I love this necklace and I love Sivia Harding! I am a member of the Atlanta Kniting Guild. Sivia was a Superstar workshop instructor for our Guild last month. One of her classes was the Moonrise Neckpiece. My necklace bead choice was Moonflowers. It is too beautiful! I could not be happier with the beads or the pattern. It is marvelous and I can't wait to do another!
Glenda – Glenda Brown
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A truly lovely and comfortable neckpiece, knit to match our Bead Stew bracelets. A glowing creation to enhance and embellish.
And for the first time, it's a collaboration between Sivia Harding and myself -- pretty amazing especially considering that there is an entire continent between us. Ah, the wonders of cyber-space....
Sivia was inspired by the Moonrise on Neptune Bead Stew bracelet she knit from our kit. She wanted to make a necklace to match -- and had a few ideas of her own. And when Sivia has a few ideas of her own, they grow and expand into something pretty darn phenomenol.
So here is the Moonrise Neckpiece -- available in a vast array of colorways, not "just" the Moonrise mix.
Here is how she started out:
"... I really wanted an exact match to the densely beaded look of the bracelet. So here is what I did... I made my neckpiece sideways, exactly like the bracelet, and with the same number of cast on stitches..."
Basically it took off from there, and with the magical use of short rows, Sivia created a neckpiece which forms a true circle around one's neck.
A note on the thread: I did the design using the Silk Serica and, using just one 10 yard spool, the portion of the neckpiece that I made ended up just over 10 inches long. This used up about 23 grams of beads. So this kit (with at least double that amount of thread) will allow you to make at least a 20 inch neckpiece, well large enough for your needs and probably with a bit left over. You will be knitting until the piece fits your own neck comfortably.
On Sivia's suggestion, we are going to fill all of these kits using silk thread unless you specify differently. The Tapestry Braid is a metallic polyester braid and comes in a large range of colors. It is definitely not as nice next to the skin as the silk but it softens with use and keeps its shape very well. For a metallic look, like gold or silver, there is no equal -- they look wonderful. If you would prefer the metallic look over the silk, let us know as you check out using the "Comments" section. Otherwise we will simply enclose the silk thread that looks best with the bead mix that is with your kit.
We are offering it here in kit form, including her pattern plus enough thread for a sizable necklace (either two spools of Silk Serica or Tapestry Braid [10 meters x 2 = 20 meters, about 22 yards], one larger spool of 20 meters or one skein of silk from Vineyard Silks [30 yards], plus at least 40 grams of a Bead Stew mix, plus a clasp to blend well with the colorway chosen.
The design is Sivia's, the bead mixes created by me. You will need knitting needles of size 0 (or the size to get the gauge which you find pleasing) which are not included in the kit but available from us in our "Needles and Hooks" section.
We are listing some colorways below in the drop-down menu, but feel free to request your own special color ideas as a Custom kit -- just let us know via the "Comments" section as you check out. The majority of these colorways are designed to match the Bead Stew Bracelets and are described in more detail on their web pages (you can see them [and a few more] by following the link below).
We are playing around with various clasps for this and have a number that we feel are right. Let us choose for you for now one to look good with the colorway you've chosen. At this point, it might be sterling silver, or perhaps a lead-free pewter with a gold tone, sometimes a lobster spring clasp or maybe a magnetic clasp. If you have a particular preference one way or another, let us know via the "Comments" section as you check out.
Tremendous fun and truly gorgeous.