Me Made May: Glorious Beaded Crochet

17 May 2023
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Pattern: Beaded Diamonds Sweater

Designer: Stephanie Erin (@by.stephanie.erin on IG)

Yarn: The Frosted Stitch (indie dyer from Ontario) Frosted Fingering, 1552 metres (1705 yds)

This sweater is high up on the list of favourite things I’ve ever made! Stephanie is a phenomenal Canadian crochet garment and accessory designer. All her designs feature something that gives the piece a little extra something, be it beads, bows, lace, or colourwork. I have tested two beaded sweater patterns for Stephanie (this one and Hailstorm) and her patterns are written with an incredible attention to detail. This size-inclusive pattern is written in nine different sizes, as well as added instructions for customization, waist and hip shaping, and how to do the beading as you go. It’s done almost completely in single crochet back loop only (sc-blo) worked in the round, which is admittedly slow to stitch up, but results in a fabric with beautiful drape and fit—and no seams! I made a size 3 with no modifications at all. I probably should have adjusted the sleeves to be a little shorter, but there was no way I was frogging and re-doing all the beading on the cuffs!

Ed. note: Stephanie Erin also designed the Willow Cardigan for Digits & Threads, which is included with Studio Membership. Find it here!

Photos by Kim Davidson.

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About Kim Davidson

I am primarily a crocheter, both regular and Tunisian. I enjoy making garments and accessories, and my favourite yarn weights to work with are fingering weight and sport/DK in semi-solid to highly variegated colours, usually in shades of purple! I was born, raised and currently live in the Toronto area, and I especially love working with Canadian designers and indie dyers. I do have a few pattern designs of my own but what I really enjoy is being a pattern tester. I consider myself pretty good at spotting errors - must be my day job as an elementary school teacher-librarian. When I am not crocheting, you can usually find me on the field playing the best sport ever - Ultimate Frisbee!

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