Thursday, May 12, 2011

Beaded Knitted Bracelet

For a bracelet 7" (approx. 18 cm) in circumference, 1/2" (1.4 cm) width:
Cotton or cotton blend yarn (I'm demonstrating YarnArt Jeans 55% cotton, 45% acrylic), 320 m / 100 g; 3-4 mm beads; 2 mm (US 0) size needles
Thread 5 x 25 beads = 125 beads.

Cast on (preferably crochet cast on) 51 stitches.

Place bead means slide the bead along the yarn closely next to the stitch on the right needle, which has been just purled or knitted.
PB = place bead
P = purl one stitch
K = knit one stitch
()* = repeat this sequence
For the first row of the bracelet:
P, (PB, P, P)* to the last stitch

Second row - knit
K, (PB, K, K)* to the last stitch
The beads appear always on the same RS (right) side of the bracelet and in a chess-board order.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 once more, then row 1 again, for a total of 5 rows.
Cast off on the WS knitwise. Cut the yarn, leaving 8" (20 cm) for sewing.

Connect the edges with mattress stitch, weave in ends. The bracelet is ready.

You can make them wider by adding more rows (don't forget to thread the respective number of beads in the beginning). If you need your bracelet larger, increase the number of stitches (always an odd number) and calculate the number of beads you need per row: (number of stitches - 1) : 2

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