Mini Lace and Beaded Flag (April)

April’s project in the BOBBOL 2013 Series

BOBBOL stands for Bits of Beads/Bits of Lace, and expands the popular Bits of Lace 2012 Series with additional types of small lace projects and the addition of projects for building skills in beading.

For April, we knitted Mini Lace and Beaded Flag, a miniature version of the red, white and blue U.S. flag. The lacy stripes and beaded stars symbolize the flag proudly waving in the breeze.

Originally I was thinking we would do this project in May as a tribute to Memorial Day and also to be ready for the 4th of July Holiday. However, doing the project one month earlier should allow everyone to be done in time to celebrate Memorial Day.

Apologies to our non-U.S. members. I hope you will still knit along as there are a bunch of things I am going to point out that you can practice now and carry over to other projects. For example, a neat trick to carry the unused stripe color up the side without showing. No extra weaving in of ends!

If you missed the knit-along for Mini Lace and Beaded Flag, you can purchase the pattern now and still take advantage of free support articles for making this project.

Mini Lace and Beaded Flag e-Pattern
Knit a miniature version of the red, white and blue U.S. flag. The lacy stripes and beaded stars symbolize the flag proudly waving in the breeze. The pattern instructions include a neat trick to carry the unused stripe color up each side without showing. No extra weaving in of ends! This is the updated version that contains both charted and written instructions.
Price: $7.00

Knit, learn, and enjoy the making!

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29 Responses to Mini Lace and Beaded Flag (April)

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  3. Peggy Laine says:

    Is there any way we can store the free pattern on Ravelry? That would be grand.

  4. Kathryn Bertram says:

    Thanks for the pattern can hardly wait to try the beading with knit.

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  6. Janie says:

    Thanks for the pattern, although this is above me for the moment. I have enjoyed the lace bookmark, and cross pattern and some of the other easier ones. I look forward to doing this eventually though. :-)

  7. TinaLu says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to knit this flag. I look forward to your FB postings, as well as those on your website! You have brought my knitting to a whole new level and I’m enjoying every minute!

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  9. Elizabeth says:

    I downloaded the pattern. If I am reading it correctly, you would need double the number of beads, so 100 instead of 50. It looks like there is a bead on the front and a bead on the back at each position for a bead, hence double the number.

    • jackiees says:

      I’m not sure where you are interpreting that there is a bead on both the front and a bead on the back at each position? Beads are placed on the right side rows only. 50 “stars” = 50 beads only.

      Does this answer your question? Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Each of the stars in the graphed pattern has the description:
        p1-sl bead-p1 on RS, k1-sl bead-k1 on WS

        Oh, now I see, the rows the stars are not all either odd or even rows, but a combination of both, and it will depend on which side which stitch combination is used.


        • jackiees says:

          That is correct. A little later on this month, I’ll be sharing a Behind the Design Scenes discussion of why that approach was used for this pattern project.

  10. PeggyBeryl says:

    Cannot download pattern for mini beaded flag and cannot order hard copy. I get a red message that I have exceeded my allowance; tried a beaded bag below the flag pattern and get the same message. Unless I hear from you I will give up on this site.

    • jackiees says:

      I am here to try to help you. I am not sure why you are getting an “exceeded allowance” message, though. Do you have a bandwidth limitation on your computer?

  11. Sharon says:

    Jackie, thank you for the mini flag lace pattern. Do you know if there are kits available to buy? If so, where?

    Thank you

    • jackiees says:

      I do have kits, but unfortunately had to leave suddenly for a medical emergency (not mine) and won’t be in a position to mail out orders for at least a couple of weeks.

      You should be able to pick up materials (same or similar to what I used) in most any craft store or craft department. The beads don’t have to be of particularly high quality since the little flag is not going to be washed a lot like you would otherwise need to be careful about with a wearable item.

      If you have questions about whether something in particular might work or not, let me know and I’ll try to give you my best guidance.

  12. linda says:

    Jackie, thank you for sharing this great pattern my late husband was a war vet and I so appreciate all our men and women and their families do for all of us. So glad you posted this pattern now and we have time to make before the holidays.

  13. Jen says:

    Jackie, all of your patterns are wonderful, this one is also amazing! Thank you so much!

  14. vasillisa says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this great pattern!

  15. Toni Lorenz says:

    Thank you, Jackie, for sharing this pattern. I appreciate your sentiment on the first page. My nephew enlisted because of this very event.

    When looking for beads, I am not recognizing the sizing on most packaging. Is there a special way to interpret the numbers? Thank you.

    • jackiees says:

      Size 10/0 and 11/0 beads are approximately 2 mm diameter. The larger the number, the smaller the bead. An easy way to measure bead size is to compare the bead to the holes in your knitting needle gauge. 2 mm is equivalent to a US 0 knitting needle. Also, see What size beads do you have?

  16. JoanH says:

    As a Mom of three service members, two active and one retired this is a great project.
    Thank you!

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