A Week of learning!
Following on from playing around with triangles last week I thought that the next step may be to take the shape into a ring. I have seen some large rings that are diamond-shaped, covering the whole of the lower part of the ring. I innocently thought that moving into the ring would not be that different or hard! Well, at the moment all I can say is that it was definitely a week of learning!
As always I started off with trying the pattern out in cotton:
A small knitted diamond!
As you can see, true to form it curled up and needed pinning down! Then followed the first complication (totally of my own doing, of course!). I thought “hmm why don’t I crochet one too!” So I did:
A small crocheted diamond.
This one doesn’t curl up so much. (Please don’t look too closely at these as they are nowhere near perfect!)
A first go:
I first tried crochet.
I was really pleased with the way this turned out. It sort of curves in on itself.
So I then thought – beads.
Attempt Number 2:
Hmmm – needs more work I think!
I tried knitting this and ….it didn’t work! So I pulled this apart and started again. This time I referred to a book leant to me by Notsogranny:
Western and Eastern!
It gives clear instructions on how to knit with beads on every row. Apparently there are 2 different types of knitting: Western and Eastern (no not continental as I would have thought). To do this sort of beading it appears that you have to use a mixture of both in order to get the beads on the same side of your work.
After a few attempts, (I was unable to thread the beads onto cotton so went back to my trusted wire, but then managed to break it a couple of times), I managed this:
It is nowhere near perfect but not at all bad for a first attempt! I am quite proud of myself really. You also have to take into account that this method is not meant to be used with wire.
My Second First
This week I taught myself to knit an i-cord. At first it was a bit flat:
More like a thin knitted strand really but the second time I got it and made the band for the ring:
So there you have it. I managed to do a knitted beaded ring complete with a knitted i-cord. 😀
Have you managed to teach yourself something new recently? I would love to know.
I am now going to go over and see what other people have been up to on their crafty blogs at Handmade Harbour. I really recommend that you have a look too.