I think I have found a new love – knitting with wire!! We have a very large family and for Christmas we pick names. Since there are two people in our family we choose two names. This past Christmas I chose my cousin’s wife. Searching for things to make I had come across knitting with wire to create napkin rings – thought that would be fun. When I went back to look for the pattern I could not find it and then I thought maybe I would try doing a bracelet. After making the bracelet I am hooked!! I want to create so many other things with wire and have started working on some of those ideas.
After making this bracelet I would change up the start and end, tapering both.
Wire Knitted Bracelet
Beading Wire (gauge 26 – 32)
Metal Knitting needles (the smaller the tighter the knitting – I used Size 7)
The smaller the gauge of wire the stiffer the wire. For the bracelet I used 32 gauge.
1. String you beads onto the wire.
2. Cast on 8 stitches. Make a slip knot and place on your knitting needle. Then cast on using the Thumb method.
Row 1 & 2: Knit
Row 3: is where I started using my beads and making a pattern. K4, bring a bead up, K4. The bead, depending on the size with either lay above the knitting or in the loop between the two stitches.
Row 4: knit
Row 5: K2, bring bead up, K4, bring bead up, K2
Row 6: Knit
Repeat Rows 3 – 6 to create this pattern or create your own pattern.
When bracelet measure 7 inches, end with tw0 knit row and then bind off.
Weave in the wire on the cast on side. On the bind off side, weave the wire to the 4th stitch, attach clasp securely, and then weave the rest of the wire into the bracelet.