Galatea is a simple and very lovely necklace, created by Sivia Harding, and tremendous fun to knit and create.
Here is how she describes it:
Galatea is a Greek name meaning “she who is milk white”. This neckpiece reflects that ideal in its simplicity and purity of form.
"Galatea is a graceful lariat neckpiece that flatters all body types and is easy and fun to knit.
"The center fringe beads can be anything you fancy… lampwork, ceramic, even semi precious stones. The spiral beaded cord design is a simple variation of I-cord. Beads are added by two methods: the fringe beads are strung onto the yarn and the decorative cord features crochet hooked beads.
"Bead requirements: about 220 size 6/0 seed beads; bigger beads such as lampwork, Czech fire-polished faceted rounds, or hand blown glass beads for center fringe.
"The cord requires a fingering weight yarn, and I recommend a silk, bamboo, or tencel blend yarn for softness and drape."
So pick out some lovely yarn -- you might even have some leftover from a delicious project -- and at least 20 grams of size 6/0 beads. We do have some larger beads that would work beautifully and if you would like some help putting together a kit, just let me know.
In the past, we had this great design in kit form only --- here we offer the pattern, a hard copy, that you can use to create your own magic.
You will also need one of the very thin crochet hooks to add the 6/0 beads to the i-cord. Those we carry -- let me know if you have any trouble finding them. Sivia recommends size 3 (3.25 mm) double-pointed needles or size to get a gauge of approximately 32 sts and 24 Rounds = 4"/10 cm in the Spiral Beaded I-cord Pattern.
Fun fun fun! What a great piece!