Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Knitting with wire

Last weekend I took a workshop on wire knitting and yes it is as strange as it sounds!

Although I can knit I am not the most proficient so I did wonder whether I had bitten off more than I could chew. Being someone who tends to cast on stitches rather tightly I was convinced I had gone beyond my abilities when trying to knit the first row. Fortunately, the groans coming from the more experienced knitters reassured me that I wasn't the only one who was struggling, and after the first row knitting with wire did get a bit easier.

Wire-knitted bracelet
The wire used is 0.5mm and for this size I cast on 26sts and knitted 6 rows adding a bead every other stitch on alternate rows. As with knitting with wool and beads, the beads are threaded onto the wire before the knitting is started. I used 39  beads in this bracelet.

 To make the bracelet you need to roll the knitted piece back on itself (or in on itself if you want the beads encased) and then "sew" the raw edges together with more wire. The end caps have jump rings looped through with wire that is then secured to the end of the bracelet.

Next time I will definitely cast on the stitches more loosely, but apart from that it was all pretty straightforward, if a little sore on the fingers!

Once my fingers have recovered I will definitely have another go at this, it was quick to do and I would like to think that I will get neater and quicker with practise, but then again maybe not :)

As far as sewing goes I have been paper-piecing away to get a block finished for Quiet Play's Just my Type quilt. My allocated word was Comfort and I could certainly have done with some of that after the wire knitting.

QP Text block

The letter blocks came together really easily and apart from the self-inflicted error of a mark (chocolate??) on the white of an O block, which had to then be replaced,  it was a joy to do from start to finish.

So this is what my WIP list looks like now
  • In Color Order HST BOM - Top Completed
  • (Almost) Irish Chain quilt basted
  • Tsatime quilt pieced, backed and basted COMPLETED
  • 5 blocks of NY Beauty QAL completed and fabric cut for remaining 5 blocks
  • 14 blocks of Craftsy BOM completed (way behind schedule) 
  • Sunday Morning Quilt Bee blocks completed and sent (ahead of schedule!)
  • Star of Africa Bee blocks completed and sent (on schedule just!)
  • Friendship Bag Swap - Bag made ready to be filled
  • Modern Scrappy Bits Swap 3rd Round signed up
  • Triple Zip A Long pouch  COMPLETED
  • Curved Seams Challenge signed up COMPLETED
  • And And Sew On BOM - first block completed
  • Just my Type paper-pieced block  COMPLETED
  • Everything but the Kitchen Sink SAL - no progress
I have pulled out my Craftsy BOM blocks and even printed out the instructions for the remaining blocks so, who knows, maybe it will see some movement soon.

Hope you have had a productive week.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday and WOW


  1. Your bracelet is gorgeous! I've made a knitted wire bracelet or two, but I didn't sew the ends together to roll it in, I left it as more of a cuff and I used seed beads. I also wear a knitted wire flower brooch. It does get easier but I've never got any quicker at it!

  2. I just love that bracelet! It is really wonderful.

  3. Love that bracelet! I've seen them before but didn't hear about the process until now. I have never been a knitter, so this is truly impressive. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Such a pretty bracelet and I love your comfort block. What a great idea for a quilt.

  5. The bracelet is just wonderful, Fiona! Chocolate on a quilt is something I would do!

  6. That bracelet is lovely - your jewellery making skills are definitely coming on leaps and bounds! Although knitting with wire sounds painful!

  7. Very cool! Those paper pieced letters look so perfect :-)

  8. The knitted bracelet looks like a fun project.

  9. Ooh your knitted bracelet looks just lovely! What a clever idea!

    Loving your paper pieced blocks - can't wait to see them in person!

  10. I didn't ever like knitting with rough yarn, so I think I'll avoid knitting with wire, although it looks fascinating. Learning how to paper piece letters... that's something I would like to try. It has never occurred to me that it could be done.

    I needed the tissues at Les Miserables last night. That's a movie I'd go back to see again.

  11. Beautiful, I wonder if you could knit with those thimbles that are like plasters to stop your fingers getting sore?

  12. wonderful colours you chose for your beads on your wire bracelet, I'm not sure I would have the patience to make one though. Cheers Glenda

  13. Oh I so wanted to learn how to knit with wire, and crochet too, but I need to be able to do it in wool first, and, err, I suck! Love yours though!

  14. What a fab idea, wish I could knit and wish I hade a Make near me!

  15. Your wire bracelet looks great. I've never thought of knitting with wire! And your letter blocks are brilliant. So many exciting things to try - so little time...


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