I’m in love with costume jewelry. My current crush in this area would be oversize chain link necklaces, like this one by Michael Kors. I did my own little twist on this trend by creating my own yarn-wrapped hoops. I made them out of shower curtain rings, which are super cheap and great for the project because they open and lock closed, allowing you to wear them in a million different ways.
What you need:
- a pack of shower curtain rings. Smooth rings (no ridges or texture) work best.
- ribbon or silk scarf (optional)
You can use any kind of yarn you want for this. I chose to use a soft cotton variegated yarn (I think it was intended for knitting a baby blanket) because A) I like the cool stripes it created; B) It was lying around my apartment and I was never going to use it for anything else.
- To wrap the hoops, all you need to do is cast the yarn on as if the hoop were a knitting needle. It’s important to do this instead of just winding the yarn around the hoop because it is more secure. If you don’t know how to cast on, no fear! Here’s a quick demo I made that shows you how to cast yarn onto a needle.
- To cast on the hoop, make sure to use the “female” side of the ring as the point of the needle, because it’s smoother, therefore easier to slip the yarn over.
- Do this all the way around the hoop. Keep sliding your work down the ring as you go, until the whole thing is covered. I left a really long tail (a few feet) since I had to cast on a zillion stitches with this thin yarn. If you run out, simply tie more string onto the short tail and keep casting on. No one will be able to see it, and my lips are sealed.
- Tie off the string when you finish and snip with a scissors.
- There will be a knotty seam on the hoop. You can keep this on the outside for a more textured look or spin it to the inside.
- Repeat this on as many rings as you desire/can handle. I made mine over a few days as to prevent my hand from cramping up permanently.
There are so many ways to wear these! Here are some of my ideas:
Chain link necklace
If you have plugs you can slip them on. For the rest of us, they have just the right size gap when the rings are open to wear as clip-ons! I was surprised at how light they were and how well they stayed on.
Ribbon necklace with hoop charms
I tied the long ribbon in a bow in the back for an extra somethin’ somethin’.
Ribbon chain link
Silk scarf chain link
I have tiny hands, and this was still really hard for me to slip on and off. If you can find larger rings, they would work better for this. I also found these easy yarn-wrapped bangles from craftstlyish.