Saturday 08/09/2014, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Get Hooked on ABACUS Bead Knitting with Betsy Hershberg
Are you one of those knitters who would really like to get on the bead-knitting bandwagon and make unique bead-knit jewelry, but can't face the idea of counting, arranging, and stringing hundreds of beads all at one time only to find out you've made a mistake and have to start over? Well, here is a technique that combines knitting and the addition of multiple beads with a small steel crochet hook to create an endless variety of bead-knit patterns. And because you are adding just a few beads at a time, correcting any missteps is a breeze.
You'll learn all of my ABACUS bead-knitting secrets while starting to create your own bracelet. Once you learn the basic technique, you'll find yourself with more ideas than you know what to do with. The technique is deceptively simple and lots of fun! Give it a try.
Note: Students should feel comfortable handling a crochet hook but will not have to do any crocheting.
Materials fee: $25 for kit including silk fiber, 3 colors of Japanese seed beads (400-500), magnetic clasp, steel crochet hook, and beading needle.
2.25 or 2.75mm/US Size 1 or 2 straight or circular knitting needles. No dpns please. (Size 1 for loose knitters), scissors. Everything else will be in the materials kit.
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.
If you are not familiar with the Cable Cast On, watch the following video and practice the cast on.
Cable Cast On
Make sure you are comfortable holding and using a crochet hook although you will not be working true crochet.
Materials fee: $25 for complete bracelet kit including silk fiber, 3 colors of Japanese glass seed beads (400-500), magnetic clasp, steel crochet hook, and beading needle.