How to Make a Trellis Necklace

    by Katelyn Kelley

    About the Author

    Katelyn Kelley worked in information technology as a computing and communications consultant and web manager for 15 years before becoming a freelance writer in 2003. She specializes in instructional and technical writing in the areas of computers, gaming and crafts. Kelley holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and computer science from Boston College.


    A trellis necklace is a multi-strand necklace crocheted using a novelty yarn that combines ribbon and thread in a colorful ladder pattern. You can find it under other names at retailers and online stores and at auction sites from second hand sellers. You can also use another ribbon yarn with similar qualities. Creating the necklace is uncomplicated and involves the crochet chain stitch only, making it a good first project for crochet novices and teenagers who want to learn to crochet.

    Things You'll Need

    • 1 ball trellis or comparable ribbon ladder yarn
    • Crochet hook size K
    • Ruler
    • Scissors

    Leaving a 12-inch tail of trellis yarn, create a chain stitch on a crochet hook by looping the yarn over the hook, making a circle of the yarn, and pulling the hooked yarn through the circle.

    Make additional chain stitches with the trellis yarn by looping the yarn over your hook once and pulling it through the loop already on the hook.

    Continue with the chain until the strand is the 14 inches long, then cut the yarn with scissors, leaving a 12-inch tail of yarn.

    Repeat the previous steps to make four more crochet trellis strands that have a 12-inch yarn tail on each end of the strand. If you vary the length of the crocheted strands, you can created a tiered multi-strand necklace where the strands get shorter the closer they are to your neck.

    Tie the tail ends of the necklace together, leaving them long enough to slide the completed necklace over your head.

    • If you prefer to use a jewelry clasp, use a pair of pliers to twist open two jump rings to attach them to the metal loops on the jewelry clasp halves and knot the tail ends of the yarn on the jump rings.
    • Do not chain tightly, or the beauty of the trellis yarn will be distorted.