose ends together and slip it over your head, or, you could sew a loop on one end and a button to the other and slide the loop over the button as a clasp.

Work a chain stitch using a size K crochet hook and ribbon yarn. Tye a slip knot around the crochet hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook from back to front between the hook and the knot, forming a loop. Draw the yarn through the loop.

Repeat the process until the chain is as long as you want. Cut the yarn, leaving a six-inch tail.

Make as many chains as you want your necklace to have. When you are finished, tie the tail ends together and slip the necklace over your head. If you made a shorter necklace, purchase a jewellery clasp at a craft store.


For added interest, you can make the chains and I-cords different lengths so each strand of the necklace falls to a different area on your neck, some close to your jaw and some closer to your chest. You could also craft each chain out of a different colour ribbon. For this you will need more ribbon yarn.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 balls of ribbon yarn
  • Number 9 straight knitting needles
  • Jewellery clasp
  • 2 number 9 double pointed knitting needles
  • 1 tapestry needle
  • 1 spool of heavy cotton thread
  • 1 size K crochet hook
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Jan Czech has been writing professionally since 1993. Czech has published seven children's books, including “The Coffee Can Kid," which received a starred review from School Library Journal. She is a certified English/language arts teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts in education from Niagara University.