Cable Braided Necklace

Yesterday, I have been deep in thought while sizing a pattern, deadlines all looming and sooo much to do before the year’s end. I have thought to share a great little technique with you. Something last minute that you can make for either a gift or for yourself! It’s been cool, so having that tiny bit of precious cashmere caressing your neck certainly felt cozy.


So here is what you would need:
Time: 1.5-2hr (excluding drying time).
15-20 grams of Fingering or Sport weight yarn.
Make sure to choose something delectable, tiny bit of cashmere, royal alpaca, merino or qiviut. Try the yarn on your neckline area first to determine the itchiness level as it’s highly sensitive area. So you don’t end up ripping necklace off after 10 minutes of wearing it. Finished/braided necklace measures approx. 22″.

Needle: US 4 (3.5 mm)
Crochet hook C or D.

Gauge: 6 sts and 7-8 rows in 1″ over Stockinette stitch swatch

Cabled Braids are made up by knitting 2 strips.

1st strip:

Using needle and yarn CO 9 sts.
Start by purling the 1st row. Work a total 7 rows straight in St st. On next row (RS): K4, yo, k2tog, k3.
Repeat previous 8 rows for a total of 16 times. Then work 15 rows in pattern. BO on the next row.

2nd strip:

Using needle and yarn CO 9 sts.
Start by purling the 1st row. Work a total of 15 rows straight in St st.

On next row (RS): K4, yo, k2tog, k3. Then work 7 rows in St st.
Repeat previous 8 rows for a total of 16 times. On the next row BO all sts.

If you wish to make strips longer – repeat the sequence from *.

Wash your strips, make sure to use wool wash to help and fluff those fibers. Or steam the strips if you don’t have time.

Then follow the photo guide to braid your necklace or bracelet or headband.


Insert the longer end of a strip into the first yarn over of the shorter end strip.


Then insert the top strip into the yarn over of the strip below (the first yo of the longer end strip).


Then continue inserting the top strip (they will alternate) into the next yarn over, make sure not to miss any and tug on them evenly.


The view from down under.


Continue braiding and once finished you will get two different textures in the same braid. Neat!


Using crochet hook take the ends of yarn and crochet a chain to make a loop to work as a buttonhole. I have flattened the edges of the strips and joined them together just by whip stitching.

I have had these gorgeous ceramic buttons from Jenny Potter for a while and the print on them matches the texture perfectly! Just sew on the button on the other end and weave in all ends.



There are multiple ways of wearing this little accessory. 22″ length was perfect to wear around the head as a headband.. almost makes me think of those very 50ies Prada cabled hair adornments, but I don’t have hair long enough to demonstrate it.


Or a nifty bracelet ..


I hope you all like it!

Happy Crafting!!!

Or queue it on Ravelry!


Translated instructions for Cabled Necklace in FRENCH.

Translated instructions for Cabled Necklace in ITALIAN.

Translated instructions for Cabled Necklace in SWEDISH.

111 Responses to “Cable Braided Necklace”

  1. Ava says:

    How cute! Especially love it as a bracelet. Thanks for the pattern.

  2. JelliDonut says:

    This is adorable! Thanks so much for the pattern. I guess I know what I’ll be knitting next…

  3. Diana says:

    Very clever construction :-))
    Thank you for sharing :-))

  4. Jadzia says:

    Wspaniałe w całej swej prostocie. Pozdrawiam.

  5. Truscaveczka says:

    Absolutely amazing 🙂 So simple yet so creative and smart 🙂

  6. Kitty Kitty says:

    What a cute idea and I love the construction.

  7. Di says:

    Supremely clever and very cute!

  8. A-L says:

    Absolutely Fabulous! I’m off to go through my stash of left over yarn bits Now…

  9. Birgitte says:

    Brilliant! Thank you for the pattern!

  10. Mette says:

    We don’t just like it – we love it 🙂

  11. tentenknits says:

    that is so awesome!! thanks for sharing olga!

  12. Dyer says:

    Genius, the chicest things in life are just so simple.. Thank you

  13. lorrwill says:

    LOVE IT. Thanks so much for this.

