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Beaded Pythons

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Assorted Beaded Pythons

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Brilliant Knit Beads taught by Betsy Hershberg

Author and self-described "left-brained knitter" Betsy Hershberg shows you how to knit unique jewelry pieces from glittering seed beads and delicious yarns.

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Category Knitting
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Funky, Casual
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What materials did you use? Sock weight yarn; 8-0 seed beads; wood beads

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What are you most proud of? Graduated size wood beads, took a few tries to figure out how to transition from small to larger beads -ie how many stitches should be in the waist between beads. When between a small and larger bead, it looks best if the waist is half the number of stitches of the larger bead, not the smaller bead. Also the i-cord loop closure worked out well - was easier for me than other types of fastners. I did this a little differently than on the Christmas decorations (see my other post). What I did here was when I came to the end of the python, I split the round of 6 into two needles and did a 3st i-cord from each - only 5-6 rounds. Then I joined them back together again and did 2 rounds of 6st, then decreased, then without casting off, cut the yarn and threaded it through the remaining stitches and snugged them down. Depending on the size bead you put in the other end of the python you may need longer or shorter i-cord loops.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't need to thread any beads on the yarn until you are at the point where you are going to start beading the python. Don't hesitate to break your yarn, thread seed beads and then join again.

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These look great--I love the bead patterns you selected. I really need to make one of these after the holiday gift making subsides.

12/03/2012 Flag

I second knitofrage's comment. Look closely at the individual balls everyone - so many patterns of bead placement, employing different techniques with both the knit and purl side showing. Zig-zags, spirals, staggered placements and MY personal favorite: second string from the top, the beaded purl INSET in an otherwise knit-side out bead. Masterful!

12/03/2012 Flag

Thanks for noticing that bead - it's doesn't fully show up in the photos. It's actually a mini cable cross over, K2P2, with the beads placed in the center. Works well as where the K stitches cross over, it tightens the knitting, right at the point when you want it to shape over the wooden bead!

12/03/2012 Flag

But it appears as if you still also did the decreases in order to narrow the tube for the transition between the beads. Is that right. I just love this little idea. Such a great "what if?..."

12/05/2012 Flag

Fabulous pieces, I don't know where to look first, the colours or the bead placements within the patterns. Masterful. It is summer here, and I have just returned from Nepal but when I get back to normal, I must make some more of these. Thank you for sharing these, they are fantastic.

12/09/2012 Flag

Wonderful! You did a great job!

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