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Free Pattern Friday - 1940s 'Oddments' Necklace


Free Pattern Friday - 1940s 'Oddments' Necklace

Theodora Goes Wild

I thought I would save this pattern for Christmas, even though it is not terribly festive. It's a crocheted necklace, a quick and simple design, ideal for a beginner.

This necklace was inspired by a pattern originally published in a wartime Woman’s Weekly magazine. I actually saw it as a reprint in

A Vintage View

, Issue 4 (from 1940 - 1950).

Only a snippet of the pattern was shown, so I filled in the gaps. I love the way even tiny amounts of wool were used up in the war against waste.

I have written up my revised pattern, which is available as a free PDF

download here


The original pattern suggests working three chains in four 'vivid' colours, so you end up with 12 chains.

I did a few versions in different weight yarns - one in d.k acrylic, one in 4 ply cotton, and one in 3 ply wool.  

The 3 ply wool one I did to match my

Such A Debonair Little Jumper

. I used the yarn from that (alpaca), some vintage aqua 3 ply, some 3 ply in a darker pink, and a dark brown from the

Handweavers Studio

. I worked three chains in each colour.

The two above are both made in d.k. acrylic, (excuse the phone pics).

I used only 3 colours, as it turned out chunky enough for me.

I would make them slightly longer next time.

Above is a nautical one, in 4 ply cotton, (sorry, it is a bit blurry, but you get the idea), with my

Beret for Everyday

. I would work more chains for this one if I did it again, but I quite like that it is delicate.

You can get this necklace pattern for free



I hope you have fun making it.