Learn to Knit a Simply Lovely Beaded Lace Braceletcomments (7) May 28th, 2009
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.
- 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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