This lovely little chain can be worn as a stylish statement scarf, hanged in the room as a garland, or used to truss up a naughty husband trying to escape from home during the lockdown. I’m sure you’ll find a lot of better uses for this item. Noteworthy, it’s also a great training project for beginners, as well as perfect travel or beach knitting.
Photo credits: Oleg Malysh
The coolest thing about this universal chain thing is it can be knitted of nearly any yarn you have in your stash and don’t know what to use it for, and you don’t need to pick the needle size precisely. You can make it any length you want, adding up the little chain links together one after another.
So I grabbed three orphan skeins of Lana Grossa 365 Cotone (that I mindlessly picked at some crazy yarn sale, no idea what for as I never make toys nor knit summer clothes), US#8/5mm needles, and got the party started.
YOU WILL NEED
■ ~5oz/150g of DK/Worsted/Aran weight yarn;
■ US#8/5mm needles of any length (any type for working flat or double-pointed for working in round) or size to obtain gauge;
■ tapestry needle, measuring tape, scissors
FINISHED DIMENSIONS AND GAUGE
■ One link of the chain before seaming: 6¼/16cm long and 1¾”/4.5cm tall
■ 4”/10cm = 20 stitches and 25 rows in stockinette stitch
Two methods to make the chain links are described: working each piece flat in rows then seaming its ends together, or working each ring in rounds on double-pointed needles without seams. In this tutorial, I’ll describe the 1st method. In the 2nd part, I’ll describe the 2nd method.
The purl side is the right side (RS) of work, the knit side is the wrong side.
k – knit
p – purl
st(s) – stitch(es)
rnd(s) – round(s)
sl1p – slip one stitch purlwise
RS – right side
With long tail method, cast on 32 sts. Work as follows:
Row 1 (RS) sl1p, p to last st, k1.
Row 2 sl1p, k to end.
Repeat Rows 1-2 4 more times (for the total count of 10 rows).
If you have lost the count of rows and find it difficult to read your knitting, this is how you count:
When your 10 rows are completed, with RS facing, bind off purlwise tightly.
Cut yarn leaving a tail about 5”/12cm long, fasten off. With RS facing, sew the short ends together.
Weave in all other loose ends. Stretch the closed loop in your fingers to make it curl and shape it as desired.
Your first ring is completed!!!
Make the next ring in the same manner, but before sewing, draw its end through the previous ring and close the current ring by sewing its ends together as described.
Add as many rings as you wish in the same manner to make your chain the desired length.
And enjoy your chain!
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