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Knitting With Beads

with Laura Nelkin
Knitting With Beads
Add sparkle and shine to your lace! Laura Nelkin shows you how easy and rewarding it is to incorporate beads into your knitting projects.
Beads add color and flair to knitted garments, accessories and jewelry. Laura's back to show you how easy and rewarding it is to incorporate beads into any knitted project. Begin with a simple cuff, then progress to Laura's Accola shawl. You'll learn how to select the right beads and add them to any design. She demonstrates on her popular Clarus shawl pattern. Along the way, you'll learn how to create nupps, place beads in different locations on or between stitches, and work in both lace-weight and fingering-weight yarn. The two shawl patterns included free with this class can be worked in either type of yarn, and in small or large versions.
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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Laura Nelkin is back with a wonderful addition to your knitting: Beads! You'll take a look at the three projects you'll make in this class and learn about the Craftsy platform.


Lesson 2. Techniques

  • Get help choosing the best beads and yarn for your projects. Then learn three techniques for placing beads. You'll be introduced to nupps and how to fix mistakes.


Lesson 3. Pioneer Cuff Part 1

  • Learn to knit a fashionable cuff bracelet! Practice your new bead knitting skills as you begin this small project.


Lesson 4. Pioneer Cuff Part 2

  • In this lesson, you'll finish the Pioneer Cuff, changing it from a flat piece of knitting into a bracelet. Bind off, block and add clasps to your cuff.


Lesson 5. Accola Shawl 1

  • Learn the basics of choosing yarn and beads, and work up a swatch, which is an important element of any lace project. Laura designed the Accola shawl just for this class.


Lesson 6. Accola Shawl 2

  • Now that you have the basics down, begin knitting the Accola. Follow along with Laura row by row as the lace pattern develops. Complete lace charts are included.


Lesson 7. Accola Shawl 3

  • Create the border and learn to shape the shawl's center panel. Laura shares tips on how to keep track of your place in the pattern and how to pick up stitches.


Lesson 8. Accola Shawl 4

  • Time to unzip your provisional cast-on and add the top edging and other finishing touches. Laura also reviews blocking, an important step in any lace project.


Lesson 9. Clarus Shawl With Beads

  • The lovely Clarus shawl is a familiar favorite to Laura's students in Mastering Lace Shawls. You'll learn how to add beads to this included pattern.


Lesson 10. Bonus: Adding Beads to Other Patterns

  • Once you know how to knit with beads, you'll want to add beaded touches to your other projects. Laura demonstrates on the feather-and-fan and leaf stitch patterns.

I took this class to add an extra element into my knitting and found out that it was so much more! The class is great, the patterns are beautiful, and the teacher is wonderful! Not only is Laura Nelkin full of knitterly wisdom, but she freely shares it with those in the class. Hints and tips that are very helpful are sprinkled throughout the lessons.
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