Alison Crowther-Smith

‘Gleam’ Throw Pattern

This design appeared originally in Little Luxury Knits, so if you have that book, you also have this pattern.  LLKs is out of print and thus now, sufficient time has elapsed for my copyright to revert to me.  Hurrah!

I will be publishing several of the most popular designs here as downloads and soon, a small brochure of the ‘Top Ten’ designs from this very popular book will be available.

If you can’t wait for that, here is ‘Gleam’.

It is a simple knit, the beauty of the yarn and the many beads doing all the work.  Beads are placed on every right side row, in a staggered pattern.  A gentle flare rather than a frill, also beaded, finishes this off.

You will need 3 balls of Kidsilk Haze (I used Jelly) and approx 1,700 beads size 6, i.e., 3 bags, and a pair of 5.5 mm needles.  That is what I used but you can reduce the gauge if you want a slightly smaller, less airy knit.

Placing beads in knitting is really very easy.  I rate this as a straightforward piece to make.

To wear it, however, is very different.  It feels fantastic, with its glamorous combination of feather-light luxury yarn and a canopy of gleaming beads adding weight and drama.  You cannot buy items like this.  But you can knit them.  Buy this design here, £4:

A statement piece: glamour and comfort combined