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by eileen pierce

Difficulty: Intermediate

Lillooet Lake inspired the design for

these beaded garter stitch wrist
warmers. Lillooet is a glacier-fed lake
near Whistler, in British Columbia,

Techniques employed in this design include bead knitting and Kitchener stitch
finishing, as taught by Carol Huebscher Rhoades.

S [M, L] (shown in size M)

Circumference: 6 [7, 8] inches
Length: 4 inches

o Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, [50% Peruvian Wool, 20% Super Fine Alpaca,
30% Nylon; 433 yd - 400 m per 100g skein]; turquoise mix 1294; 1 skein.
Substitute any fingering weight yarn.
o 1 set US #00/1.75mm double-point needles
o ~36 grams of silver-lined crystal beads size 8o. 1066 [1148, 1230] beads.
o 1 beading needle, with loop of sewing thread.
o 1 sewing up needle

40 sts/80 rows = 4" in garter stitch

To place beads onto knitting yarn, thread a beading needle with a fine but strong
piece of sewing thread about 3 inches long. Tie the ends of the sewing thread
together to form a loop. Thread the knitting yarn through the loop of sewing
thread. Pour loose beads into a shallow container with vertical sides. Dive the
beading needle into the beads, picking up several at a time. Move the beads
onto the knitting yarn by sliding them down the needle, over the sewing thread,
and onto the knitting yarn. Slide groups of beads down the yarn quite a ways,
distributing them so that they are ready to knit up.

© 2009 Eileen Pierce 1 Last Modified November 25, 2009
Knit firmly throughout. Place beads between stitches on odd numbered rows
only, as indicted on the chart.

Cast on 41 stitches over both needles held together. Long-tail cast on method is

Set up row: knit across row to 2 stitches remaining, P2tog. From this point
forward, begin each row by slipping the first stitch knitwise with yarn in back, knit
across to the last stitch, and purl the last stitch.

In garter stitch, work rows 1 through 10 of chart for a total of 13 [14,15] times or
to desired length, ending with a wrong side row (even numbered row).

With right side facing, pick up 40 stitches from back to front across the cast-on
edge. Graft the two sets of stitches together firmly with Kitchener stitch. Weave
in ends. Hand wash gently, air dry flat on towel.


Eileen Pierce lives in Madison, Wisconsin USA. Eileen enjoys knitting, spinning,
bicycle commuting and practicing yoga.

v Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back
Place 1 bead between stitches

10 v
v 9
8 v
v 7
6 v
v 5
4 v
v 3
2 v
v 1

© 2009 Eileen Pierce 2 Last Modified November 25, 2009