Sunday, October 30, 2005
Pattern: Wire and Bead Brooch
This easy-to-knit brooch is a great project for learning to knit with wire. I'd never knitted with wire myself before making this, and it took some time to get used to the feel of the wire as it wrapped around the needles to form the stitches. The wire has absolutely no give, and the stitches do not relax into a flowing fabric after you are finished. It was a very interesting experience, and I look forward to trying some more complex wire projects in the future. The materials are available in most beading and craft shops.
1 spool of Artistic Wire (26 gauge, 15 yards), Pink
Approx 350 seed beads (11/0), Pink
Size 0 metal knitting needles
6 sts = approx 7/8 inch
Ribbon approx 7/8 inch wide
Brooch approx 2 inches wide x 4 1/2 inches tall
For a smaller brooch, cast on fewer stitches and make the ribbon the desired length.
Tip: As you work, unwind about a yard of wire and secure it in the notch on the side of the spool. If you let the wire unwind freely, it will tangle.
String the beads on to the wire.
Cast on 6 sts. The backwards loop cast on is easiest when working with wire.
Slide a bead up to the work, then knit one stitch. Continue in this manner, kinitting every row and sliding a bead up to the wire before each stitch, until the knitted ribbon measures approx 9 1/2 inches long.
Bind off or cut the wire and weave the end in and out of the open stitches to secure them. Weave in the ends and clip the wire close to the knitting.
Using the photo as a guide, form the ribbon into shape for the brooch. Cut a piece of wire approx 3 inches long.
Insert the wire from back to front, and then from front to back to secure the ribbon so it retains its shape. Using the ends of this piece of wire, attach the pinback to the back of the brooch. Wrap the ends of the wire around a few stitches on the wrong side, then clip the ends.
Pin the brooch onto your favorite sweater or felted bag. Enjoy!