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Simply Socks Yarn Company

Not the car. The girl.

Chevette is a somehow tough-but-vulnerable bike messenger created by the novelist William Gibson. She would look adorably blunt in this girly necklace.

The necklace would do just as well with a t-shirt as it would with a flowing summer dress. Its strap is knitted in a simple, geometric eyelet pattern that complements the rounded flowers and flowing stems and leaves.

It can be made to any length you need. Two vintage buttons hold it closed. The “corsage” is sewn into one removable piece, so the style can change to super simple at a moment’s notice.

model: Stevanie Pico photos: Larissa Brown


Custom. Necklace shown fits a 13.5-inch neck.


Width: 1.5 inches
Length: To fit


ShibuiKnits Sock [100% superwash merino wool; 191 yd/175 m per 1.75 oz/50 g skein]; 1 skein each color
[MC] #402 Sand
[CCA] #7495 Wasabi
[CCB] #323 Peacock

Recommended needle size:
1 set US #2/2.75 mm double-point needles
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]

Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
Steam iron or clothing steamer (optional)
2 decorative buttons, 7/8 inch diameter
1 plain, flat button, 7/8 inch diameter


30 sts/46 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st
Row gauge is not critical for this project.


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here]

Yarn Notes
I highly recommend the listed yarn for this project because of its wonderful springiness, tight twist, and rich colors. However, if you decide to substitute, make sure you use a yarn with spring to it, not a fiber like 100% cotton that has less elasticity or may be heavy.
The pattern uses a very small amount of each color. The blossoms, for example, use approx. 8yd of CCA. You will have most of the yarn you purchase left over to make socks or another project, such as colorwork gloves.

Dvw (double vertical wrap): Bring yarn forward between needles, down front of work, and wrap under bottom of work. Bring yarn up at back of work and forward between needles again to wrap a second time, ending with yarn at back of work, ready to knit the next st. Be sure to knit next st snugly, to pull wraps tight.

SKP: Sl 1, k1, pass slipped st over st just knit.

S2KP: Slip next 2 sts together, knitwise, as if to work a k2tog. Knit next st, then pass both slipped sts together over st just knit. This forms a centered double decrease.

Lace Pattern (Worked over 10 sts):
Row 1 [RS]: K2, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, k3.
Rows 2, 4, 6 [WS]: K2, p6, k2.
Row 3 [RS]: K3, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, k2.
Row 5 [RS]: K4, yo, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, k1.
Repeat Rows 1-6 for Lace Pattern.

Using a double-point needle, CO required number of sts.
Next Row: Instead of turning work around to work back on the WS, slide all sts to other end of needle, switch needle back to your left hand, bring yarn around back of work, and start knitting the sts again. I-Cord is worked with the RS facing at all times.
Repeat this row to form I-cord. After a few rows, work will begin to form a tube.


Using MC, CO 10 sts.
K 2 rows.

Work in Lace Pattern until work measures approx. 1.5 inches less than neck circumference, ending with Row 6 of pattern.

K 2 rows. BO all sts.

Using CCA, CO 30 sts.

Rows 1, 3 [RS]: K all sts.

Rows 2, 4 [WS]: P all sts.

Row 5 [RS]: K3, dvw, [k6, dvw] to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 6 [WS]: [P2tog] 15 times. 15 sts.

Row 7 [RS]: [K2tog] 7 times, k1. 8 sts.

Row 8 [WS]: [P2tog] 4 times. 4 sts.

Row 9 [RS]: [K2tog] twice, pass first st on right needle over second st. 1 st.

Break yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Draw tail through remaining st and pull tight.

Use yarn tail to sew side edges of piece together, forming a round flower.

Using CCB and leaving a tail 4-6 inches long, CO 3 sts. Work I-Cord for 1 inch. Work last row of I-Cord as follows: [K1, m1] twice, k1. 5 sts. Turn work.

Odd-Numbered Rows 1-17 [WS]: P all sts.

Row 2 [RS]: K1, m1, k3, m1, k1. 7 sts.

Row 4 [RS]: [K1, m1, k2, m1] twice, k1. 11 sts.

Rows 6, 8 [RS]: K all sts.

Row 10 [RS]:  K2, SKP, k3, k2tog, k2. 9 sts.

Row 12 [RS]: K2, SKP, k1, k2tog, k2. 7 sts.

Row 14 [RS]: K2, S2KP, k2. 5 sts.

Row 16 [RS]: K1, S2KP, k1. 3 sts.

Row 18 [RS]: SK2P. Break yarn, draw through remaining st and pull tight.

Make a second vine and leaf in the same way, working 2 inches of I-Cord before beginning leaf.



Weave in ends on band.
Gently steam block or wet block band, so that lace pattern is opened up and desired band length (equal to neck circumference) is achieved.

Sew decorative buttons to one end of band, opposite holes formed by lace pattern at other end of band. (These holes will be used as buttonholes.)

Block flowers and leaves. Sew the two blossoms together to form a corsage, then sew vines to back of corsage, using photos as guides.

Weave in ends on corsage. Sew plain button to back of corsage. Button corsage to band at desired location, using a hole in the lace pattern as a buttonhole.



Besides knitting, Larissa likes to run, bake bread and cake, and ride on buses and trains with her little boy Sebastian who is 3 years old.

Together with her husband Martin John Brown, Larissa recently wrote a book called Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together. More about the book—and a link to Larissa’s regular knitting blog—can be found at