Southwest Bracelet, As Seen On Beads, Baubles and Jewels!

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Hello! If you are wondering if your local Public Broadcasting Station picks up the show Beads, Baubles and Jewels, here is a List to Check! Each station has its own unique programming and schedule. BBJ started in some places as early as 1/24 with Episode 2701 (my By the Sea design). To catch knitting on a spool and the design shown here, you need to look for episode 2704.

If your local station doesn’t pick it up, you’ll be able to find my segment on the Soft Flex Company YouTube Channel too.

If you do better with written instructions or like to have both video and instructions handy, here they are for you!

Design by Sara Oehler

Size: Made for a 6″ wrist.
Length: Knitted Wire is about 6″, 8″ from clasp end to end.
Width: Knitted Wire is about 1/2″.

Materials
Soft Flex Beading Wire, .019 Medium, Citrine Color – 15 ft
Soft Flex Beading Wire, .019 Medium, Red Jasper Color – 15 ft
Soft Flex Beading Wire, .019 Medium, Turquoise Color – 15 ft
2x2mm Sterling Silver Soft Flex Crimp Tube – 4 pcs
3mm Sterling Silver Soft Flex Crimp Cover – 2 pcs
White Bronze Cone – 2 pcs
White Bronze Toggle Clasp – 1 set

Tools
4-Pin Knitting Spool
Regular Crimping Pliers
Cutters

Instructions

Step 1: (Demonstrate) Using all three wires, pass the wire down through the center of the 4-pin knitting spool and use your hand to hold the tail down.

Step 2: (Demonstrate) Position the spool to look like a clock with the top peg at 12 o’clock (Peg 1). Wrap the wire around Peg 1 from left to right.

Step 3: (Demonstrate) Wrap the wire around 9 o’clock (Peg 2) from left to right.

Step 4: (Demonstrate) Wrap the wire around 6 o’clock (Peg 3) from left to right.

Step 5: (Demonstrate) Wrap the wire around 3 o’clock (Peg 4) from left to right.

Step 6: (Demonstrate) Wrap the wire around the outside and top of Peg 1 above the existing wires.

Step 7: (Demonstrate) Using the stylus, take the loop at the bottom of Peg 1 and pull it up over the wire wrapped above it and into the center of the knitting spool. Give a gentle tug from the bottom.

Step 8: Repeat Steps 6-7 on Pegs 2, 3 and 4.

Step 9: Continue this pattern until your knitted cord is the length that you prefer.

Step 10: (Demonstrate) To finish your design, trim the wire about 6 inches. String the wire through each loop around each peg.

Step 11: (Demonstrate) Pull each loop of wire off each peg. Pull on the wire to tighten the end.

Step 12: (Demonstrate) String the three wires into a crimp tube. Snug the tube to the knit and crimp.  Click here for crimping instructions. Trim the citrine and turquoise wires, leave just one strand of red jasper. String a cone, a crimp tube, half the clasp and pass the wire back into the tube. Snug the tube to the cone and crimp. Trim excess wire. Cover the tube with a crimp cover.

Step 13: Repeat Step 12 on the second side.

Tips:
1. You can use any diameter of beading wire, threads, cords, and thin gauged craft wire.
2. You can use one or multiple strands (as shown here).
3. You can knit in 3 different ways on 3 different sizes of spools – 3 peg, 4 peg and 5 peg.
4. You can add beads into and onto the knitted wire in multiple different ways.
a. String the beads and on first and feed them into the design in a pattern.
b. String beads down the center of the knitted wire.
c. Attach beads on the outside with wire to make wire wrap dangles.

Resources
Soft Flex Company
Saki Silver

Click here to download a PDF of the instructions for the Southwest Knit Bracelet.

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Here is a beautiful alternative to the bracelet.

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If you love this project, please check out my book Show Your Colors. You are sure to love it!

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