A Sneak Preview


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!



  1. joyknits said,

    November 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Lovely socks! I think the beads are a great touch 🙂

  2. Janice in GA said,

    November 22, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Did you pre-thread the beads onto the yarn, or add them with a crochet hook as you knitted them?

  3. November 22, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks, Joy! I seem to crave lots of sparkle in my life now and these beads add such shine and FUN to the socks.

    Hi Janice: I pre-strung the beads on the yarn. I just did the math: these are the large size (co 75 sts). There are 11 repeats around. The pattern repeat is 4 rows with one bead row (11 beads) per pattern repeat. I did 17 repeats: 17 repeats x 11 beads per repeat = 187 beads per sock x 2 socks = 374 beads total. This particular yarn is over 500 yards per ball, so you can string all the beads on the one ball before you start knitting. Or you can make two balls from the yarn and string half the beads on each if you want to do two socks at the same time – knitters choice! Glad you asked, Janice, because I hadn’t figured the bead count since Interweave didn’t want the beads. Now it is done! [For the small size (co 63 sts), there are 9 beads per repeat x however many repeats you want to do.]

  4. mindy said,

    December 16, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    And another to the queue.

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