WE QUESTION OUR SANITY AT STARTING THIS THING IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!! DID WE NOT LEARN FROM OUR SUMMER OLYMPICS DEBACLE????
I mean, ahem, “. . . my true love gave to me . . . a silver wire knit pearl bracelet.”
So the other day, I was teaching some friends how to knit this wire earring when I thought, I HATE THIS EARRING. Then I thought, but what if instead of knitting something fan-shaped – which I found fiddly and difficult – I knit something square or rectangular?
I came home, strung 100 freshwater pearls onto one strand of wire, grabbed another strand, cast on and just made up a pattern as I went along.
This is what I came up with:
Pearl knitted wire bracelet
If you are a knitter, this isn’t hard. All you have to do is cast on, knit and run the wire through the stitches of the last row (no casting off). Here is what you will need:
2 spools of Artistic Wire 32 gauge wire – I used silver. The gauge needs to be this fine in order for it to be sufficiently manipulated by your hands and the needles. I got my wire at the very fine Baubles and Beads
100 or more freshwater pearls, 4 mm or smaller. Mine are a bit smaller and also purchased at Baubles and Beads. Ccrystals, beads will do, too, just keep ’em small.)
2 US size 1.5 or 2 double point needles. I prefer metal ones with a very sharp point to get under the wire.
Two ribbon clasps for the ends and a closure of your choice – toggle, lobster clasp etc.
1. String the pearls onto 1 strand of the wire:
String of pearls
2. With both strands and leaving a 4 inch or so tail, make a lark’s knot onto one of the needles. Using e cast-on method, cast on 4 more stitches for a total of 6 stitches on the needle.
6 stitches om needle
3. Begin bracelet: Knit three rows. This is where we’ll attach the ribbon clasp.
Three knitted rows, which will be covered by ribbon clasp
4. Begin pearl pattern: Row 1 (WS) knit one, place pearl, continue across row. Row 2 (RS) knit across. Rows 3 – 6 Repeat rows 1 and 2 two more times (you should have 3 rows of pearls). Knit 2 more rows, then begin with row 1 again and this time place two rows of pearls. Separate that by knitting 3 more rows. This should give you 3 rows of pearls on the RS of the bracelet separate by three plain rows followed by 2 rows of pearls, etc. Or just make up your own pattern as you go along, making sure to place pearls on the WS rows only.
Two rows of pearls placed
5. Continue to desired length, knit 3 more rows. Cut wire leaving a 3 or 4 inch tail. Remove needle from live stitches and thread tail through the stitches.
Insert tails thru live stitches; cover with ribbon clasp
6. Trim both tails close to bracelet. Attach ribbon clasp and the clasp of your choice.
DONE! Snazzy for the holidays or as a last-minute gift to give.
COUPLE OF TIPS – The spools of wire want to spring out and ruin your day. They will attempt to thwart your every move. My solution is to place them in these little lidded glass jars I got at the dollar store. The jars are heavier than the spools, so stay on the table when the lightweight spools want to fall off to the floor. Find something similar.
Also, the spools have a notch to grab the wire. Use it. Unwind a few inches of wire at a time, then notch it back to the spool. This will also help keep the wire from getting unruly.