Today, you’ll learn how to knit a Bead stitch, one of the easiest from the Shetland Lace pattern collection.
Traditionally, Shetland Lace is a very fine knitted fabric, made out of real Shetland
ponies wool, used for wedding or christening shawls, scarves, or throws.
Although those patterns are exceptionally pretty, some of them are really intricate…
This is why, I’m sharing the Bead pattern with you: A four-row repeat pattern, easy and fun to knit.
Honestly, I believe that Shetland Lace is within reach of every knitter!
Just to show you that Shetland Lace can be worked using different types of yarn, not only fingering weight + super tiny needles 😉
In addition, this Bead pattern is great for accessories, yet it will work perfectly on a top, cardigan or seasonal sweater; it has a rich texture to it, and both sides look pretty.
They will save you time, effort, and tears (I’ll never tire of repeating it).
So, it’s time to knit an amazing swatch.
Grab your needles, and a bit o yarn, and… action!
CO: Cast on
RS: Right side
ssk: Slip, slip, knit. Slip one stitch as if to knit, slip the next as if to knit, put both back onto the left-hand needle, and knit them together (left-leaning decrease)
k2tog: Knit two stitches together (right-leaning decrease)
k3togtbl: Knit three stitches together through the back loop (right-leaning decrease)
yo: Yarn over
WS: Wrong side
BO: Bind off
The even rows form the right side of the work.
The are no edge (selvage) stitches included in the stitch count; if you like to have them, add two stitches.
How to knit Shetland Lace: Bead stitch pattern
CO multiples of 6 + 1 st; i.e.: 6 * 3 = 18 + 1 = 19 st.
Row 1 (WS): *K1, yo, ssk, K1, k2tog, yo*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1
Row 2: *K2, yo, k3togtbl, yo, K1*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1
Row 3: *K1, k2tog, yo, K1, yo, ssk*. Repeat from * to *, to last st, K1
Row 4: k2tog, yo, *K3, yo, k3togtbl, yo*. Repeat from * to *, toast 5 st, ending with K3, yo, ssk.
These four rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.
When finished, BO purlwise, after row 4 (WS).
This is the other side of the work:
Finally, enjoy the video tutorial:
Thank you for watching!
Hugs, and happy knitting,
Carolina – So Woolly
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