Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Kumibeado and Portuguese knitting

I made two of these today! I made the gold and purple one last night and it's a bit too short for a bracelet, but I might do something else with it. I haven't finished the blue and white one, it was mostly an experiment so it will go into the UFO box I suppose.
So how easy was it?
Pretty easy. I posted a kumihimo video the other day and while you're watching it, look at the related videos and you'll see one where the same gal adds beads. That's really all there is to it.
The blue and white example in the picture and the whitish one were both made with size 8/0 seed beads and heavy duty sewing thread. The gold and purple one is size 6/0 seed beads strung on embroidery thread.
I'll try to work up a better tut for this. In the meantime, "Gypsy" over at Gypsy's Ramblings coined the word "kumibeado" so please slide over there and give her props for being the first to describe it on the internet. And while I'm at it, I want to once again thank Gammie for telling my "yes you can" and nudging me in the right direction. It's still not my "thing" but it was fun while it lasted.
Then today, as if I don't have enough things to learn, I stumbled across this video on YouTube. Portuguese knitting. Who knew. I've always done it the European way but I think the Portuguese way is even faster and probably less strain. A Google search for the term "portuguese knitting" turns up a number of links. There are also a number of videos on YouTube. Check this one out.


  1. Hi! My name is Lígia, I'm Portuguese, I've been knitting since I was 6, that is for 40 years, and I thought the Portuguese way was the European way to knit!
    It is really fast and simple! I'm glad you've found it, and enjoy it! :-))
    We can also have the yarn pass through a pin, attached to our chest, well, to our clothes, but it's harder to control the tension of the thread.
    I really didn't know this was so peculiar of our culture! :-)
    A kiss from Lisboa

  2. Hi Ligia, I call it "European" but that's probably not the correct term. I searched and found a video that shows how I learned to knit and they call it "continental"

    I make a post on my blog with the video. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.