Where creativity & imagination go hand-in-hand…AND Kumihimo too!

What a Knit ! is the place to come for ideas, inspiration, instruction, knitting patterns and Kumihimo kits & supplies. We have the best collection of Patchwork Knitting Patterns, a fun Kumihimo  Gallery and plenty of fun things to buy at our Knitting and Kumihimo Storefronts.

For many of us creating is our comfort- a time to imagine, a time of relaxation and a time to be with like-minded creative friends – the ones that understand why Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 11.25.48 AMyou need to buy one more ball of yarn when you already have plenty, the ones that empathize when you don’t know which yarn to take along on a trip, the ones that understand the universal simple words…”just let me finish this row”.

The definition of Knitting is the “act of forming a fabric by looping a continuous yarn”.  The definition of Kumihimo is “the gathering of threads”. And so it is with friendship – in our living, loving and laughing we gather and knit a fabric of friendship. I think Knitting and Kumihimo go hand-in-hand.

Recently I visited my mom, a passionate artist and knitter and the two of us shared our enthusiasm for color and yarn and creating and knitting. I met her creative friends, we took classes and they inspired me! What greater gift is there than inspiration? I hope you will find things on www.WhataKnit.com that inspire you! Thanks for taking a look!

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Beaded Pip Cluster Necklace Kit

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Start the New Year with some sparkle! This mixture of techniques, from past kits, combines braiding with beads and the Cluster Bead Necklace (2011). 
The Preciosa Pip beads are a great style – not too big and not too small.  I have been wanting to try them and when I did, I loved them.  This adjustable length necklace is made with 8/0 seed beads and 5 “clusters” of Pip beads. The beaded portion measures right around 16″ with 6″ of braided tails on either end. The necklace slips over your head and you can adjust the length of the necklace depending on what you are wearing. I like this flexibility. You will need: Kumihimo 6″ or mini disk (a newer disk with tighter slots is recommended), 8 Bobbins, Tape Measure, Scissors, Fray Check or Fray Block . You should know: Kumihimo Round Braid and how to “drop” beads. For a tutorial for dropping beads click here, Kumihimo Tip #14.

Kit includes:
- C-Lon Bead Cord
– 8/0 Toho and /or Miyuki Seed Beads
– Preciosa Pip Beads
– Barrel bead for Adjustable Closure
– Wide Eye Needle
– Instructions with Photos

IMG_439839143Beaded Pip Cluster Necklace
Nebula & Galvanized Silver
 

$28

Bronze close upBeaded Pip Cluster Necklace
Metallic Dk Bronze & Hematite
$30

December 9, 2014 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Kumihimo Tip #28

Add spiral bindings to your  craft books, cook books, etc.This is a great tip if you don’t already do this. I learned this from my friend, Paula Rachuy. At a workshop, she showed up with all her Kumihimo Books bound with spirals instead of the regular book binding. The spiral binding allows you to open the book and have the pages lie flat. How many times have you been trying to follow the instructions or diagram and the book won’t lie flat? It’s a pain in the neck. Paula gathered up all of our books and took them to our local copy shop and had then bound with spirals. It was not expensive and it makes worlds of difference!

December 9, 2014 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

Kumihimo Tip #26

Check your work frequently; especially when Braiding with Beads.
A  friend of mine sent me an email the other day and said, “I got to the end of my beautiful beaded necklace and when I looked at it, I had missed a bead”.

This tip is to serve as a reminder to periodically check your work. Sometimes I can get carried away with my braiding and then I get to the end and I find that I have missed a bead. Without hesitation, I braid backwards until I reach my mistake, fix it and then move forward. It’s pretty quick to “un-braid”. If, however, you make a mistake and you think you can “live with it” then move forward happily. This is okay too.

When braiding with beads, missing a bead can do a few things to your braid some of which include:

1. Creating an empty spot, “a hole”.
2. Throwing your pattern off if you are beading a braid with a repetitive pattern.
3. Can throw off the alignment of accent beads that are dropped along an edge.

