Oh, dear readers, this project was such a thorn in my side! I wanted to make a Tarth sigil hankie back when I first started this blog, but the design (quartered, with a moon on an azure background and a sun on a rose background) didn’t lend itself to the minimalist aesthetic I was going for. But with Brienne being one of my favorite characters, I thought a bit about what kind of craft I could make that was Tarth-related.
Then, it hit me.
I’ve done bead knitting before, although it had been so long I had to remember how to do it. And then, when I was halfway through the design, I realized that the yellow beads I had chosen didn’t contrast enough with the rose beads, so my sun looked like a slightly lighter blob. So I had to undo my work, buy new beads, re-string the beads and redo all my knitting. It SUCKED.
But second time’s the charm, and I’m pleased with how it turned out.
And here’s how you can make one yourself!
- Size 0 knitting needles
- 1 skein Cascade Heritage yarn in charcoal
- Beading needle
- 521 0/8 seed beads (220 azure, 181 rose, 40 white/silver, 80 yellow/gold)
Gauge: 16 rows/9 stitches=1 inch
Size: 6 inches x 6 inches
NOTE: There are a couple of different ways to do beaded knitting. I chose the pre-stringing method. The beads are pre-strung on the yarn prior to knitting. Then when the pattern calls for a bead, the bead is moved right next to the right needle, and the next stitch is knit. The bead symbol on the pattern refers to placing the bead and knitting the stitch after it. You can also place the beads on the stitches as you go with a crochet hook. This post gives a good tutorial on how to do that.
Here is the order in which you string the bead colors, helpfully broken up by rows (r=rose, a=azure, g=gold and s=silver):
1r 1g 1r 1g 2r 1g 1r 13a
3r 3g 3r 13a
1g 1r 5g 1r 1g 4a 1s 5a 1s 2a
2r 7g 1r 4a 1s 5a 1s 2a
2r 7g 1r 4a 2s 3a 2s 2a
2r 1g 1r 5g 1r 1g 4a 7s 2a
5r 3g 3r 5a 5s 3a
5r 1g 1r 1g 2r 1g 1r 13a
12a 5r 1g 1r 1g 2r 1g 2r
3a 1s 5a 1s 1a 6r 3g 4r
3a 1s 5a 1s 1a 3r 1g 1r 5g 1r 1g 1r
2a 2s 3a 2s 1a 4r 7g 2r
2a 7s 1a 4r 7g 2r
2a 5s 2a 3r 1g 1r 5g 1r 1g 1r
9a 6r 3g 4r
8a 5r 1g 1r 1g 2r 1g 2r
Slide beads on to yarn with beading needle.
Cast on 45 stitches.
Knit 23 more rows.
Follow pattern (all stitches will be knit):
Knit 30 rows, or as needed to fit arm.
Cast off stitches, leaving a long tail.
Block knitting; knit together seams. Weave in ends.
Enjoy your sassy armwarmer and very warm wrist!
I hope this tutorial is clear. Let me know if you have any questions or comments below!