  14. grumperina says:

    Delightful! Wonderful gift (for yourself or others)!

  15. Angelika says:

    Genius ! Thank You for the pattern 🙂

  16. Romi says:

    Ingenius! And very very cool. 🙂

  17. kat coyle says:

    This is awesome Olga!

  18. דנה says:

    WOW this is just perfect !

    Thank you so much for sharing

  19. this is sweet. I wonder what it would look like with a semi solid or variegated colorway

  20. Brigitte says:

    c’est génial !! Merci

  21. Stunning. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Aeshna says:

    Wow! It is so simple and yet so adorable:)(well,simple things are often like that:>)You do really great job with all those patterns, not mentioning about being a lovely model:)Thanks for sharing!

  23. Nnenna says:

    gorgeous- can’t wait to make one!! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  24. Dani Greer says:

    I love it, but am wondering what length a shortened version would be, say, for a seven-year-old who might also like to use it as a headband. I have no children available to measure, but would like to send one to a little friend who would love it, too! Thank you.

  25. knotology says:

    LOOOOOVVEEE IT! Such a great idea!

  26. Lovely lovely lovely!

  27. wormlynn says:

    You are so very creative, i love this, thanks for sharing!

  28. Karen says:

    I had so much fun making up this necklace. It is a quick satisfying project. I will post about it when I’ve gotten a chance to take some pics.
    Also, I am very happy to pass on the stylish blogger award to you! If you get a chance, come by my blog.

  29. wormlynn says:

    O, I have plans for this pattern! I have some cashmere yarn with sequinse woven in left over from another project that I am going to use to make me a beautiful necklace!

  30. LauraRN says:

    How very cute– and easy!!! I’ve been collecting projects to share with beginner knitters. This is a step-up that will show them that with just an extra technique (yo/k2tog) you can make something special. (NurseLaura)

  31. Echo says:

    This is SUPER cute, I love it, this would be great with a black band and a silver or gold band knit and intertwined. I think I might try it.

  32. Sissi says:

    this necklace is just adorable i totally love it!!!!great

  33. Miria says:


  34. mme crochet says:

    hi Olga, I’m French and I have shown (and linked) your wonderful blog to my blog readers – I was wondering if you will allow me to translate in french your cabble braided necklace free pattern- you will get it to post on your own blog of course !

    best regards

  35. OLGAJAZZY says:

    TO Brigitte:

    Thank you for your kind compliments, but the necklace has already been translated, link is posted here!

  36. Love it! Thanks for sharing this pattern. It really is so easy to make, I may make a few more!

  37. Charente says:

    I have taken the liberty of translating the instructions for your Cabled Necklace in Norwegian, and here is the translation:

    Velg et garn du synes passer til pinne nr. 3,5.

    Strikkefasthet i glattstrikk: 6 masker x 7-8 pinner = 2,5 x 2,5 cm

    Strikk 2 lengder

    1. lengde:

    Legg opp 9 masker, strikk 1 pinne vrangt.

    * 7 pinner strikkes i glattstrikk. På neste pinne (rettsiden)
    strikk 4 m rett, kast, 2 m sammen, 3 rett. *
    gjenta *-* 16 ganger.
    Strikk 15 pinner glattstrikk, Fell av.

    2. lengde:

    Legg opp 9 masker, strikk 1 pinne vrangt. Strikk 15 pinner glattstrikk
    På neste pinne (rettsiden) * 4 m rett, kast, 2 m sammen, 3 rett, Strikk 7 pinner glattstrikk*
    gjenta *-” 16 ganger. Fell av.

    Vask lengdene eller press de. Følg så forklaringen i bildene som vist i den engelske oppskriften.

  38. kdoris says:

    So simple yet so creative and smartThanks for sharing this pattern

  39. crochet says:

    Super simple and gorgeous!!! I am off to try it. Thanks so much for sharing this beauty!

  40. kantuta says:

    ORIGINAL, gracias por compartir semejate ideota tan pero tan linda .

  41. cindabrown says:

    Beautiful! Thanks!

