While at Stitches Midwest, I took one of their market sessions with Deanna Van Assche for bead knitting and that it was one of those techniques that looked much harder than it was. So I bough some beads (she sells the kind that are pre-strung) with the intention of designing something using beads. I really do like the pre-strung beads as you tie the string that the beads are on to the yarn and slide them over. This way, I did not have to worry about chasing beads on airplanes.
Last December, I had written a scarf pattern for Kim in our office to make with Venezia Worsted and never got around to making myself. It had a ruffle on each end and a simple lacy rib pattern for the body of the scarf. I thought the beads would be beautiful at the end of the scarf and I absolutely love an excuse to play with Venezia Worsted. So I picked a lovely shade of purple that matched one of the colors of beads that I had purchased. Then I sadly realized that Venezia Worsted was just a bit too heavy for the beads. So, back to the drawing board.
Fortunately, we have a lighter version of Venezia Worsted - Venezia Sport - the same luscious blend of 70% Merino Wool and 30% Mulberry Silk, but in a lighter weight - 307.5 yds/100 g. So I found a shade of blue that worked with other beads.
So Cascade Yarns sponsored its first ever cruise with Knit and Stitch in Cocoa, FL and I wanted to have something new to share with all of the lovely knitters and crocheters that attended. Happily I bound off during dinner on Saturday night - so I was able to finish it before the Fashion Show that evening.
1 skein Venezia Sport - shown in 195
US 6 needle
- K – knit
- P – purl
- K2tog – Knit 2 together
- YO – yarn over
- SSK – slip, slip , knit - slip 2 stitches to right hand needle, pass left hand needle through front of 2 stitches, wrap yarn over top of R needle and pull through – decrease
Slip approximately 715 beads (around 4 -5 strings) of size 6 seed beads onto the yarn
Cast on 144 stitches (with beads) - using long tail cast on, slide 1 bead between each stitch
- Row 1 – Knit - slide 1 bead between each stitch
- Row 2 – K2tog to end of row (72 stitches remain)
- Row 3 – Knit - slide 1 bead between each stitch
- Row 4 – K2tog to end of row (36 stitches remain)
- Row 5 - k - slide 1 bead between each stitch.
Body of scarf
- Row 1 – K4, *[P3, K2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
- Row 2 – K2, P2 *[K1, YO, SSK, P2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
- Row 3 – K4, *[P3, K2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
- Row 4 – K2, P2 *[K2tog, YO, K1, P2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
Knit until reach desired length – the start end ruffle –
Knit row 1 of pattern ( K4, *[P3, K2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2)
Knit 1 row with beads
Start Ruffle –
Row 1 – Knit in front and back of all stitches (72 stitches)
Row 2 – Knit with beads
Row 3 – Knit in front and back of all stitches (144 stitches)
Row 4 – Knit - with beads
Bind off all stitches loosely with beads
Weave in ends.