Beaded Cuffs Tutorial

This tutorial will take you through the "steps" of my Andrea Beaded Cuff Pattern available in It's in the Bag that are a bit tricky so you can make them on your own. My own version of this pattern will be available in January.  Keep in mind that not every step of the cuff is done here, only the ones that I thought could use illustration. Please let me know if there is anything you need explained further. I'm happy to help!

How to get your Beads onto the Yarn:
(you can click on any of these pictures to make them bigger!)

Using dental floss threader, thread end of yarn through large loop at bottom of threader leaving a tail. Pick up beads with threader and slide down onto the yarn. This is a great job to give a 9-year-old if you have one around!

Making a Yarn Over with a Bead:

Slide bead up the yarn with your right hand until it touches the right hand needle, bring yarn with bead on it up and over right hand needle. I use my right index finger to keep the bead in place until I work the next stitch.

Working into Yarn Over's with Beads: (WS rows)

When working back on purl rows you want your bead to be to the BACK of the left hand needle, i.e. on the left leg of the yarn over, when working into it.

Knitting a Stitch with 1 Bead:

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Pic 1: Put your right ndl into the next stitch on your left needle to work as usual, then slide a bead up until it is touching the right hand needle.

Pic 2: Then work the stitch, pulling the bead through, the bead will lock into place on the new stitch you just made!

Working Beaded Attached I-Cord:  (please see the pattern for complete step-by-step instructions, these photos are meant to help you with the more tricky parts)

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Pic 1: Shows stitch being picked up along edge of cuff.

Pic 2: Shows all stitches being slid to other end of needle to begin next row.

When working into an i-cord stitch with bead on it make sure that the bead is to the BACK of the left hand needle. 

Working Beaded Clasp:

String 3 beads onto yarn with a small sewing needle or a dental floss threader, leaving a 3 inch tail go back through the beads in the same direction again creating a loop.
String on 3 more beads and go back through the first 3 beads again.  

You will have a circle of 6 beads with a length of yarn running through the middle of it.  Attach this to the opposite end of the bracelet in line with the first loop.  Sew it down only on that center thread.  This is important so that the loop can go all the way around the “button” and catch itself.  If you sew it down on the edges the loop won’t have any grip and your bracelet will fall off!


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  8. Working on one of these bracelets and having a hard time with the beaded I Cord.. In the directions, it says to cast on two stitches then pick up but not knit the third, then slide to the right. However, looking at your picture above, it appears your working thread is attached to the third thread as it would be in a normal I cord. ?????


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