Lagniappe Beaded Cuffs & Mitts
I use this patten in my beaded knitting class.
It has what I consider a good glory to work ratio: a beautiful result that’s not nearly as difficult as it looks.
Play with this pattern! Try different colors of beads, in different combinations, with different colored yarns.
Want a vintage feel? Go for a soft pastel with pearlized beads. Something edgier? Try a dark gray or black yarn with light amethyst, sapphire, or ruby colored beads.
A high contrast between bead color and yarn will, of course, highlight the beading more, but subtle glints of shine and color against a similarly colored yarn works well too. It all depends on the mood you want to evoke.
Don’t forget to explore the possibilities of various fibers. Different fiber blends of fingering weight yarn can also give quite different results -- compare a swatch of an alpaca blend, with a delicate halo, with one of a tightly twisted merino, for example.
Why lagniappe? I hope this pattern (which, in itself, is really three patterns) gives you a little extra -- the tools & inspiration to create a variety of your own beautiful beaded cuffs & mitts.
Yarn needle, stitch markers (3), waste yarn or extra circular needle for provisional cast on
Beads (Size 6/0)
C1: 156 (182) beads
C2: 96 (112) beads
C3: 12 (14) beads
Knitting in the round, beading, reading charts (for beaded motif); for picot hem, provisional cast on &/or sewn hems; for full mitts, Kitchener stitch