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How to Knit a Necklace with Beaded Texture

Learn to knit a necklace with a beaded texture for a colorful, casual, and whimsical gift for yourself or your loved ones.

The entire necklace is simply knitting yarn. There’s absolutely no need to purchase any extra wooden beads, clasps, or any other materials. We simply knit the bead shape texture. Get your written printable pattern with a video tutorial to make yours today!

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Knitted Necklace with Beaded Texture in blue and white yarn colors displayed on a mannequin.
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Knitting Supplies

This necklace makes a great quick-knit gift that your loved ones will wear with pride. My mom wears the beaded necklace I knitted for Mother’s Day over five years ago every time we get together! So sweet.

This is a very colorful, casual, whimsical project. I just love how versatile this necklace is when using multi-colored and self-striping yarns. No need to change yarn colors and weave in all those ends!

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Yarn: Worsted Weight #4
Pictured: Lion Brand® Scarfie Yarn in Cream/Teal colors
Yardage: 100 yards (91 m)
I like knitting jewelry items with acrylic yarn because of its durability and washability. Plus, it has excellent stitch clarity and the colors retain their vibrancy throughout regular wear.
Feel free to select any fiber and colors of your choice.

Double-Pointed Knitting Needles: 8 US (5.0 mm) 7″ or shorter

Tapestry Needle


Blocking Mats and T-Pins (optional)

Knitting supplies of blue yarn color, knitting needles, scissors, and a tapestry needle.

Knitting Techniques

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How to Knit a Beaded Necklace

Step 1: Cast On

Cast On 3 stitches onto one double-pointed knitting needle.


Step 2: I-Cord

Knit an I-Cord for 12 Stitches

An I-Cord is a three-dimensional tube and may be best understood how to execute when viewing the video tutorial above.

With the 3 stitches cast onto your double-pointed needle, slide those stitches to the opposite end. With your other needle, knit those three stitches. Repeat.


Step 3: Knit Beaded Shape

  • Row 1: KFB 3 times (6 Sts)
  • Row 2: P6
  • Row 3: K1, KFB 4 times, K1 (10 Sts)
  • Row 4: P10
  • Row 5: K10
  • Row 6: P1, P2Tog 4 times, P1 ( 6 Sts)
  • Row 7: K2Tog 3 Times (3 Sts)

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until your necklace is the length you desire.

Necklace pictured was knitted 120 inches long (305 cm).


Step 4: Finishing

  • Bind Off 3 stitches.
  • Cut your yarn and weave through the last stitch with your tapestry needle.
  • For the best results, I encourage wet blocking your piece. Doing so allows the necklace to lay flat and display beautifully. Make certain to NOT use any steam or heat if your yarn has any synthetic, acrylic fibers. If blocking is new to you, I suggest reviewing this great tutorial on blocking wool knitting by Brooklyn Tweed.
  • Tack the two ends of your i-cord together with yarn.
  • Weave in all ends.
Blocking mat with t-pins of knitted necklace in blue yarn colors.

Printable Knitting Instructions

Knitted necklace with beaded texture in yellow, pink, and blue color yarn.

Printable Knitting Pattern

Yield: Knitted Necklace with Beaded Texture
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 3 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate

Learn to knit a necklace with beaded texture for a colorful, casual, and whimsical gift.


  • Yarn - Worsted (#4)


  • Double Pointed Knitting Needles (Size 7 US for Worsted)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle


This Beaded Necklace is knitted in the I-Cord Technique on Double Pointed Needles.

Step 1: Cast On 3 Stitches


Step 2: Knit 12 Rows in I-cord

Step 3: Knitted Bead Shape

  1. Row 1: KFB 3 times (6 Sts)
  2. Row 2: P6
  3. Row 3: K1, KFB 4 times, K1 (10 Sts)
  4. Row 4: P10
  5. Row 5: K10
  6. Row 6: P1, P2Tog 4 times, P1 ( 6 Sts)
  7. Row 7: K2Tog 3 Times (3 Sts)

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 and Two until your necklace is the length you desire.


Step 4: Bind off, cut yarn, and weave in yarn ends.


Knitting Techniques

I-Cord Technique

Slip Knot

CO = Cast On Long Tail Method

K = Knit Stitch

P = Purl Stitch

KFB = Knit Front and Back (increase)

K2Tog = Knit Two Stitches Together (decrease)

P2Tog = Purl Two Stitches Together (decrease)

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