Beaded Pythons

Project Description

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. 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.

What you will need

  • Sock weight yarn; 8-0 seed beads; wood beads

Q&A with clintonk

Betsy Hershberg asked:
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!
clintonk answered:
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!

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