Irish Autumn: Celtic collar crafting

Whilst everybody else is getting started with their Christmas decorations, I am not yet finished with my Irish Autumn series. But the calendar still displays November, which I count as autumn, so it’s okay. I actually created this blog as an “arty” outlet of sorts, but it became a bit book-heavy lately. This will be changed now. Because here is a DIY, woop woop. I found this tutorial on how to craft a fancy-looking necklace/collar that is made out of cord:

The collar has a celtic pattern which makes it the perfect craft project for this little series of mine. So let’s do this.


What you need:

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– the pattern drawn or printed on a sheet of paper
– your cord (I needed almost 5 meters for two iterations)
– pins
– scissors
– something to stick the needles into, e.g. a polystyrene block


How you do it:

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Use some pins to stick the paper with the pattern on it onto the polystyrene block. Start pinning the cord to one of the ends of the pattern, leave approximately 30 cm of cord to put it around your neck later on. Then simply follow the course of the template and keep sticking the cord to it in regular intervals (be sure to pin in between the crossings, not on them).

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When the cord arrives at a crossing, consult the template to know whether to go over or under the existing string.

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The threading of the cord under the already laid-out construct gets more and more fiddly.

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Halfway done. Keep threading…

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…until the whole template is covered once. Remove the pins and thread in a second cord by exactly following the course of the first one.

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I was happy with the outcome, but if you use a thinner kind of string, you may need more than two iterations (my cord was 4 mm thick).

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You can probably leave the collar loose as it is, but if you want it more dense, just pull everything a little closer together (this gets even more fiddly).

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Now you can either buy and attach a metal clasp to the ends of the collar or simply knot them together. Et voilà, the finished product! Hope you like.



  1. This is really cool! I’d try this immediately – there’s more than one person in my group of friends who’d really appreciate this as a gift – but I’m afraid I’m not patient enough. I’d probably go insane with all that complicated threading!
    And: VERY nice photography! =)

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    1. Haha, it’s a bit fiddly, yes, but it works really nicely once you get the hang of it. Thank you very much! 🙂


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