7.06.2018

Tutorial- How to work Odd Count Tubular Peyote Stitch

This technique is used in my design Pass the Peyote, July 2018's design for Lola's Choice (Laura’s super fun small knitted kit club)! There is also a video tutorial for this technique... just scroll to the bottom of this post!


This tutorial demonstrates how to make Peyote Stitch cylinders that start with an odd-number of beads. Peyote stitch isn’t hard to do, the most awkward part is the first 2 rounds, but that is the same when you knit, so you all should be used to that!

Materials
Size D nylon beading thread
Size 8 Japanese glass seed beads
Size 10 beading needle
If you are working with larger (or smaller) beads you may need to adjust your thread and/or needle size.

Photo Tutorial (video tutorial at the end of the post and here)

1) Prepare your materials
Cut a length of nylon beading thread that is approx. 36 inches (91 cm) long.
Take this and thread it onto a beading needle.

2) String 11 beads onto your thread.
You can also choose to do another odd number, but for this tutorial I am using 11 as that is the number I use in my bracelet design Pass the Peyote.

3) Create a Circle
Leaving an 8 inch tail, and starting with the first bead strung on, go back through all the beads on your thread.
Then go through the first bead again.
At this point you might find it helpful to put your cylinder onto the tip of a pencil or knitting needle, we found that a Size 9 [5.5mm] needle holds 11 beads perfectly (thanks Jan!). That will give you something to hold onto while you establish your cylinder.

4) Begin Row 1 (uses 5 beads)
String 1 bead onto your thread, with beading needle skip a bead and go through the next bead in the circle.

Repeat this four more times. You will now have your thread coming out of the 11th bead, the next bead will have the tail coming out of it.
Tips: I find it helps to hold the tail tightly against the needle as you work, you can even tape this down if you want. Also after everytime you string on a new bead pull the thread taught a bit, this keeps the beads in order. You can choose to work clockwise or counter clockwise, and have your needle horizontal or vertical, I find working counter clockwise with my needle held horizontally the easiest. You can work however is more comfortable for you! Just remember, things maybe a little loosey goosey. If so it is time to tighten up your work a little, this will shift the beads and help them sit on top of each other.

5) Begin Row 2 (uses 6 beads)
String 1 bead onto your thread, with beading needle skip one bead and go through the following bead in the circle. This bead will be “popping” up a bit, it is the first one you placed on the previous row.
 Repeat this five more times. You will now have your thread coming out of the first bead. You can count your rows at this point by counting the beads stacking on each other and see that you have 2 complete rows worked.

6) Repeat Rows 1 and 2
Now you’ll just repeat Rows 1 and 2 until your cylinder is the height that you want it. You’ll know when you have made it all the way around the cylinder when you are back at the tail. Count the beads you have in each “column”. You’ll know you have finished a Row 2 when you have the same number of beads in each column all the way around your cylinder.
 Pass the Peyote has 6 beads total in each column, and uses a total of 66 beads per cylinder.

7) Finishing
Wasn’t that easy? Now just go back through each bead once more at the end of your cylinder.

Then weave in your thread down through a few beads and poke your needle through to the inside of the cylinder and up through the center.

Cut your thread so it isn’t coming out the end. The more time you spend weaving in your end the more secure your bead will be! Repeat this with the tail from the beginning of your cylinder.

Video Tutorial


WAHOO! You did it! Way to learn odd-number tubular peyote stitch!
Check out Pass the Peyote, my cuff design that uses Peyote Stitch Beads!

Other resources for odd count tubular Peyote:
Video- Jill Wiseman
Photo Tutorial- The Spruce Crafts

6.23.2018

LLK- Knit with Laura & Lola: Log 1

WAHOO! Guess who started a video bloggy thing?
Lola and Laura, that’s who!



Show Notes


What I’m Knitting
Sweater with yarn I got in Studio Donegal in Ireland
https://www.studiodonegal.ie/wool-category/Donegal-Wool-Spinning
color 3781

What I’m Obsessed with
Do you have a favorite serger?
Witch’s Stitches- Big Flats

Oxford Punch Needle Size #10 from Amy Oxford

What’s Coming Down the Pike (or already came down it?)
Reversible Undulating Waves Kits
Wearing longer version of Reversible Undulating Waves Cowl in Kathmandu

Novel-T and Novel Long release on July 1st!
No link for Novel-Long yet!
Yarn- Carol Feller’s Nua in Haybale

GIVEAWAY
My last Aquifer kit!
Enter here.
Pattern here.
Closes when the next log launches or July 2nd at 12pm EST, whichever comes first!

Clubs
The N Club (sign ups open in September ’19)
Lola’s Choice (sign ups always open!)

5.21.2018

Travel Beading Kit!

In April I launched a new product... and it sold out in hours! I've restocked in a BIG way as I've been getting awesome feedback on my Travel Beading Kit!
Two sizes of "micro" hooks for placing beads and a dental floss threader for stringing beads are packaged in the world's cutest tin. Perfect for beading on the go!

I put this kit through it's paces on my latest trip to Ireland:
From ferries:
To picnics in Connemara:
 
And drinks in a castle:
This beading tin travels well!

You might need to get a few so you can have them in more than one project bag.... : )!

xoxoxo



4.02.2018

The Winderfull... my new tool (toy!)

This is something you probably haven’t seen before…. it is WINDERFULL! I ran into these at the LYS near my parents in Florida, Knitter’s Nook … I was totally skeptical but am officially a convert! (and I LOVE that I have an LYS when I go to visit them!)
The Winderfull is an amazing yarn wrangling contraption! I had one with me in Nicaragua and it kept my beads and yarn totally tamed! I have to say that every knitting event I have gone to when I pull this out we "need" to talk about how cool it is!
This very simple video I shot with my girl shows you how easy it is to use (and how fun, there is nothing like playing with a drill!).

I don't think you need the Winderfull for every project but here are a few instances I think it would be super helpful in:
Working with large numbers of pre-strung beads (which I seem to do alot of the time):
You can wind your beads around the winderfull, it really helps with tangles and bead management... if you have every experienced your beads "sliding" down your yarn ball once you have wound them, making a hot mess you'll know what I am talking about!

Working with a Single Ply or other "delicate" yarn:
The design of the Winderfull protects your yarn, so if you are working with something fragile that you don't want to get extra wear and tear from abrasion in your knitting bag, the construction of the Winderfull protects your yarn!

Traveling:
The Winderfull keeps your yarn incredibly well-behaved, so if you tend to end up with yarn barf while you travel, you may want to check this out!

Colorwork: If you wind your colors onto separate spools it is SUPER easy to keep them from getting tangled!

Here’s a link if you want to read and learn more about the Winderfull: https://knittersnookflorida.com/products?olsPage=products...

Thankyou Deb, Beau and Anne! It goes without saying, the Winderfull is Wonderfull!
(This is another example of a blog post where every sentence ends in an !  Clearly I feel good about the Winderfull!)