Knitting With Soft Flex Craft Wire8:00 AM
I learned to knit with Soft Flex Beading Wire which is flexible and bouncy. Knitting with Craft Wire is much more rigid and I admit, I found it to be challenging. After two failed attempts I finally got a chain going on my third try. I decided to add some beads to the chain as I knitted. I had some yellow chip beads left over from a previous project and liked the brown and light yellow color combo, very earthy. I strung all my beads on the wire before I started knitting.
I created this design with Style 1 from our How to use the Knitting Spool tips page. I made the mistake of knitting without much thought of the size of the chain I needed. With Soft Flex Beading Wire, if I made the knitted wire too long I can easily back out some knits and shorten the design. With Soft Flex Craft Wire, not so much. I made the chain much too long for a bracelet, my initial intention. Then I thought maybe an anklet ... nope still to long. Then I thought I could make myself a necklace but, it was much too short. Finally, I realized it would fit my 7 year old son, who is enjoys wearing jewelry as well as happily giving jewelry we've made away to friends.
Despite some frustration with the rigidness of the wire, the look of the finished design is interesting and something I will try again. Here are some lessons I learned for next time: