Sivia Harding has taken a design she had submitted for the book "No Sheep for You" and expanded it into a most marvelous concoction!
To quote Sivia:
"This heavily beaded scarf is an exercise in stream of consciousness knitting. Follow your imagination as you add beaded “rocks” to the ribbed stream... or you can follow one of the four charted designs provided in the pattern."
The scarves shown above, from left to right, use Sylvan Spirit from Green Mtn. Spinnery, Silken by Handmaiden Fine Yarn, Cash Iroha by Noro, and Lady Godiva by Handmaiden Fine Yarn. In other words, you want to use anything that appeals to you ranging from sport weight to worsted weight yarn. Figure on anywhere between 200 and 360 yards to produce an ample piece that will do you proud. The ones seen here used (from left to right) 360 yards, 275, 198, and 275 yards .
Sivia lists the dimensions as "Infinitely variable!" -- if you follow the charted patterns your width will be about 5" (6 1/2) inches to a length of 60" (50"). But bear in mind these are scarves and can be as wide and as long as you have yarn for and wish to make them!
Bead requirements for these scarves are: 1,128 (696, 850, 1,536) size 6/0 seed beads. Our usual containers contain about 420 of the 6/0 beads, so figure on between two and three or maybe even four containers depending on how heavily beaded you wish to make your scarf.
This pattern includes instructions, hints and tips for bead stringing and bead management.
These scarves were knit with US 7/4.5 mm circular or straight needles.
Sivia also gives you what she calls "Further ideas for Play" --- ideas on modifying the shape of each "rock" in the scarf's "river", thoughts on variations of the bead colors, ideas for yarn colors.
Fun! Did I say that already? Well, it bears repeating!