Monday, July 9, 2018

Tulips Mark Two

I've finished the second version of the beaded knitting tulips. Here it is alongside the first one:
And both folded:
The second one, on the right, looks better not only because the tulips are the right way up, but because of the extra white rows between pairs of flower rows.

I eventually found that the most efficient way of working the beaded knitting was to thread a row of beads, following the chart, then check it by looking at it differently - check all the flower colours and then the leaf colours, say, rather than checking it beginning to end. When knitting, I'd slide the beads for one row up and knit without looking at the chart - all being well, the beads and the end of the row coincided. This 'count twice, knit once' method worked better than my original way of threading beads and then checking the chart as I knitted a row.

Statistics - the chart is from Family Album by Kaffe Fassett and Zoe Hunt; the knitting measures 22 cm by 36 cm; there are 3696 beads knitted in! I won't make the clutch bag itself until I get the right clasp.


  1. Your stats are indeed impressive, but when you count in that you made TWO, .... speechless !!! 😷👍👍
    Tulip-wise, the new one is definitely superb 🌷🌷🌷
    Personally, I prefer the dimensions of the earlier one.

  2. As much as I liked the original, this is really spectacular!

  3. Wonderful beaded knitting for Tulip design. I think it must be very difficult to thread the beads as per design.

  4. I now see why you decided to do the tulips again. It looks simply stunning.

  5. Beautiful!!! I admire your perseverance! The new bag looks perfect. I like how the motifs are not "cropped" by the fold. Easy for me to say ;) but I think it was worth the effort. Have you decided what you're going to do with the first panel? Sewn on a tote bag? A wall hanging? Table runner?

    1. I haven’t thought about it, thanks for those ideas!