The Braided Gems socks – as they were originally conceived! Interweave didn’t like the beads or thought they would be too difficult to insert or whatever, so they are not included in the Braided Gems pattern in Handpainted Socks. To add the beads, do this: between the braids there are three purl stitches. One bead is placed on the center purl stitch every four rows. Work three pattern rows after the last bead row before beginning the heel. That keeps the bead away from the top of the shoe so it doesn’t rub on your foot. This fabulous pink/purple variegated yarn is Pagewood Farms sock yarn that I bought from the beautiful Joan at The Local Needle in Mcclenny, Florida, (904) 259-KNIT / http://www.localneedle.com. It works much better than the darker green colorway used for the book because the braids show better and this yarn is sooooooo soft – merino, yum. The beads are from my stash – just find small (tiny) beads that work with your yarn and are snug on the yarn when you string them. I chose the deep purple beads because they showed up better and because I already had them – I’m still stash-busting, even with my small collection of beads. And, yes, you can knit these socks using two circs or the Magic Loop. I am simply addicted to double-pointed needles – I LOVE them!
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