I am honored to have been asked by Creative Knitting editor, Kara Gott Warner, to introduce you to my latest design in the January issue, Soutache. This elegant beaded necklace and cuff is perfect for a last-minute holiday gift. This is one of a few pieces that I’ve created for the magazine, and I enjoy working with Creative Knitting to provide designs that not only teach new skills, but also help in using those leftover stash yarns.
The simplicity of Soutache is astounding, considering it looks quite refined and complex. This design is built from four strands of beaded I-cords that are braided together to create a textural rope. I have been creating video tutorials for quite some time and I thought it would be lovely to make one for this design for those of you who are new to beading and/or working an I-cord.
I am a knitwear designer who spent the last five years as the Design Director at Schaefer Yarn Company. I left Schaefer last spring to concentrate fully on my own company, Nelkin Designs and have been relishing every minute of designing and knitting. One medium that I adore is jewelry design. In fact, the first jewelry design I ever created was the Beaded Cuffs, originally created for It’s in the Bag: Knitting Projects to Take & Make, edited by Kara Gott Warner for DRG, publishers of Creative Knitting magazine.
Last May, I released a new project, Adorn, in which I create a new jewelry pattern every month. Adorn is the perfect project for me to explore sophisticated jewelry design. Many of these designs have video tutorial links embedded in them; so if you find yourself challenged, help is only a click away!
Perhaps you are thinking about what to make for holiday gifts? Soutache and many of my other designs can be made in just a few hours and are truly appreciated by the recipient. Knitted jewelry designs also allow you to use up bits of special yarn you just couldn’t throw away. I also make kits for some of my most popular jewelry designs. These have proven to be a fabulous way for knitters to jump into beaded knitting without having to invest too much to try it out! Have you ever knit with beads? If you are thinking about that special gift for teachers, family members, friends or colleagues, make them a treasure they will cherish for years to come!
With Holiday Cheer,