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New Pal

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Posted - 12/15/2005 :  7:48:32 PM  Show Profile Send AnnDS a Private Message
Is anyone working on the wire menorah/votive sleeves? It's a very easy pattern, but I think the wire yardage and bead numbers are inadequate. I've tried twice to make a sleeve with just 5 yards, and even stretching it as I go, I come up very short -- about half to two-thirds of the way around a plain glass votive holder.

My advice to anyone making this pattern is to leave the wire on the spool, load about 50 or so more beads than suggested (you can always drop them later), and knit right from the spool. Don't cut the wire until you know the sleeve is the right length (about 7.25 inches for a standard, plain votive holder).

Good luck! This really is a very pretty item when finished!

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Posted - 12/16/2005 :  12:42:43 PM  Show Profile  Visit booglass's Homepage Send booglass a Private Message
I am not working on this but would love to! Where is the pattern? Tell me more......


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Posted - 12/16/2005 :  1:15:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit JeanneL's Homepage Send JeanneL a Private Message
I saw these on a blog -

She gives details on pattern, etc. I'd love to make these!

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New Pal

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Posted - 12/26/2005 :  08:48:03 AM  Show Profile Send AnnDS a Private Message
The pattern is in Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick. The pattern is by Annie Modesitt. I accidentally made this a new topic post, but it really belongs under posts for that book.

I've made a few more of these since posting, and here's what I do: I use a spool of 24-gauge copper wire (I've been into burgundy) and I do NOT measure or cut it. I just leave it on the spool.

I load about 220 beads on my wire and just knit from the spool. I haven't had too few beads yet (usually I have too many). I just leave the beads on the spool for the next sleeve.

About 6 inches goes around a standard glass votive holder (straight), so I knit in stockinette for about 30 rows (just use the votive holder as a guide, as your knitting may be different).

As Annie Modesitt suggests, make sure you 'block' along the way, pulling and shaping your sleeve as you go. It looks good stretched out a bit.

I also tried skipping rows (using beads only on the knit rows), but I really like it better as is, with beads on every row. Don't worry if the beads escape their place -- it looks better that way.

Good luck -- this is a fun and quick project.
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