I have a customer that was working on the “Beaded Petal Fringe Necklace” and she could not get the petals to line up. She checked her beads to make sure they were strung correctly. Her bobbins were marked. She was doing everything right but just could not get those darn beads to “line up”. So I suggested that she send me her disk, braid and bobbins with the work she had done so far and I would take a look at it. I received it in the mail, fixed it in the Post Office parking lot and returned it. About a 1/4″ before she started dropping the “petals” she had missed a bead and that one missed bead threw off the entire braid. A simple, simple mistake. But frustrating. Check your work as you go and watch for those missed beads!

 

Hope this helps!

December 9, 2014 at 8:33 am Leave a comment

Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates

When you can’t decide what to get, the next best thing is a Gift Certificate! Order in the amount you would like, I will send the certificate to the purchaser and then you can give the Gift Certificate to whomever you like! When the lucky recipient is ready to order, they will simply go on my website, make a list of what they want and email the order to me. If they go over the Gift certificate allowance, I will let them know. It’s that simple.
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$25.00   
$35.00   
$50.00   
$75.00    
$100.00  
$125.00  
$150.00  

October 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Kumihimo Tip #25

Building a Beautiful Braid – Pairing Beading Cords with Seed Beads… 
As more and more braiders are using beads in their Kumihimo, there are more and more questions about how to braid a beaded braid that has the right feel and consistency.
Your beaded braid should be even and consistent and the hand should feel supple and solid. The definition for supple is: “bending readily without breaking or becoming deformed; plain; flexible”.  Your braid should have a nice solid feel to it while still being flexible. 
When your braid turns out irregular or “squishy” I look at these two things first:
1. Your counterweight may be too heavy. Think of it this way, if your weight is too heavy it is pulling on your braid. When the weight is released, if the braid and been pulled with too much weight, when it relaxes it can have a squishy or loose feel. Truthfully, when braiding on a disk, 99% of the time I do not use a counterweight. The tight slots on the dense foam disk function to hold the cords under perfect tension. I designate a disk or two to be used with my finer braiding cords and another disk or two to be used with my thicker braiding cords. As long as the slots have not become stretched out, they will hold tension beautifully. Sometimes a small weight is nice when you start a braid as it keeps the tails in place. If you are braiding with beads, as the beaded braid gets longer, it becomes its own weight. Keep some disks on hand so when you are braiding with a finer bead cord, you’ll have a new disk that is ready to go!
2. Another problem is not correctly pairing beading cord with bead size. For example, if you use too fine of a cord and too big of a bead, the end result of your braid can be loose and squishy. I use two sizes of beading cord: C-Lon Bead Cord (finer) and C-Lon Tex 400 (thicker). I sell both on my website.
  • When I make a braided rope with all 8/0 seed beads, I use C-Lon Bead Cord. (approximately 0.5mm and 34 lb breaking strength)
  • When I make a braided rope with all 6/0 seed beads, I use C-Lon Tex 400. (approximately 0.9mm and 75 lb breaking strength).
  • When I mix bead sizes (6/0 and 8/0), I find it works well to use the finer cord (C-Lon Bead Cord).
(I do not use a core with any of my beaded braids except for the Beaded Candy Cane. That is made with 8/0 seed beads, C-Lon Bead Cord and a wire core).
Hope that helps!

Click here for Petite Satin Cord, Kumihimo Rayon Ribbon, Kumihimo Rayon Gimp, C-Lon Bead Cord and C-Lon Tex 400.

October 2, 2014 at 7:42 am Leave a comment

Special – Kumihimo Necklaces

Ready to Wear Necklaces!

It is always the most fun to make something. But, there are those times when there are not enough hours in the day to make that special something. Maybe you’ll find something here…already made for you or a gift for someone else! New items coming everyday so keep checking back. All pieces are one-of-a-kind.

