Tuesday, 18 October 2011

How to knit a bracelet

I am aware that not everyone who would like to attend my knitted bracelet workshops can, either because the time /date or location is not suitable, I do understand that if you live in Canada or Australia, you will not be able to pop over to Staffordshire, UK for a two hour workshop.
So here is a photographic guide to knitting your own bracelet in the comfort of your own home:
Firstly thread all your beads onto the wire.

These beads have been emptied onto a bead mat to stop them from rolling around,  you could also choose to pour the beads onto a bowl if you prefer or a bead spinning bowl.

This is my preferred way of threading just push the wire through the beads scooping up as you go,
 Then thread on a split ring.

The ring will slide over the beads don't worry, just try and keep it near the end of the wire

using 3mm needles join wire for casting on leaving 2 inches of wire free.
cast on 3 stitches then include the split ring into the 4th cast on stitch -

continue until 7 stitches have been cast on.

knit every row include one bead with each stitch.

continue knitting until required length

cut remaining wire leaving a length of 12 inches attached to the bracelet - discard the remaining beads on wire as they won't be needed and thread on the clasp
cast off 3 stitches include the clasp in the 4th stitch cast off then continue casting off to the end.

To finish off neatly thread the spare wire at each end back through the clasp or ring 3 or 4 more times then take the wire through some of the beads of the bracelet then back through one bead twice and cut as close to the bead as possible.

Kits for this bracelet are available, knitting needles not included - please contact me!

1 comment:

  1. What a great tip adding the split ring. I have knitted bracelets before but then added magnetic clasps. This is much easier.