  42. Nice… also as a headband!

  43. Amanda says:

    I always have small amounts of fingering weight yarn leftover from when I knit shawls. This is great for those little bits so they dont get thrown in the trash. Thanks for making the pattern free 🙂

  44. Jane says:

    Thanks! Love this!

  45. illyanadmc says:

    this is so beautiful! have you made any using two different colors (one for each strip)?

    also, i don’t know how to crochet a chain – can you suggest an alternate method for making the button loop? i guess i could always just learn to crochet 🙂

  46. I love this look and the how-to has given me ideas how to use up some cotton jersey in my stash too.

  47. Yarn Wrap says:

    Many thanks for sharing. Fantastic work.


  48. This looks very cute! Thank you for sharing. One question – what is the purpose of washing the pieces? Is it to make it fluffy? Softer?

  49. vinlite says:

    OMG! I just love it… This would make perfect bracelets…

  50. Leah says:

    I love this – I rarely knit these days because most projects take so much time, but this I might actually be able to finish while my kids nap {or maybe a couple of naptimes}.

  51. claudia says:

    Beautiful, thank you!

  52. Sarah Teapot says:

    i’m so glad i found your blog!!!

  53. Thank you so much for the pattern! I’ve done mine today, it’s magic the way the braid appears at the very end!

  54. Ai says:

    You are awesome, I think I love you.

  55. i love this project! having fun doing it. my one question is, are both the strips supposed to be the same length before they are braided together?

  56. i love this project! really enjoying it. my one question is, are both strips supposed to be the same length before braiding?

  57. DM says:

    Very goog idea ! I am sure to try it very soon !!!

  58. DM says:

    Very goog idea ! I am sure to try it very soon !!!

  59. Unknown says:


  60. Unknown says:

    Hi – such a simple but stunning idea! Am i able to make and then sell for charity or is that not allowed? Debs 🙂

  61. Unknown says:

    whoops! think i just blogged twice! i am very new to this! sorry!

  62. this is so quick and cool! I also love your knitting patterns, they are so original and unique!

  63. Great pattern. Just made this. Used up some scrap yarn. Managed to make one long enough for a headband . It looks good.

  64. Great pattern. Just made this. Used up some scrap yarn. Managed to make one long enough for a headband . It looks good.

  65. Patty says:

    Yes, I have some scrap yarns I would like to use for this pattern. Thank you for the pattern. Lovely.

  66. marina says:

    Molto elegante e semplice, geniale!
    ciao e grazie, marina

  67. willma says:

    Me encanta!!!!
    Gracias por compartirlo.

  68. GMaEllen says:

    Beautiful! Love it so much I featured it on my blog . . . see it here:

  69. carmenroque says:

    Precioso el collar parece muy difil al principio pero creo que luego es bastante facil y queda muy original gracias por la explicación saludos

  70. dma-1 says:

    This looks almost easy enough for a novice knitter like me! Thanks!

  71. Jen O says:

    Sent you a message through Ravelry’s site as well….
    Please check and reply when you get the chance! Looooove the cuff!

  72. matemo says:

    I just discovered this pattern thanks to Ravelry, I can’t wait to make my own…

    You make really pretty things, from today on you have one more fan!

    Thank you for sharing the pattern ; )

  73. Blaubaer says:

    super chic,und doch schnell und einfach wenn man weiß wie es geht.Danke für die Anleitung

  74. Anonymous says:

    Fabulous! And so easy! Thanks a lot for this awesome pattern.

  75. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful and fun! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

  76. Simple and unique bracelet!

  77. Mehreen says:

    Thank you so much! Made this is no time for a last minute gift and it’s so gorgeous…may have to make one for myself! 🙂

  78. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much, Olga. Ineed something to make with granddaughters whom I don’t see very often.They are 8 and 6 and will love these. Now to search the stash for some non-itchy silk and some cotton.
    I’m so happy I found you !

  79. Mallu says:


  80. Lindo e fácil.

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  82. treblemaker says:

    I LOVE your beautiful pattern. I’ve already knit the two strips but cannot figure out how to braid them! Feel like an idiot.

    I’m used to braiding using 3 strips. Help!


