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This pattern is inspired by the red, green, and white beaded wristwarmers made by Lithuanian knitters in the 19th century. Although these colors were not originally meant to represent Christmas, they are perfect to celebrate the holidays. If you prefer not to use Christmas colors, substitute any two colors you like for the yarn, and use white or black beads for the design. FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Circumference: 7 inches or knit to fit Length: 5 1/2 inches MATERIALS Brown Sheep Nature Spun Fingering [100% wool; 310yd/283m per 50g skein]; 1 skein each, color N46 Red Fox and N24 Evergreen, or any fingering or sock-weight wool yarn Size 000 US (1.5mm) knitting needles, or size to obtain gauge Approx. 1000 size 8 or 10 glass seed beads Beading needle and sewing thread or dental floss leader Small steel crochet hook (optional, for crochet edging) GAUGE 36 sts/68 rows = 4″ in garter stitch PATTERN NOTES Note: You may prefer to begin with a provisional cast-on and finish with three-needle bind off or even grafting, but this is not the traditional method in Lithuania. Only the wrong side rows are shown on the charts. Knit a right side row with no beads, then work the charted row as follows: Slip 1 for a slip-stitch edge, if desired. Do not count this stitch. Begin following the WS row on the left edge of the chart. Knit the plain stitches normally. When you come to a black circle on the chart, slip a bead up to the needles and knit the next stitch, pulling it tight to hold the bead in place. This counts as one bead stitch. The bead sits between two stitches on the needles on the back of the work. INSTRUCTIONS Thread half of the beads onto each color of yarn. With red, CO 50 sts. Set-up Row (RS): K all sts. Row 1 (WS): Sl 1, k following chart row, reading from left to right, placing beads as indicated; k to end of row. Row 2: Sl1, k all sts (without placing beads). Repeat Rows 1 and 2 and change back and forth from red to green as indicated on chart, until work is long enough to fit around wrist, ending with a WS row. If possible, end after completing a full repeat of the charted pattern. FINISHING Option 1: BO all sts knitwise; do not break yarn. Sew CO and BO edges of piece together. Option 2: Remove scrap yarn from provisional CO and join CO and BO edges with 3-needle bind off. Crochet trim (optional) With crochet hook and green, work 1 row of single crochet around top of mitten. Change to red and work 1 row of crab stitch (reverse single crochet). Join and fasten off. Weave in ends.
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