Introduction: Wire Crochet for Beginners
The YoolaTube necklace is a simple yet powerful tutorial
that can be implemented in many designs .
A base is created and the silver, gold or colored
YoolaTube is made from there. The preparation of the
necklace require the materials listed below along with
good hands and sharp vision. You are using a crochet
hook, but it’s more like spool knitting with an invisible
Finished size: 0.8" x 0.8"( 22X22mm ).
Step 1: Materials for Making Wire Crochet Tube
• 1 crochet hook - size 0.6mm or up to 1mm.
• 1 to 2g of 28 gauge (0.3mm) copper coated wire.
• 12g. 999 silver wire (pure silver) or
dead soft gold filled wire or copper wire.
• Wire cutter or small scissors .
• Jump rings.
• A draw plate
Step 2: General Tips When Working With Metal Wires:
Wire type - When wire crocheting with wire it is important to pick the right materials. Make sure to pick
dead soft wire. It looks almost the same as regular wire but the ability to crochet with it is very
Wire Gauge - Wire projects are often made with higher values. The lowest I use is 28 gauge
(0.3mm). The higher the number, the thinner the wire; the more flexible it is and the jewel will be
Wire temperature - Keep in mind that metal changes its flexibility and softens with temperature.
Enable the wire to warm up a bit before you start crocheting, do a little project before starting the work
on the actual piece.
Stretching the wire - Another tip to keep in mind is that metal hardens when stretched. Be aware of
it and don’t put too much tension into the wire. Always prefer techniques in which you don’t have to
roll the wire around your finger and keep the wire in tension as you do when crocheting with yarn or
Wire remembers... - Metal has memory, so if you bend it or wrap it, it will remember and will tend to
get back into that form.
Hook type – It’s important to pick a good crochet hook that won’t get worn out too fast. The wire may leave its marks and the hook will not be as smooth as it was when you started working with it. It’s not
enjoyable to work with such a hook, it squeak and gets stuck :-)
Edges - When working with metal wires the edges can be a big “thumbs down” to the finished piece if
not handled properly. First of all, make sure to wrap it 2 to 3 times in a hidden place before cutting the
wires; then I recommend to cut the wire by “tiring” it and not by cutting it with scissors. It is done by
moving the wire in circles rapidly until it breaks. This way the edges are much softer and the wire is
much less noticeable.
Crocheting with metal wires is awesome!
Step 3: The Invisible Spool Knitting Wire Crochet Technique
People often ask me about the technique I use. Is it crochet? Is it knitting? What instrument do I use?
How come my loops are so even?
I of course could not explain it with words only. I have described some of my items as knitted; some
as crocheted. No matter what title I use, someone will indicate it’s the wrong term...
Some people say that because I use a crochet hook it should be called crochet, others say that
although I use a crochet hook the results imply that it should be called knitting.
I keep apologizing that I'm not a native English speaker, as if it isn't obvious.... and that maybe they
are right. To be honest it would have been easier in my mother tongue - Hebrew - in which you use
the same verb for both techniques (= SRIGA).
But I have put this behind since one of my discussion on this issue with a very experienced lady, both
with crochet and with knitting, during which we came to term that I was actually working on an
I immediately fell in love with this term and decided to adopt it. I wondered how it will be accepted.
I hope it will be clear that it is NOT real spool knitting (personally I don't really like spools, especially
Step 4: General Remarks Before You Start:
1. Since this technique is different from classic crochet, try to put aside what you know before
following the instructions literally.
2. The stitches are left open during the work.
3. The work is done in spirals, moving in counter clockwise direction (= to the right )
4. It is strongly recommended to avoid wrapping the wire around the finger or holding it at all, it is
best let loose until pulled into a stitch.
5. Keep the hook moving straight, don’t twist the hook in order to catch the wire, find the angle in
which you can pull it without twisting.
6. The stitch is pulled from the center to outside through the loop.
7. It is recommended to push the hook up until its neck when creating a new stitch, this will
ensure your stitches to be round and even.
8. Practice plays an important role...It may take a while for your hands to get used to the
movement and start producing nice and even work.
I suggest coming back to this section after having read the whole tutorial.
Step 5: The Invisible Spool Knitting
Use colored copper wire in a contrast color to the one you will be making the
Hold the ISK starter, the wire and the crochet hook as shown in the first image
below. Hold the ring with your left hand fingers; place the wire outside the ring
leaving a short tail.
Insert the hook into one of the ISK holes and pull the wire from the center to the
outside through the hole. Push the hook through the new stitch on top of the ISK
"top" in order to form its shape.
Take out the hook and slightly fold the new stitch so it stays vertically positioned.
Continue to the hole to the right and repeat the same action. Make sure to hold
the new loop with your left hand fingers so it doesn’t slip open while creating the
Continue creating loops through the original 12
holes in your ISK starter until you have gone
around the circle approximately 6 times.
Step 7: Going Up to the Second Row
Step 8: After a Few Rows
Step 9: Step 4:
Switch to the color you will be using for the YoolaTube Wire crochet Necklace
itself, leave a tail of 8" (20cm) and create invisible spool stitches until you have made approximately 145 rows.
The rows will build up like a spiral, one on top of the other.
When you have reached the length you want,
Leave another 8” (20cm) tail and cut the wire from the spool.
You will end up with a thick and rather hard tube.
Determining the length of the tube for the final piece is a bit tricky and may differ according to the tension of your work, you can always continue working if it’s not long enough.
Step 11: Step 5: Release the Necklace
In order to release the necklace from the base, snip carefully
the last color row you used for the base.
Use the crochet hook to gently release the cut ends.
Step 12: Step 6: Narrowing Down One End
In order to create the
necklace ends, we will narrow down the stitches from 12 to 2.
Insert the crochet hook into 2 loops instead of just one, catch the wire over the hook and pull it through both loops, decreasing 2 loops into one.
Continue to the right and repeat the same reduction going around until you are left with 2 stitches.
Step 14: Wrap the Wire Around Both Stitches to Create a Nice Loop to Connect the Necklace Clasp To, Cut the Wire Short.
Step 15: Step 7: Adjusting the Tube Necklace – or What I Call "the Magic"…..
the finished end into the largest hole in your draw plate (normally 0.6 inch or 15mm) , pull your tube through this hole by using your crochet hook.
Make sure to pull the tube perpendicular to the draw plate .
After the tube goes through this hole , repeat it using a smaller hole,
You can continue gradually narrowing down the tube diameter until you reach the diameter you want.
Step 16: Step 8: Finishing the Other End
Measure your necklace to find if its in the desired length, if its too short you can continue crocheting .
If its too long you can release a few rows .
Once you reach the desired length , finish the end as you did on step 6.
Remark : if you run out of wire and need to start a new reel ,
Take the new wire and the old one and create 2 stitches with both wires as if they were one. Continue working around with the new wire, once you pass thee 2 stitches with both wires cut the wire short from the inner side of the tube.
Step 17: Step 9 : Assemble the Clasp
You can use any kind of clasp to finish the necklace; I always
add a small chain to the loop side for easier adjustment when it is out on.
Step 18: Congratulations!
You are now the owner of an original YooLa design, a beautiful
Step 19: Summery
This tutorial also has a video version if you prefer a more on
hand explanation :
in the full video version you will also find 6 variations for the YoolaTube necklace.
About the author: Yael Falk (aka Yoola)
is an industrial designer who is crazy about wire
knitting. Over the years she has created many
interesting designs; small and big, using this
unique wire crochet technique.
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