That’s right folks, the program this month will be adding beads in your knitting with a crochet hook. If that sounds odd, be not afraid! All will be revealed in the meeting demos.
On that note, there is some participation that is required to prepare you for this meeting.
Please use sock or equivalent weight yarn and cast 40 stitches on a size needle that you feel comfortable with (I used a 4mm). Knit no more than 15 rows in straight stitch but, this is not a gauge specific project.
If you don’t knit in sock weight, let the guild know so we can bring some along.
If you have a crochet hook in size 1 or smaller it would be great if you could bring it along as well. The more we have the better.
In addition, several guild members have been discussing a new Knit- a-long project Including very easy openwork and beads on lace weight.
Anyone who would like to join in is welcome to cast on with the group at the meeting. This gives everyone a chance to troubleshoot a bit with folks who have used smaller beads before.
The pattern is a free download on Ravelry called the Jeweled Cowl.
It calls for one skein of Malibrigo lace weight (or of course the lace weight of your preference.) and 728, size 8 seed beads.
Size 6 beads would also be acceptable.
This may sound like a lot, but vial containers of beads typically hold 500 beads each. Stop by a local bead shop to find these beads. The staff should be able to direct you to these sizes. You may also want to take along your yarn to match or contrast as you see fit.
The pattern is knit on a 5mm needle in the round and the size crochet hook you would need is a US 14 or 0.75mm
Please join us in some hands-on learning this month and hopefully the beginning of a bevy of beautifully beaded cowls! This is a great technique to know, it comes in handy as an alternative to stringing your beads.
As always guest and visitors are welcomed and encouraged to participate, please bring the materials listed above and join in!