Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Knitting with Wire


Here is my first foray into wire knitting. This is a Christmas present for my sister-in-law, who doesn't read this blog.

Pattern: Annie Modesitt's (Confessions of a Knitting Heretic) Knitted Cuff
Materials: 1 oz. sterling silver dead soft 28 gauge wire
36 4mm blue beads
36 4mm clear beads
US #5 bamboo DPNs
Comments: I cranked this baby out in about 1.5 hours. I think the result is beautiful, and I plan to experiment more with knitted jewelry. One word of caution, knitting with wire is very hard on your hands.

37 Comments:

Blogger Paramedknit said...

I am SO going to do that!! I have been reading about knitting jewelry (sp?), but just haven't jumped in yet!! That is beautiful

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Jeanie said...

Love it Amy!!! I am always amazed at how many different "types" of knitting related crafts there are and it's fun to experiment with all of them!

1:34 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

at one LYS store i went to, i saw a set of size 000 needles. i commented "wow, it would take you forever to knit socks on those!" the proprieter said "those are actually for bead knitting" and she showed me this lovely little beaded bracelet that used glass beads, very fine thread, and those needles to make it.
i imagine knitting with wire must be as difficult to do as knitting with such fine needles! props to you Amy!

2:40 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

It turned out fabulous. I love knitting & crocheting jewelry.

2:57 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Your knitted cuff is beautiful! I love the combination of the silver with the beads. So pretty! My hands get sore just knitting with cotton, so I can only imagine how much harder it is to knit with wire! Awesome job- your SIL is going to love it. :-)

3:14 PM  
Blogger knit_chick said...

I've always wanted to try that, but worry how stressful it on my hands. Your bracelet came really cool looking!

3:27 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

What a cool cuff! I might have to get that book. I love showing non-knitters the cool and funky stuff we can actually make ourselves!

Sarah :)

4:41 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

that is GORGEOUS!! i've seen knitted/crocheted beaded wire and jewelry... but yea, my only thing is that it must be a bit hard on the hands/fingers as the wire isn't as soft as yarn fibers...

4:48 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Wow, I've never even heard of knitting with wire! It turned out beautifully and I'm sure your SIL will love it.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Wow Amy - how cool is that! It's gorgeous!

5:43 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Lovely! I've seen a project where you use a tricord knitting spool. You basically end up knitting in the round and then feed pearls within it. Very neat idea.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

Very pretty!

6:42 PM  
Blogger knittingnurse said...

Again, you just amaze me!

8:35 PM  
Blogger Isela said...

That is lovely. I must try it out too :).

9:45 PM  
Blogger Mom (a.k.a. Mary Ann) said...

Are you going to have supplies for knittin jewelry at Yarntopia?

4:44 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

This is so pretty, Amy! I have often admired the wire knitting I have seen, but have seen very little of it on the blogs. Yours is so nice. I would really like to try this some day. There are some pretty votive holders knit with wire and beads in the new _Handknit Holidays_ book.

Have a good one ;)

5:37 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Fantastic cuff! I took a ring making class last week and the wire was so finicky. I can only imagine the challenge of knitting with it.

6:08 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

That looks so festive for winter. What a great gift idea! Are you going to carry materials for wire knitting at Yarntopia?

6:52 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

Oooh, that's really beautful. How are you ever going to give it away as a gift?

7:57 AM  
Blogger geoknitter said...

Oooh, how cool!! And how can you not love anything associated with "heretic knitting"???

Thanks for the jacket encouragement, I'm creeping along....

8:33 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

It's gorgeous Amy! And if you really want some snow I can try to figure out a way to mail some down to you. ;)

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Brynne said...

Beautiful! I've only knitted with yucky craft store wire. I have to imagine that silver is a little more pleasant, at least in the finished product!

12:11 PM  
Blogger keohinani said...

maybe you could do a co-op with a bead store or something...or open yarntopia by one. you know how knitters loooooooove their handmade stitch markers! just a thought...
anyways, don't forget to post your entry to the "you know you knit too much when..." contest!
thanks :)

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

That is *so* cool! I feel all inspired to knit some jewelry now! Now to just find the supplies over on my side of Houston...

4:42 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

AMY it is wonderful, she is going to love it :) hope you make it to the party on Sat....

8:28 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

it's so beautiful! great job!

8:07 AM  
Blogger Nik said...

Sometimes the beauty of other people's projects inspire me to want to delve into new things.

Girl, I'm knitting one too!

Absolutely beautiful.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Over a year ago I saw a wire/bead knitted evening bag that I wanted to give a try and my LYS didn't have the stuff. I would love to do that sometime. I did wonder how my hands would feel afterwards. Teach the class, I'll come down!

12:18 PM  
Blogger SweetPeaknits said...

That looks great. Well done.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Chrissy said...

Ohhhh. That looks beautiful. I absolutely have to make one!!

4:44 PM  
Blogger strangelittlemama said...

ummmm, you haven't posted in what? a week? so TAG, you're it!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Cirilia said...

Hi Amy! I am so so bad these days about getting back to people, but you've been in my thoughts. I am so excited for you and Yarntopia! Having great yarn is only half the battle when it comes to having a successful store. From what I can tell you have the other parts that really matter, infectious enthusiasim for the craft and a genuine sweetness. People will respond to that! Good luck with everything, and if you have any questions for me, we're both in the 'biz' now ;)

6:25 PM  
Blogger JustApril said...

Cool

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Esther said...

The bracelet is BEAUTIFUL!! I haven't tried jewelry yet but your piece has inspired me...it's lovely!

3:56 PM  
Blogger Mica said...

That's awesome, so where do you buy special wire to knit w/?
Do you happen to have a frapp*r?
http://www.frappr.com/?a=myfrappr&id=169072

1:24 PM  
Blogger Kalendar Girl said...

WOW!!! That turned out really really cool! And your kids are awesomely cute.... I miss being around all the kids I used to be around when I was a teacher : (

7:33 PM  
Blogger Cristina said...

this came out super fabulous and very inspriring....just might try my own!

3:49 PM  

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