6/0 & 8/0 Seed Beads
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 17 1/2″
Teal Beaded
Bicone
Boro Glass
Bead Necklace
$38
6/0 & 8/0 Seed Beads
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 17 1/2″
Dk Rose Beaded
Bicone
Boro Glass
Bead Necklace
$38
SOLD
6/0 & 8/0 Seed Beads
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 17 1/2″
Black Beaded
Bicone
Boro Glass
Bead Necklace
$38
6/0 & 8/0 Seed Beads
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 17 1/2″
Olivine Beaded
Bicone
Boro Glass
Bead Necklace
$38
Petite Satin, 6/0 Seed Beads
Boro Glass Focal
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 17 1/2″
Edge Bead
Necklace with
Boro Glass
Focal
Caramel
$24

8/0 Seed Beads
Antique Brass Crimp Hook & Eye
Finished Length 17″
Red Beaded
Boro Glass
Bead Necklace
$35.00

Furnace Glass Wedge Focal Bead
6/0 Seed Beads
Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 17″
Furnace Glass
Focal Bead Wedge
Necklace
$34.00
6/0 & 8/0 Seed Beads
Magnetic End Cap
Finished Length 17 1/2″
Dk Gray
Alabaster
Beaded Necklace
with
Focal
$34Sold
6/0 & 8/0 Seed Beads
Magnetic End Cap
Finished Length 17 1/2″
Shades of Blue
Beaded
Necklace with
Focal
$34
6/0 Seed Beads
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 19″
Painting
with Beads
Ivory Pearl &
Bronze
$34
6/0 Seed Beads
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 18 3/4″
Painting
with Beads
Red &
Gal. Silver
$34
6/0 Seed Beads
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 20″
Painting
with Beads
Soft Pastels
$34
6/0  Seed Beads
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 18 1/2″
Painting
with Beads
Warm Brights
$34
6/0 Seed Beads
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 19 1/2″
Painting
with Beads Fiesta
$34
Sold
6/0 Seed Beads
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 19″
Painting
with Beads
Fun
$34
6/0 Seed Beads
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 18 1/4″
Painting
with Beads
4th of July
$34
6/0  Seed Beads
Magnetic End Cap
Finished Length 18 3/4″
Beaded Necklace
with Focal Bead
Earth
$32
SOLD
6/0  Seed Beads
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 18″
Beaded Necklace
with Furnace
Glass
Focal Bead
Blue
$33
Petite Satin Cord
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 18 3/4″
Boro Glass
Teardrop Edge
Bead Necklace
Purple & Coffee
$18.00
Petite Satin Cord
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 18 1/2″
Boro Glass
Teardrop Edge
Bead Necklace
Turquoise
$18.00
Petite Satin Cord
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 18 1/2″
Boro Glass
Teardrop Edge
Bead Necklace
Black
$18.00
Petite Satin Cord
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 20 1/2″
Boro Glass
Teardrop Edge
Bead Necklace
Bright Pink
& Lavendar
$18.00
Petite Satin Cord
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 19″
Boro Glass
Teardrop Edge
Bead Necklace
Red &
Avocado
$18.00
Petite Satin Cord
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 18 1/2″
Boro Glass
Teardrop Edge
Bead Necklace
Turquoise
& Peach
$18.00
Petite Satin Cord
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 18 1/2″
Boro Glass
Teardrop Edge
Bead Necklace
Lavendar
$18.00
Petite Satin Cord
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 18 1/2″
Boro Glass
Teardrop Edge
Bead Necklace
Teal &
Green Apple
$18.00
Petite Satin Cord
6/0 Seed Beads
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 24 1/2″
Glazed Donut
Edge Bead
Necklace – Plum
$22.00
Petite Satin Cord
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 25″
Glazed Donut
Edge Bead
Necklace -
Orange
$22.00
Petite Satin Cord
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 24″
Glazed Donut
Edge Bead
Necklace -
Straw
$22.00
Petite Satin Cord
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 20 3/4″
Boro Glass
Teardrop Edge
Bead Necklace
Tortoise
$22.00
C-Lon BeadCord
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 16 1/4″
Boro Glass
Teardrop Focal
Beaded Necklace
Lilac
$28.00
Sold
C-Lon BeadCord
All-in-One Magnetic Closure
Finished Length 16 1/2″
Boro Glass
Teardrop Focal
Beaded Necklace
Aqua
$28.00
Sold

