I am crazy about Laura Nelkin’s new pattern Ribband, the first pattern in a collection of knitted jewelry pieces called Adorn.
It uses a few yards fingering or laceweight yarn and seed beads. The result is a long loop (about 34″) that can be worn as a bracelet, like Laura’s shown above, or a necklace.
I made one over a few days and loved it. The knitting was straightforward and I nearly lost my mind and wallet going shopping in a bead store.
I used Collinette Jitterbug (colorway: Copperbeach) as my yarn and dark teal beads. When I make the next one, I think I’ll make it a little longer.
I did try to be smarter than the patten a couple of times and it totally bit me in the butt. I didn’t want to thread all of beads on at one time, so I broke off the amount of yarn the pattern called for and figured I would just thread the beads on from the end as I needed them.
Who remembers that I have an issue with gauge? Apparently not me. I ran out of yarn and had to add more. I had to add more in a way that beads would still slide over the yarn.Â I tried knotting, no go. Russian splice, no dice. I ended up knitting with two strands for the last two stitches of one row and the first two of the next, then dropping the old yarn and continuing with the new.
It left a little blip, but the blocking did wonders for it. That’s my other tip, block it. (My first tip being, don’t try to be smarter than the pattern.) It looks a little funky while you’re knitting it, but after blocking it really smoothed out.
I can’t wait to started my next one. This one has already been thieved by my daughter. I’m going to make a couple as end-of-the-year teacher gifts too.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
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