Knit with Beading Wire - Style 1

A timeless tradition that many will recall learning as a child has returned. The knitting spool you may have used with yarn or thread as a youngster has been reimagined for wire weaving. Not only can you change your design by choosing a different style of knitting or size of spool but, you can also use different Soft Flex® wire colors, beading wire diameters or gauges of Soft Flex® Craft Wire as well as threads, cords, yarns and leathers. You can add beads and weave multiple different materials together to create unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry. The possibilities are endless!

Style 1

This style yields a design that looks like Viking Knit. The basic instructions that come with each knitting spool are for this style.

How-to Video for Style 1 on a 5-peg Knitting Spool:



How-to Instructions for Style 1 on a 3-peg Knitting Spool:

1. String the wire down through the center of the knitting spool and use your hand to hold the tail down.

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2. Notice that I numbered each peg on the spool in a counter clockwise fashion. Wrap the wire around Peg 1 from left to right (clockwise).

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3. Wrap the wire around Peg 2 (counterclockwise from Peg 1) from left to right (clockwise).

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4. Wrap the wire around Peg 3 from left to right.

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5. Wrap the wire around the outside and top of Peg 1 (this is a third pass).

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6. Using the stylus, take the loop at the bottom of Peg 1 and pull it up over the wires wrapped above it and into the middle of all 3 pegs.

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7. Once the wire loop is in the middle of all 3 pegs, give a gentle tug from the bottom.

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8. Repeat Steps 5-8 on Pegs 2 and 3.

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9. Continue this pattern until your knitted cord is the length that you prefer.

Style 1 Design Example:
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How-to Video for Finishing a Knitted Design:


Finishing Knitting Instructions - With a Clasp

1. After you have knitted your desired length, the knitted wire chain will come out of the bottom of the spool.

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2. When you are ready to finish your design, trim the wire about 3 inches long.

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3. String the wire through the loop around Peg 1.

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4. String the wire through the loop around Peg 2.

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5. String the wire through the loop around Peg 3.

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6. Pull each loop off of each peg.

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7. Pull the knitted wire chain out of the knitting spool and cinch down the end by pulling on the wire. The end loops will not be perfect in size.

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8. String a cone.

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9. String a crimp tube, half a clasp and pass back through the crimp tube.

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10. Cinch the wire down and crimp. Trim the excess wire and cover the crimp with a crimp cover.

11. Repeat steps 8-10 on the other side to finish the design.


More Knitting Resources

Click here to see knitting style 2
Click here to see knitting style 3

To see more helpful tips about wire knitting, click here to visit our beading blog!