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Knitting with Beads - Easy Cuff Bracelet


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How can you incorporate sparkle and add dimension to knitting? Knitted fabric is usually flat, and the word 'bling' does not come up very often to describe it. I have taught myself many craft techniques through the years, but knitting with beads was different. It didn't come easily. It took a long time. There were supporting techniques that had to be figured out. And there was a deadline - I had to teach a workshop in knitting with beads - and that deadline was fast approaching. For anyone who has thought about learning to knit with beads, the Knitting with Beads - Cuff Bracelet is a combination pattern and tutorial. Time to take those first steps into a technique that can quickly become addictive, and add a touch of bling to your knitting. KNIT ON! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY cast on and off knit (garter stitch) yarn over knit 2 together GAUGE not critical for this project SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Approximately 1 1/2" x 7 3/4" (4 cm x 20 cm)

Supplies Needed

  • 500+ size 6 seed beads
  • 1 skein Paton's Grace
  • 1 button - approximately 5/16 inch - 1 cm

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My mom and grandma instilled in me a love for making things. I remember learning to knit from my mother when I was about 7. I made the most awful slippers imaginable - misshapen and ugly, but I wore them until they were no longer wearable. Those ladies taught me so much more than crafts, even as they were using crafts as examples. Do your best. Finish what you start. Take pride in what you do. Don't waste what you have. I've been making 'stuff' ever since, and feel that I honor them by continuing the traditions of hand-crafting. I did get better at making 'stuff' as I grew up, and never forgot the lessons or those ridiculous slippers. My suggestion: whatever else you do, go to your knitting bag and make stuff!