Knitting Mondays: What’s On Our Needles

I am crazy about Laura Nelkin’s new pattern Ribband, the first pattern in a collection of knitted jewelry pieces called Adorn.


Addictive knitting at its finest

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.

My Ribband as a necklace

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.  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.

This is my fixed spot. Just a little bump in the knititng road.

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.

A little leftover Koigu and blue beads

What are you knitting?



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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. Spy on her on her website

17 thoughts on “Knitting Mondays: What’s On Our Needles

  1. Sue Plantinga

    Love this! Clicked on the link, and what do you know, it didn’t work. Please please fix it for me!

  2. Louise Boutot

    Right now I’m knitting a pair of socks and the a really cute sweater from Knitscene. The one on the cover. I’ve also got winter socks and mittens to make for Christmas and scarves as well.Looks like my fingers will be flying!! Lol

  3. LIndsay

    Love it. But couldn’t get the link to work. I might try later to see if it’s been fixed. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  4. Merrie

    I’m working on the Owl Baby Vest for a coworker. After I finish that, I’ve got two pairs of baby booties to finish. So many friends having babies right now! I’ll be glad to knit something for me after this. 🙂

  5. Seanna Lea

    I love knitted jewelry. I need to make more of it, because it is super easy and depending on how you do it can be either super knitterly or very not.

  6. Laura Nelkin

    Love your version of Adorn… and that your girl claimed it!

    I keep hearing about them being “lost” to others immediately upon completion!

    Can’t wait to see your next one!!!!

  7. Jen

    I just cast on the Amiga cardi from the newest Knitty – hope I like it when I’m finished!

    Love the beads, I might actually make myself some jewelry….hmmmmm

  8. Elizabeth M.

    I’m working on the Lotus Bag from the newest Stitch ‘n Bitch book, a baby afghan and a lace shawl that is driving me crazy.

  9. Sara

    OMG, I love it. I was just thinking about ways to use leftover sock yarn and Koigu. What a gorgeous, fun idea! To the Ravelry queue!

    What’s on my needles? A design for the Deep Fall issue of Knitty! Wish me luck! 🙂

  10. Cathy Bayliss

    I’m working on a gansey pullover for my son. I love the TOTALLY SEAMLESS construction. It seems to go so much faster. BTW KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Sport is a good (and cheap) substitute for British Guernsey wool.

  11. Candice Hope

    This looks fun! I’m knitting lots of things but I am happy to report that after 8 total hours on a bus this weekend I have finally finished my husband’s annual Christmas present socks (yes, from 2010).

  12. Adriene

    Totally losing your mind and wallet in a bead store… I’m totally with you! I’m still trying to destash beads and stones from my jewelry-making days, and yet I get the shakes when I go into a bead store today!

    Great idea for working through my bead stash. Thanks!

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