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Simple Torc (R3)

simple torc with ball and loop fastening

This elegant torc looks best knitted on small needles in fine, good quality yarn. It has a simple ball & loop fastening and, like most knitted jewellery, wearing it keeps you surprisingly warm.

A printable version of this pattern is available.

You will need:

  • yarn (sock wool or 4ply)
  • toy stuffing
  • poking device
  • 4 x double ended knitting needles (2mm)
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors


(A list of abbreviations is available.)

Cast on 2 stitches and work 6cm i-cord. Do not cast off, row 1 is worked on the two stitches at the end of the i-cord.

  1. Round 1: kfbf x 2 (6)

Separate these 6 stitches onto three needles and work in the round as follows.

  • Knit 8 rounds (6)
  • kfb, k – (7)
  • Poke a little stuffing into the tube.
  • Knit 6 rounds
  • k to last st, kfb (8)
  • Add stuffing

Repeat this first set of bullet points eight more times (24).

  • Knit 8 rounds (24)
  • k2togtbl, k – (23)
  • Add stuffing
  • Knit 6 rounds
  • k to last 2 sts, k2tog (22)
  • Add stuffing

Repeat second set of bullet points eight more times (6).

  • Knit 8 rounds

Check that the body of the torc is completely stuffed before working the next set of instructions.

  • k2tog, [s1, k1] x 2 (5)
  • [kfb] x 5 (10)
  • k –
  • [kfb, k1] x 5 (15)
  • k –
  • [kfb, k2] x 5 (20)
  • k –
  • k –
  • k –
  • k –
  • [k2, k2tog] x 5 (15)
  • k –
  • [k1, k2tog] x 5 (10)
  • k –

Stuff firmly. Cut the yarn, thread through remaining stitches and pull tight.

Making Up:

Sew the i-cord into a loop. Make sure the ends are fixed securely because this loop is going to be stretched and pulled whenever torc is fastened. Hide the remaining loose ends inside the body of the necklace.

Diagram showing how ball and loop fastening should look when complete.

The fastening works by passing the ball at one end through the loop at the other.


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!