Sunday 08/10/2014, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Be a Bead Knitting "Show Off!" with Betsy Hershberg
Once you've learned basic bead-knitting techniques for stockinette knitting, it's time to take your bead knitting to the next level. Your favorite projects don't always utilize stockinette knitting. Knitters love interesting stitch patterns. They bring great texture and stunning variety to our work.
This class will help you learn to evaluate the 'beadability' of some of your stitch pattern favorites and perhaps one or two with which you are not yet familiar. Learn how to use some wonderful bead-knitting and bead-weaving techniques to show off just what makes your favorite stitch patterns so fabulous. Use a little or use a lot—it's up to you—but do show off those special knitted stitch patterns with beads.
Note: Some bead-knitting experience is helpful but not required for taking this class.
A small ball of smooth finish, #2 or 3 (sport or DK) weight yarn (wool or wool blend preferred, not acrylic or cotton please); appropriate knitting needles (straight or circular); a medium-sized tube of size 6 glass seed beads that can be strung on the yarn you bring (at least 200-250 beads); big eye beading needle. Teacher will have beading needles for purchase ($2 each) if needed. If you have a size #10 or #11 steel crochet hook, please bring one. If not, Betsy will have hooks to loan for class use.
Optional: a favorite stitch dictionary
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.
Please knit the following swatches with the yarn you will bring to class and appropriate sized needles for the yarn that will yield a firm gauge (US 3-6 suggested, depending on your individual tension).
You'll need to knit 4 total swatches.
Choose and knit either Swatch 1 OR 2.
Choose and knit either Swatch 3 OR 4.
Everyone should knit Swatch 5 and 6
With all swatches, use the cast on of your choice. Swatch 6 should be bound off on the final row and the bind off secured with a small tail remaining. With all other swatches, work to last row of instruction, and place live stitches on a holder for use in class, leaving a 6 to 8 inch tail.
CHOOSE Swatch 1 OR 2
Swatch 1 Double Moss Stitch
Cast on 16 stitches. Rows 1-2 [P2, k2] 4 times. Rows 3-4 [K2, p2] 4 times. Rows 5-12 Repeat Rows 1-4.
Swatch 2 Oblique Rib Stitch
Cast on 16 stitches.
Row 1 (WS) [K2, p2] 4 times. Row 2 [K1, p2, k1] 4 times. Row 3 [P2, k2] 4 times.
Row 4 [P1, k2, p1] 4 times. Rows 5-12 Repeat Rows 1-4.
CHOOSE Swatch 3 OR 4
Swatch 3 Garter Rib Stitch
Cast on 17 stitches. Rows 1-5 Work in stockinette beginning with a K row. Row 6 (WS) Knit. Rows 7-18 Repeat Rows 1-6.
Swatch 4 3 X 3 Rib Stitch
Cast on 15 stitches.
Row 1 (RS) P3, [k3, p3] 2 times. Row 2 [K3, p3] 2 times, k3. Rows 3-12 Repeat Rows 1-2.
KNIT BOTH Swatches 5 and 6
Swatch 5 Cable Chevron
Cast on 18 stitches. Row 1 (WS) and all WS rows: K3, p12, k3. Row 2: P3, sl 3 onto cable needle (CN) and hold in back, k3, k3 from CN, sl 3 on CN and hold in front, k3, k3 from CN, p3. Row 4, 6, and 8: P3, k12, p3. Row 9-16: Repeat Rows 1-8.
Swatch 6 Broken or Seeded Rib Stitch
Cast on 17 stitches.
Row 1 (RS) K2, [p1, k3] 3 times, p1, k2. Row 2 [P1, k3] 4 times, p1. Rows 3-24 Repeat Rows 1 & 2.