Saturday, April 2, 2011

mission: DIY missoni necklace

Missoni crochet-knit necklace

Fact: Missoni is, hands down, a great designer.  
The maison's garments are a perfect blend of colors, textures and intricate patterns. All of the above could be a taki taki mixture if you just screw up one or the other.
So, bravo Missoni, indeed.

I was browsing the net-a-porter website and stumble on this necklace. Pretty, uh? Yes, so the 280$ price tag...

--> Supplies :

* my little toy, the spool knitter and its tapestry needle (Caron Embellish-Knit! Machine Kit)
* masking tape
* a short piece of chain
* the glue gun 


--> the Missoni necklace how-to / tutorial:

* knit 4 cords of about 18" each (let's say each one 3/4" longer than the other) 
* with the tapestry needle, bind off the 4 stitches of the cords and weave the tail in.
* also weave the other side of the tail in.

* grab your masking tape and stick it around the cords making stripes about 1/4" smaller than the size of your masking tape
* get your blue paint (I decided to go more on navy blue than this kind of indigo-purple-ish color) and start painting the cord by dabbing the paintbrush into the knit
* let it dry... don't be in a hurry, it's not worth to mess it up!


* remove the masking tape
* and start making some other stripes with the masking tape, sticking the tape over the blue lines and giving about 1/8" on each side of extra coverage.
* mix some white and blue until you get to the shade of lighter color of your choice.
* paint the new set of stripes

* remove the masking tape


* plug your glue gun 
* glue the tip of your cords and put them into the end caps
*... yes let it dry (and cool off)
* slide the four cords into the splitrings on both sides
* slide in one side the big clasp
* and in the other a piece of chain


Mission Missoni accomplished!

xox, d.

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