Aquitaine/ Beaded Kits II

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Abyss is on the left; Ash is on the right.
Abyss is on the left; Ash is on the right.
Sivia's original cuffs.
Sivia's original cuffs.

Sivia Harding has created a gorgeous design here.  We periodically find great yarn and bead combos to offer for kits to make this with and here is our latest one. 

Aquitaine is a lovely beaded set of fingerless gloves, in either cuff or gauntlet length.  These are such fun!

The Design

Here is how Sivia describes them:

Aquitaine is an elegant beaded wrist cuff or arm warmer that includes up to four different beads and beading styles. Ruffles, lace and twisted stitches add dimension. The overall effect is charming elegance from another time.

Some beads are pre-strung and some are placed with the add-as-you-go crochet hook method for a variety of effects. Options are given for using only two types of beads, or only one bead color. You are encouraged to make your own bead modifications for a completely unique work of art!

Dimensions for these: Length of cuff (gauntlet): 6 (11)"/15 (28) cm, or as desired. Wrist circumference ofsmall (medium, large): 6 (7, 8)”, unstretched. Cuff will stretch up to 1.5” above this measurement.

I cannot say it enough -- I love these.

And! The pattern is written to allow increases to be inserted as needed for a perfect fit in the long gloves, so it should fit everyone if they try it on as they knit.

The Yarn

These are made of fingering weight yarn -- you will need about 180 yards for the short version shown here and for the longer version, 360 yards.

We offer a different yarn than what Sivia used for her original pieces -- you can see what we have for these kits in the photos right below the top one (which shows one of Sivia's original sets). The rest of the photos are there to show you the design.

What we have set up here are kits that will allow you to make the smaller/ shorter length.  If you would like the larger, either go for two kits or contact us about setting up something special for you. 

These kits include one skein of Shibui Knits Staccato yarn,  a 70% superwash merino/ 30% silk blend with 191 yards (175m) to each 1.75 ounce (50 gram) skein. 

The silk gives it a subtle shine and strength; the merino gives it warmth and softness.  Truly a lovely yarn. 

The Colors

1.  Ash is a lovely medium gray which, with the sheen that comes from silk, looks almost silver. 

2.  Abyss is a black, pure and simple.  Rich and dramatic. 

The Beads

Here is what Sivia lists as beads needed for small (medium, large) pairs:

Bead option 1: Color A, 42 (48, 54) beads; Color B, 112 (128, 144) beads; Color C, 28 beads; Color D, 28 beads.

Bead option 2: Use only Colors A and B.

Bead option 3: Use one bead color/ shape for all types of beads - 210 (232, 254) beads.

You can see from the photos that Sivia used many shapes -- in addition to the 6/0 beads, there are some 4x4mm cubes, and some look to me to have the off-center holes of megatamas.

What we will include in your kit is beads that will "go" with the yarn color you choose, some contrasting and some blending.

If you choose option 1, you will get four different shapes and colors to play with (in variations of 6/0s, 4x4 Cubes, 4mm megatamas, 5/0 Triangles). 

I love how silver beads look with both yarn colorways and one idea would be to have at least one bead (the cubes perhaps) be a strikingly different color, as she also did.

If you have a thought about what you'd like, let me know.  Otherwise I will choose for you.

If you choose option 2, you will get 6/0s and either cubes or megatamas or triangles. If you choose option 3, you will get 6/0s beads for your piece.

Note that A and B each have additional charges to them -- it takes much longer to match up different colors and shapes and work out beads that will all enhance each other and their yarn.

Bear in mind that you will also need stitch markers and a crochet hook, 0.6 mm, or equivalent tool to add the beads with. These are not part of the kit.

Note also that the kit will not automatically include the pattern.

I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Sivia via her Ravelry web page. In this case, choose No Pattern Needed in the Pattern drop-down menu. And this is the way to go if you like your patterns stored in your Ravelry library.

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that. There are 17 pages to this pattern, including charts and written directions.

We also can email the pattern to you via email (just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and generally do that right before I ship your kit).

Just make sure that all three drop-down menus are set as you would like before you check out.

This one is a real beauty and great fun to make!