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November 4, 2017

From Susan — Snowfall – the Pattern – Has Dropped!!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 1:11 am

I have been sitting on this for weeks now, just waiting for all the pieces to fall into place.  Today I finally launched my most recent design.  Somehow I got this inspiration to knit a snowflake hat using beads to create the snowflakes.  Beads replace yarn in the colorwork and it is really fun knitting.

Snowfall Hat and Snowfall Mitts

Sally, friend Kim, and friend Shelley have been wonderful test knitters.  I see more beaded knitting patterns in my future – already ideas are blossoming!!

Here is Sally’s daughter wearing her “Snowy Snowy Night” version:

PS to Nancy: I abhor eight-sided snowflakes!!  How can they be even considered a snowflake??!!??  And the beads are super easy to do.  It’s just knitting.

PS2 to Karen: I really wanted to use dark gray Fresco.  They showed that it existed, but it is listed everywhere as being a discontinued color.  I knew it would be the perfect yarn for the gray version.

I contacted Classic Elite and here is what they replied, “We have discontinued the grays because the angora in the yarn was working its way up through the fabric and then pilling terribly. It seems to be a problem with the dark grays, I don’t know why.  The decision was made to discontinue the color to avoid unhappy customers.  Fresco is not going away. It is a great yarn and we see many years into its future.”  I am sure it will be fine for your projects and I am a bit envious of you using the gray.  But since it was discontinued, I just did not want to use it for the pattern samples.  They recommended Inca Alpaca but it is worsted weight and way too heavy.

PS3 – links to our bead source are included in the patterns.  We got ours from Fire Mountain Gems – size 6 sliver lined.


  1. Brilliant! Snowflakes: the perfect theme for beaded knitting!

    Comment by Gretchen (aka stashdragon) — November 4, 2017 @ 11:55 am

  2. Oh wow, wow, wow! This might be the push I needed to learn how to incorporate beads. And, thank you for having SIX-sided snowflakes.

    Comment by Nancy — November 4, 2017 @ 5:28 pm

  3. Ditto Nancy’s “wow, wow, wow!” These are THE holiday gifts.

    Comment by annie — November 4, 2017 @ 6:11 pm

  4. These are absolutely gorgeous. I wasn’t planning on doing any Christmas knitting this year. These patterns may have just changed my mind 🙂

    Comment by Lucy — November 4, 2017 @ 8:22 pm

  5. These are totally fabulous! I love them!

    Comment by Lee Cockrum — November 4, 2017 @ 8:38 pm

  6. I’m glad it’s not winter here – or at least, not meant to be though it’s chilly enough – or I’d feel obliged to knit these immediately. They are gorgeous! The pattern may, however, call to me more loudly in future when I have nieces with autumn and winter birthdays… Thank you for lovely patterns. Felicity.

    Comment by Felicity from Down Under — November 4, 2017 @ 9:01 pm

  7. This is just lovely! Simple, elegant and beautiful. I’ve been casting about for a hat pattern for a favorite cousin, and this will be perfect. We might all want to coordinate a bead exchange, think of all the possible color combinations.

    Comment by SC — November 5, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

  8. These are beautiful and I’m with you. 6-sided are the ‘anatomically correct’ snowflakes!

    Comment by Helen — November 5, 2017 @ 11:48 pm

  9. Gorgeous. Like SC I am looking forward to all the different color combinations. The two above are beautiful. And ditto re six-sided snowflakes. Poetic license is all well and good but some things just shouldn’t be messed with:-). Chloe

    Comment by Chloe — November 6, 2017 @ 7:21 am

  10. Now I know what to do with the dark grey Fresco yarn that has been living in my stash for too long. Thanks for two terrific patterns!

    Comment by Karen — November 6, 2017 @ 9:46 pm

  11. I love it – especially in the white version with blue beads! Can you tell us which beads you used for that version?

    Comment by Amy — November 7, 2017 @ 6:51 pm

  12. Beautiful beadwork! I just love Fire Mountain Beads. I can get lost for hours on their website.
    Julie in San Diego

    Comment by Julie Lanner — November 8, 2017 @ 10:35 pm

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