Learn to Knit a Simply Lovely Beaded Lace Bracelet

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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This delicate lace bracelet makes a perfect summer gift.
Silk, crystals, and pearls are a lovely combination.
When you are stringing on your beads, string them in the reverse order you will be knitting them in.
This delicate lace bracelet makes a perfect summer gift.

This delicate lace bracelet makes a perfect summer gift.

Photo: Tina Hilton

This easy, four-row pattern repeat is perfect for the lace novice with the bonus of knitted-in bling. Who can resist the combination of silk and crystals? If simple is more your style, substitute the silk with DMC Perle cotton and use matte beads. Either way, you will be delighted with the outcome.


Silk, crystals, and pearls are a lovely combination.

Supplies:

  • 18 yards Tilli Tomas Voile de la Mer 70% silk, 30% seaweed
  • Beads: Swarovski crystals 4mm (4 crystal clear [a], 3 pink [b]); glass pearls (8 white 2.5mm [c], 6 pink 3mm [d]); 2 pink pearls for button closures. Note: I have identified the beads a, b, c, and d to streamline the knitting instructions.
  • Beading needle
  • Knitting needles size 2

Abbreviations:
k: knit
p: pearl
k2tog: knit two together
yf: yarn forward (Info: Doing a yf, a.k.a. yo [yarn over], is a simple way to increase the number of stitches and makes a hole in the knitting for a lacy effect. Bring the yarn forward between the needles and insert the right needle as if to knit, bring yarn to the back, and knit as normal.)
tbl: through the back loop
w: with
rs: right side

Step by Step:
Thread the beading needle and string the beads in the following sequence: 2 of (c), 1 of (a), 2 of (d), 1 of (b)* Repeat this sequence six times for a total of seven sequences.


When you are stringing on your beads, string them in the reverse order you will be knitting them in.

Cast on 15 stitches, leaving a 6-inch tail.
K 1 row.
P 1 row.

Begin the lace pattern:
Row 1 (rs): k3, p1, k1, k2tog, yf, k1, yf, k2tog tbl, k1, p1, k3.             
Row 2 and all even rows: p3, k1, p7, k1, p3.
Row 3: k3, p1, k2tog, yf, k3, yf, k2tog tbl, p1, k3.
Row 4: p3, k1, p7, k1, p3.


The lace pattern will appear after your first four-row repeat.

 


Tip: When you are ready to knit with the bead, pull the bead up close to the needle.

 


To knit with the bead, insert the tip of the  needle into the stitch to be knit, and pop the bead through the front of the stitch as you finish the knit stitch.

Row 5: k3, p1, k1 w(c), k2tog, yf, k1, yf, k2tog tbl, k1 w(c), p1, k3.
Row 6: p3, k1, p7, k1, p3.
Row 7: k3, p1, k2tog, yf, k1, k1 w (a), k1, yf, k2tog tbl, p1, k3.
Row 8: p3, k1, p7, k1, p3.

Rows 9–12: repeat rows 1–4.

Row 13: k3, p1, k1 w(d), k2tog, yf, k1, yf, k2tog tbl, k1 w(d), p1, k3.
Row 14: p3, k1, p7, k1, p3.
Row 15: k3, p1, k2tog, yf, k1, k1 w (b), k1, yf, k2tog tbl, p1, k3.
Row 16: p3, k1, p7, k1, p3.



Repeat rows 1–16, 2 more times.

Work rows 1–8.
K 1 row.
P 1 row.

Eyelet buttonhole row: k4 yf, k2tog, k3, yf, k2 tog tbl, k4.

P 1 row.
Bind off all stitches and leave a 6-inch tail.


Yikes! My eyelet buttonhole is too big!

Finishing
If the buttonhole is too loose for your bead closure, thread the bind-off tail and weave the yarn loosely to the buttonhole and take a small stitch. Weave the yarn to the other buttonhole and take a small stitch.


You could sew the buttonhole or use a bigger closure!

Weave in the end.

Sew the bead closure on with the cast-on tail and weave in the ends.

Block the bracelet by steaming it gently to shape with a steam iron. Position the iron just above the bracelet. Do not place the iron directly on the bracelet. Let dry completely.

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Comments (7)

EchoLin writes: beautiful bracelet, i want to have one.
Posted: 3:44 am on April 17th
DueDrop writes: I knitted a bead-less version of this today after college. =) Your instructions were very clear and I love this pattern. This was the first lace I ever attempted to knit and I'm really happy with it. ^^ Instead of the eyelets, I finished it off with a horizontal buttonhole and a big flat button and it looks awesome! =D

Once again, I love the lace. <3
Posted: 8:14 am on July 27th
sb1961 writes: Very pretty!
Posted: 5:55 pm on July 10th
rainbowscuba writes: Oh, I will have to try this one for my girls and myself. They will love it. Thanks.
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Posted: 11:52 pm on August 4th
trusk4u writes: I think I am going to give this a try. Doesn't seem to be too complicated.
Posted: 11:42 am on August 4th
alexturner writes: I'm glad to know that this is "easy" because for me it is impossible. Dianna
Posted: 8:07 pm on May 31st
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