A couple of recent Finished Objects have been carried away on the sleigh and delivered and now can be revealed to a waiting world!
The black one was made with Katia Gatsby yarn, a fingering weight synthetic chain with a little strand of gold. Beads were added to the smaller strand by threading them on a linen thread that was knitted in with a bead every 6 stitches, advanced 1 st every round to get the spiral effect. Had to use the thread because the dang beads didn't fit on the yarn!
The beads did fit on the Dream In Color Starry in Visual Purple. The yarn is really magic-looking--merino sock yarn with a tiny real silver fiber running through that glints like, yes, stars in a purple sky without being blingingly overwhelming. Beads knitted in here at random, with more on the inner strand than the outer.
You may have to click on the photo to embiggen it and see the matching earrings hooked into the top. After I got the necklaces knitted and tried them on, I could see that they needed matching earrings to look cooler than "some dumb loops of knitting that a knitter made for me." I cast on 8 stitches, knit a bead in between each stitch, cast off, and used the tails to tie them up in loops. Tiny dot of glue on the knot, clip the tails, and put them on wires.
One of the recipients missed the earrings entirely until I spoke to her on the phone. "Oh, wonderful! I wondered why it was so scratchy on the back of my neck!"
This whole multi-loops thing could be developed in a lot of interesting ways. I can imagine a lot of same-size loops as a cowl/scarf. What could you do with/without different colors, different yarns, charms, doughnut beads, feathers, big gauge, felting.......
Update: I found the pattern! And it's a free download from Ravelry! It's Kirsten Johnstone's sev[en] circle.