21 June, 2008

Beaded Knitting Pattern for Small Amulet Bag

Additional information can be found at my: beaded knitting overview.


You will need (4-5) strands or one tube (18g) size 11/0 seed beads
strung on a spool of DMC crochet cotton (perle 8).

If my calculations are correct, a total of 1,598 seed beads will be required for the knitting portion of this piece.

Using #000 steel knitting needles, cast on 18 stitches ~ leaving a 10” tail.

I use the long tail cast-on method so there is thread readily available for sewing your finished bag.

Rows 1-2
knit 18

Rows 3-4
k3, *slip 1 bead, k1* ending with slip 1 bead, k3

Rows 5-6
k3, *slip 1 bead, k3*

Rows 7-10
k3, *slip 1 bead, k3, slip 2 beads, k3* ending with slip 1 bead, k3

Rows 11-16
k3, *slip 2 beads, k3, slip 3 beads, k3* ending with slip 2 beads, k3

Rows 17-24
k3, *slip 3 beads, k3, slip 4 beads, k3* ending with slip 3 beads, k3

Rows 25-34
k3, *slip 4 beads, k3, slip 5 beads, k3* ending with slip 4 beads, k3

Rows 35-40
k3, *slip 5 beads, k3*

Rows 41-54
k3, *slip 6 beads, k3*

Rows 55-60
k3, *slip 5 beads, k3*

Rows 61-70
k3, *slip 4 beads, k3, slip 5 beads, k3* ending with slip 4 beads, k3

Rows 71-78
k3, *slip 3 beads, k3, slip 4 beads, k3* ending with slip 3 beads, k3

Rows 79-84
k3, *slip 2 beads, k3, slip 3 beads, k3* ending with slip 2 beads, k3

Rows 85-88
k3, *slip 1 bead, k3, slip 2 beads, k3* ending with slip 1 bead, k3

Rows 89-90
k3, *slip 1 bead, k3*

Rows 91-92
k3, *slip 1 bead, k1* ending with slip 1 bead, k3

Row 93
knit 18

Row 94
bind off

Matching corners, hand sew up both sides and turn right-side out. I like to spin satin rattail and attach it through assorted beads and findings ~ but this is where you can express your personality through the finishing touches.

20 June, 2008

Beaded Knitting

Here’s a very brief picture overview of beaded knitting... pattern to follow in tomorrow's post.

For this project I used size 11/0 seed beads, DMC crochet cotton (perle 8) and size #000 steel knitting needles. It would be a good idea to work up a small swatch in garter stitch just to get comfortable with the needles and thread.


For this small bag/amulet I choose a dark sage green thread with silver-lined dark amethyst seed beads. An 18 gram tube of Bread Treasures Czech glass beads provided more than enough for this project.

First, transfer the seed beads onto your thread with a bead spinner. I like to unwind several yards of thread and store the bulk of the beads further in so I’m not spending so much time pushing them down the spool.

Another option is purchasing a hank of pre-strung seed beads and transferring them onto your thread with a beading needle. This project would require about 4-5 strands from a hank.


Casting on 18, your first two rows are straight knitting.
Row 3
Knit 3, then slip one bead toward your work so it goes between the stitch you just finished and the next stitch. Then, knit one.
The bead will now be on the backside of your work between stitches 3 and 4.
Continue in this manner to the end of the row *slip 1, knit 1*, slip 1, ending with knit 3.
You will now have a row with 13 beads in the back of your work.
Row 4
Knit 3, *slip one, knit 1*, slip 1, ending with knit 3.
You will now have a row with 13 beads both in the front and the back of your work.


As the pattern continues, the number of beads added between the stitches increases until you reach the middle, then decreases to the end.


After casting off, fold the piece in half, hand sew the sides (this will be the inside) and turn right-side out.
Everyone has their own fun way to add the finishing touches.