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Knitted Paper-Chain (F1)

knitted paper-chain

Knitted paper-chains are good for using up the littlest bits of leftover yarn. Unlike their traditional paper counterparts they can be packed away at the end of the party, or worn as a festive scarf. Best of all, they couldn't be easier to knit!

A printable version of this pattern is available.

You will need:

  • yarn leftovers (double knit)
  • knitting needles (3mm)
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

Pattern (for each link):

  1. Cast on 30.
  2. Knit 6 rows.
  3. Cast off.

Making Up:

Bend the knitting into a loop and sew the ends together. Work the loose ends of yarn into the reverse side of the fabric and trim neatly. This is the first link in your chain.

Take your next piece of knitting and poke it through the previous link. Bend it into a loop and sew up as for the first.

Diagram showing the first three links in a chain.

Keep adding links until your knitted paper-chain is finished.


Hiding the Seams

If (like me) your seams are a little bit scruffy and you would like to keep them out of sight try this simple trick.

Step 1

Sew up two links as normal - but don't trim the loose yarn from the second link.

Step 2

Turn the two links so that their seams touch.

Diagram showing how to position the seams of the links.

Step 3

Work the loose ends back and forth through the knitting. On each pass pick up a couple of stitches from each link, fixing the two together.

Diagram showing how to fix the links together.

Step 4

Repeat so that the links of the chain are sewn together in pairs. This way the seams are only visible on the inside of the link and the chain is still flexible enough to hang well.

Diagram showing where each links seams are positioned in a chain.

Needle/Yarn Size

As with most ODDknit patterns the yarn and needle sizes in the "you will need" section are just a guide. Feel free to improvise with whatever needles and yarn you have lying around - that's half the fun!