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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  1. You did an amazing job. Your attention to detail is flawless.

  2. This is SO gorgeous! You are very talented! WOW! I'm visiting from Debbies'! ♥

  3. What a great necklace inspired by a great necklace.

  4. Really neat looking! Visiting from Debbies.

  5. very creative i love diy Hi my name is Monzie,...please feel free to check out my blog.. and if you like my blog id love you to follow.


  6. hiya , what a great job hard to tell the difference other than the price ! tfs

  7. wooo! thanks girls! what a treat to get up in the morning and find so many wonderful comments... thanks!!

  8. That looks great! As good as the "real deal".

  9. you have patience!! Came out great!

  10. thanks! patience or ocd? dilemma dilemma....

  11. Very clever - I bet it's a very soft necklace, too. Well done!

  12. Thank you! it's soft, I'm thinking to make a "winter version" which will double as a neck warmer! :)

  13. What a great idea... I wouldn't have ever thought to do that... not in a million years.
    I'm following you from Tutorial Tuesday.
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  14. I don't have the jewelry hardware to make this, but I could just make a really, really long cord, tie the ends together and just drape and twist until I have several layers on. Very cool!

  15. You can definitely make it this way!

  16. I saw this on I Spy DiY.
    This is absolutely amazing! LOVE it.

  17. WOWza seriously this is impressive!! I am a little obsessed with diy jewelry.


    Delighted Momma

  18. I just found your gorgeous necklace with excellent how-to directions. Question--does the necklace "bleed" with the fabric paint onto your skin or garment? any experience with the fabric paint on this? thanks for any info on this.


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