My lovely friends, hello!
I have been so excited to share this bracelet design with you guys, omg. My newest pattern has been posted for about a week now and the reception has been pretty damn good!
So, cards on the table, I was NOT originally planning to make this bracelet into a written pattern. I made the Picasso version one weekend because I realized that I hadn’t done any St Petersburg stitch in a LONG time and I wanted to make sure I remembered it. I poured out all the Picasso 11/0’s I had and made them into a rough rainbow gradient and went to town!
I had an absolute blast and took it to my LBS (Beaded Bliss) at our weekly beading night and my beady friends kinda lost their minds? I told them all that it was just three rows of double St Petersburg stitch, but they insisted that I write a pattern and teach a class. I was more than happy to oblige, though I will admit a bit of hesitation. I thought it was maybe a bit simple for a pattern – because it really is just one stitch.
So, let me say this – if you already know St Petersburg stitch, just skip this one. I don’t own the stitch by any means and there are SO many free tutorials online. In fact, I think there was even a three-row Double St Petersburg bracelet in a Bead and Button book a few years back (I wasn’t able to find it, but I’m fairly sure it was called “What’s the Buzz?” or something like that).
This is just my version of a common stitch. If you want to know exactly how I do it, from beginning to end, including how I do the clasp ends and how I prefer to manage things so I don’t need to add thread – this pattern is for you. If you already know St Petersburg, skip this one! You’re already good! :)
Anyway, back to the fun stuff. Since I wasn’t planning on making it into a pattern, I wasn’t very careful to use materials that everyone could easily get. The clasp was no longer listed when I first put out the pattern, but I managed to get a hold of Melinda Orr (Bandana Girl) from Orrtec on Etsy and she has relisted them just for us! You can get yours here! Mine was a 27mm with three holes in Pattern #5 with the wine-colored dye, but she has SO MANY beautiful options. Go nuts!
For this second version that I made in sunset colors (these colors may look a little familiar, eh?), I used three sets of snap clasps, which you can find just about anywhere, and which you already know I LOVE.
The colors are listed in the pattern. The Picasso one has ten colors and the Sunset Ombre has nine, so they are both pretty extensive lists – just a fair warning. I have gotten lots of people asking about where to get the beads and, to be honest, there’s a lot of beads, so you’re odds of finding every color in one place is a little low. Don’t be afraid to make some substitutions!
I mostly get my beads at Beads Direct USA, because I work there. We do carry all the 11/0’s that I used in the two samples and there’s actually some combo packs that have a fair portion of the beads I used (Combo 3 and Combo 13, specifically). Neither of them have ALL the colors I used, but they’re a good deal and will get most of the colors you need.
Also, Cathy from Beaded Bliss has swooped in to save the day. I don’t make or sell kits, but she does and is planning on making seed bead packs for BOTH sample bracelets. And she’s willing to ship to the USA – so if you wanna skip the bead hunt and wanna get all your seed beads at once, give her a holler and she’ll help you out!
Overall, I am really happy with this bracelet and hope everyone enjoys the opportunity to experiment with St Petersburg stitch. It was really fun to teach and I hope the pattern is nice and clear. I think i wanna do one in an ocean ombre. What do you guys think?