NOTE: This pattern will be free until 7/14/2020, and then it will become a members only secret pattern. You can still get the pattern as part of a DIY kit here!

Today I’m so excited to announce a new addition to the Margo Knits shop- the Rockin Stockin Beaded bracelet DIY kit! This kit comes with the yarn and beading tools you need to make these beautiful beaded knit bracelets! The bracelet DIY kit comes in two color options, a light pink and dark pink, and your choice of silver or gold for the toggle clasp. (More colors coming soon!!!) The kit will be shipped in a cute miniature tin which can be used to store your beads, or as a gift box that you can use for the bracelet once it’s finished!

This knitting pattern was the first one I developed in my latest foray into knitting with beads. I’m planning a lot more patterns that include beading, as it is so much easier than I ever thought it would be! The patterns I share at Margo Knits are always easy enough for a beginner knitter, and I’m proud to say that with a little guidance from my video tutorials, you should be able to knit with beads in no time- it’s easier than you think it is!

Grab the DIY kit:

Note- member price for this DIY kit is $17.99! Margo Knits members get an automatic 25% discount on all products, and free pattern downloads! Learn more about memberships here.

Members also get access to secret patterns, and after 7/14, this bracelet will become one of those secret patterns!


Materials:

Fingering weight yarn: About 30 yards

US size 3 (3.25mm) Double pointed needles

Toggle clasp

Beads (4 colors)

Beading needle

Abbreviations:

Co: cast on

Sl st : slip stitch

K : Knit

Pb : place bead (slide bead up the yarn, all the way to the needle before working the next st.)

Sl1pw: slip 1 purl wise 

Pattern Notes:

  1. This  bracelet is knit like an icord- on double pointed needles, every stitch is knit. Instead of turning your work at the end of each row, slide your word to the other end of the needle, bringing the yarn behind the work, and knit the first stitch.
  1. In the pattern, whenever you are instructed to add a bead (pb), you will bring the yarn to the front before sliding the bead to the needle. Then you will slip the next st. purl wise (sl1pw), wrap the beaded yarn around the slipped st, and k the next st. (k1) If you would like a visual, I made this video tutorial showing you how to add beads to your knitting! (Don’t follow the rest of the pattern in the video- just the bead row).
  1. Casting on with a clasp: You’ll begin by threading your clasp onto your yarn with your beading needle, and casting on the first st. with a slip knot. If you’d like a video tutorial on how to cast on with a clasp, I made one below.
  2. Optional seaming of the bracelet: You can choose to seam the bracelet into a “tube” at the end, when you’re weaving in your ends, if you don’t like the look of the wrong side.

Begin Pattern:

Using the beading needle, thread beads onto yarn in a pattern a pattern of 4 repeating colors. 

Thread clasp with beading needle, making a sl. st. attaching the clasp to the first co st. (video tutorial here)

co 7 sts.

Setup rows: knit 2 rows

  1. *k1, pb, sl1pw, k1 
  2. K all sts
  3. K all sts

Rep. rows 1-3 until bracelet measures desired length. Bind off on row 3. Cut yarn and pull through loop. Attach other end of toggle clasp to bracelet, tying a double knot, and weaving in ends securely. 

Finishing:

Here, you can seam the edges of the bracelet into a “tube” (optional) if you don’t like the look of the wrong side. Since stockinette st. curls naturally, this step isn’t necessary, but depending on the yarn and your tension when knitting, you may decide that you want to do this to clean up the look of the bracelet.

You can also reinforce the clasps with a little bit of tacky glue or fabric glue for extra strength. Over time, the ends of yarn may fray and knots can become weakened, the glue can help lengthen the life of your bracelet.

I hope you’ve enjoyed knitting the Rockin Stockin Beaded bracelet! I can definitely say that beading is one of my new favorite knitting techniques- so look out for more beaded patterns in the future!