So, I have been seeing lots of beautiful bracelets on Pinterest and Facebook made from Potomac Bead Company’s SuperDuo Knit Herringbone video on YouTube and was dying to try it for myself. When I finally got around to it, though, I wasn’t super pleased with the thread showing in the center of the bracelet and the way the turn around looked on the sides. Eventually, I figured out a few tweaks to fix the problems and made these!
I was very pleased with these bracelets and since the original pattern is free and available on YouTube, I wanted to share my tweaks with you, .
So, the first tweak that I made begins at 2:53 where the instructor tells you to pick up one 11/0 and one SuperDuo. In my version, you will pick up two 11/0’s and one SuperDuo, instead. This fills in the gaps and hides the thread. I also think it emphasizes the v-shaped motif of herringbone stitch.
Photo 1: You can see that I’ve picked up two 11/0’s and an SuperDuo
Photo 2: I go down through the two 11/0’s in the row below
Photo 3: I go up through the top hole of the next SuperDuo in the row below
Photo 4: And repeat across the row…
The other tweak I made was on the sides. At 5:42, the instructor says to pick up some 15/0’s to cover the side thread. What I did was go up and around through an 11/0 and then add two more 11/0’s. Here are the photos:
(this is flipped from the last set of pictures – sorry about that)
Photo 1: I’m coming out of the SuperDuo that I passed through after adding my two 11/0’s and SuperDuo. This is where the video tells you to add 15/0’s.
Photo 2: Instead, I go straight up into the beads above and go through the first 11/0 on top of my SuperDuo. This leaves a tiny bit of thread visible, so try to match you colors.
Photo 3: Pull your thread tight and then pick up two 11/0’s.
Photo 4: Go straight up through that top SuperDuo and you’re ready for the next row!
Other than those two tweaks, I pretty much just followed the video. If you have any questions or a step is not clear, please leave me a message in the comments below!
In the meantime, here are some more photos of the two bracelets I’ve made so far like this. The gold one is made with two sets of herringbone and the blue one is three sets wide. I can’t wait to try more color combinations!
Happy Beading, everyone!