    • Olga says:

      You braid them by forcing one strip into the hole formed by a yarn over on the other strip, then do the same just now forcing the other strip into the hole on the first strip. Look at the photos, they are quite explicit about that part. Hope this helps!

  83. Linda says:

    Just finished my first one and it’s great. So much fun. Hope to post it on Ravelry soon. Thanks so much for the creative pattern!!!

  84. Bianca says:

    Instructions in Dutch:

    Halsketting met kabels van

    Nodig: 15-20 gram 4 draads of 5 draads garen, (voor exclusiviteit: cashmere, qiviut, alpaca)
    Tip: Draag het garen eerst 10 minuten op de huid om te zien of er geen allergische reactie op ontstaat.

    De ketting is ongeveer 60 cm lang

    Verder nodig: breinaalden 3,5
    haaknaald in dezelfde dikte

    Steekverhouding: 6 steken en 7-8 toeren in tricotsteek is ongeveer 2,5 cm

    De ketting bestaat uit 2 strips.

    Strip 1:
    Zet 9 steken op.

    1: Brei averecht terug.
    2: Brei dan 6 toeren tricotsteek
    3: 4 recht, 1 omslag, 2 samenbreien, 3 recht.

    Herhaal deze drie stappen tot het in totaal 16 x is gedaan. Brei dan nog 1 x stap 1-3 en 1 x stap 1 en 2. Kant steken af.

    Strip 2:
    Zet 9 steken op.
    Brei averecht terug.
    Brei dan 15 naalden in tricotsteek.

    Stap A: 4 recht, 1 omslag, 2 samenbreien, 3 recht.
    Stap B: Brei 7 naalden in tricotsteek

    Brei stap A en B in totaal 16 x. Kant steken af.

    Was de strips, of stoom ze naar wens om de vezels opener te laten staan.

    Weef ze als volgt:

    Stop het begin van strip 2 in het eerste gaatje van strip 1. Haal strip 1 van boven naar onder door het eerste gaatje van strip 2. Vanaf dat punt stop je de bovenliggende strip door het gaatje van de onderliggende strip. Ze wisselen elkaar constant af. Herhaal dit tot alle gaatjes zijn gebruikt. Met de haaknaald maak je van de einddraadjes een lus, en zet die vast aan de ketting. Aan het begin van de ketting zet je een knoopje aan. Veel draagplezier gewenst.

  85. christa says:

    Absoltely gorgeou! ThY so much!

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  87. Terry says:

    Thank you for the pattern. Even though I’d seen this awhile ago, it’s not until now that I suddenly would love one and am loving it so, so much more!
    You do have a wonderful design sense that is truly you! Love!

  88. Aby says:

    so lovely… i like it!

  89. Susan says:

    Just finished the strips; can’t wait to wash, weave, and wear! Thank you for the pattern. I have a feeling I’ll be getting requests for these every time I wear it.

  90. ruth israeli says:

    what a creative idea – great

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  92. Andrea Noren says:

    The photos are gone! Is there any way you can send them to me or repost them? I think I could figure it out from the written instructions, but the photos would help so much.

  93. Jennifer says:

    Hi, Olga.
    I really like your creation and I am currently making it. I have a question about the last 15 rows on the first strip. Is that all in Stockinette or is it the 8 row pattern plus 7 rows of Stockinette at the end. Please let me know.


  94. Vanessa says:

    I have just found this great pattern while in “lockdown” because of the coronavirus: this pattern is perfect for my mood, of doing lots of bits of things! I have enjoyed knitting two in different colours over a couple of evenings. Thanks!

  95. Agnes says:

    You’re design is genius! Thank you, it turned out beautifully.

  96. Sarah Dawson says:

    What a brilliant pattern! Learned about you and your architectural knitting at the Madison Knitters Guild meeting à few months back ! This was easy to knit and turned out really cute!

    One question: What size button did you end up using? The original link no longer links to the ceramic button you used. Thank you!!

    • Olga says:

      Thank you so much for your kind comment! I used Jenny the potter 0.75″ inch in diameter button, but anything about that size, or even a shanked button would work wonderfully.

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