Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vintage Inspired Beaded Sweater

This is my very first beaded knitting project, finished back in 2005.

I have only worn this sweater once before, mostly because I have a hard time finding something to wear with it (yes, it is one of those projects).

The pattern is from Vintage Knits, a book I first discovered at my local library, in their somewhat dismal crafts section.  While I would have preferred the actual vintage pattern with the keyhole opening and the beaded collar and cuffs, the patterns have been reworked for a more modern look.  

With a few more years of knitting experience under my belt, I would probably have added beads to the ribbed arm and neck openings, but I am very pleased with the result.

The most challenging part of the process was getting the darn seed beads on the yarn.  Once that was accomplished, with the help of a bit of thread and a needle, the knitting was very straight forward.

Because the front and back pieces are identical, I added a small piece of yarn tied in a bow to create a “tag” – this way I always can tell the front from the back.

Now I just have to find another skirt to wear with it.  Perhaps that is my cue to pull out some fabric . . .

Sweater:  Made by me.
Skirt:  Made by me. (McCalls 3315)
Shoes:  Nine West “Zann” in Pewter from


  1. Your knitting is so even! I really like this and surprised you don't have much to go with it. It looks fab with this skirt though!

  2. Your sweater is lovely. You should certainly make it a point to make more clothes to match it!

    I'm not a knitter, but i am a beader.

    For future reference, you may be able to use something like this to help with the seed beads.

    I have seen highly priced ones, made from hardwood, but i myself have a cheap version (found for about $7), and it works fine for the few-and-far-between times that i use it. It truly takes about 5 minutes to put inches of seed beads on a thread. A friend of mine who uses hers constantly, says the trick is in the needle. If you buy it new, it should come with a needle, but if you luck out and find a used one that is missing its needles, here are replacement ones:

    I do not know how big the yarn you use may be, but you could also make a needle out of a piece of wire- my friend had done that at one point- the curve at the end is important. If your yarn is too big, i'd use a needle and thread, then tie the thread to the end of the yarn, and thread the beads on that-a-way.

    THanks for sharing your beautiful pieces with us.