The Knitala Collection - Beady

For my 51st birthday I ordered a charcuterie graze board from a local business in the Nicola Valley and it came on a copper platter, to be returned after use. The pattern on the platter was the inspiration for the Knitala Collection, starting with Copper Platter and followed by I Can Knit Myself Flowers, Liberal Snowflake {I identify as one}, and Double Helix. You can’t knit just one! The pattern collection is available in my Ravelry store.


The Knitala Beady is a stand-alone pattern of the Knitala Collection I created just for my subscribers and I’m so excited to share it. Consider the whole collection more of a recipe than a pattern and have fun with it. I am of course sharing all the details about the sample I knit but depending on the yarn and needles you use you can get wildly different results. Knit knit hooray!

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The Knitala Beady pattern is knit in the round, starting at the centre.



Various sizes, from 10”/25cm to 12”/30.5cm in diameter, depending on yarn and needles used.


Yarn and Yardage

For the Knitala Beady I used Drops Alpaca fingering weight yarn, in the colour Off White [50 g (1.8 oz) / 183 yds (167 m); 100% alpaca]; 0.5 skeins, 25g, 92 yds (84 m) used for sample.


About 25 g of any fingering weight will work, even sport weight. I recommend using a semi-solid or solid colour, a variegated yarn won’t shine on a hoop.


Needles and Notions

  • US1/2.25mm - US4/3.5mm circular needles, 32” (80 cm) length recommended for magic loop. Alternatively, you can also use a set of 5 DPNs of the same size
  • For the Knitala Beady sample I used a US2/2.75 mm circular needle.
  • Stitch markers to mark each repeat (optional), it is helpful if one marker is different to mark the beginning of round.
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
  • Crochet hook 1 mm for adding beads to stitches
  • Beads (I used silver-lined glass seed beads 0/9)
  • Metal or wooden hoops, various sizes. Most commonly, 10” or 12” will fit – but you can adapt the pattern to any size by using different needles and changing your gauge.


Well, I don’t know. It depends on how much you stretch the yarn to fit onto the size of hoop you choose. As you know, yarn is magical. I know it’s sort of a nail biter, but just start and see what happens! You can always shorten the chart or keep going, or you frog and switch to a different needle. Be reckless, go for it!

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