October 2, 2014 at 7:04 am Leave a comment

Christmas Kumihimo Kits

Clunky, Funky & Fun Christmas Bracelet KitsCrystal & Glitz Bracelet

Isn’t this fun! The Clunky, Funky & Fun Bracelet is a combination of 4 x 7 Long Magatama Beads and 8/0 and 6/0 Toho/Miyuki Seed Beads. The fabulous Button and Loop Closure is a great technique and can be used in many applications. The nature of this closure allows for flexibility in sizing and allows for easy on & off. I love this and I am sure you will too! There are enough beads and cord in your kit to accommodate a variety of sizes. You will Need: Kumihimo Disk (preferably a new one), 8 Bobbins, Measuring Tape, Heavy Duty Thread, Needle, Glue (like WeldBond). You Should Know: Kumihimo Round Braid, how to “drop” beads.
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Kit includes:
1 Spool C-Lon Beadcord
Magatama Beads
6/0 Toho or Miyuki Seed Beads
8/0 Toho or Miyuki Seed Beads
Button
Barrel
Big Eye Beading Needle
Instructions with photos
(Button and Barrel Bead may vary from photos – will be equally as nice if not even nicer)!

Cost: $19.50 to $24

P.S. Please note that this kits uses C-Lon Beadcord which is a thinner cord than the C-Lon Tex 400. In order to maintain consistent tension on your cords, you should use a disk that is newer and has not been “stretched” out by larger diameter cords. I suggest the Mini Disk (below).

Silver #2
Clunky, Funky & Fun
Magatama Bracelet
Galvanized Silver
$24.00
Boughs of Holly Bracelet
Clunky, Funky & Fun
Magatama Bracelet
Green & Chartreuse
“Boughs of Holly”
$19.50

Peppermint Bracelet
Clunky, Funky & Fun
Magatama Bracelet
S.L Red & Matte White
“Peppermint”
$19.50

Crystal & Glitz Bracelet
Clunky, Funky & Fun
Magatama Bracelet
Crystal & Galvanized Silver
Crystal & Glitz
$19.50

 

MINI Kumihimo Disk 4.25″ by BeadSmith

The BeadSmith Mini Kumihimo Disk is 4.25″ in diameter and is made from a 3/8″ dense foam. There are 32 “slots” that hold your threads at a perfect tension. It’s great to have a few of these on hand.
$3.00 each 
$8.50 for three 


Kumihimo Braided Satin Candy Canes Kit

The Satin Cord Candy Cane Kit is a favorite and it’s very easy to make. The first time I made Kumihimo Candy Canes was for an ornament exchange in my book club. The ingredients are simple and the results are great. Once you’ve made a few, you can decide how you want to embellish your candy canes, i.e. add beads, little jingle bells, bows, etc. I’m giving you a start on the basics and I hope you add your own creative touches. Have fun!

The Kumihimo Candy Cane Kit contains enough materials to make 3 candy canes. The candy cane stick measures 9″ and when shaped into a candy cane the finished length is about 6 1/2″.

With this class-in-a-kit, you’ll learn how to start your braid with a Lark’s Head Knot, braid around a core (in this case a wire stem) and you’ll learn a versatile wrapping technique to finish off the tassel.

Kit includes:

- 30 yards of “Petite” Satin Cord; Red, Green and White
– Three 9″ wire stem cores
– Instructions with lots of step-by-step color photos
– Patterns for 3 different 12 Strand Spiral Braids

Kumihimo Candy Cane Kit (makes 3) $14.00 


Kumihimo Beaded Candy Canes

This is a super fun project. It takes a little more skill than the satin cord candy canes but if you take your time you will be successfulCandy Cane Brights. This kit provides enough materials to make 3 Kumihimo Beaded Candy Canes. You will earn how to start with an “interlaced” end and braid around a core (wire stem) . An interlaced end comes in handy when you want to start with a “finished” end. These are techniques that you can put in your Kumihimo “toolbox” and use in other applications. Follow the directions carefully and you will enjoy making your candy canes. When braiding /beading with the C-Lon Beadcord (finer diameter than C-Lon Tex 400, I find it easier if I use a disk that is new or newer with “slots” that hold the finer cord under tension. You can purchase the mini disks for $3 each (see below).

You will need: Kumihimo Disk, 8 bobbins, tape measure, scissors, heavy-duty thread & needle, Glue (I like WeldBond).
You should know: Kumihimo Round Braid and how to “drop” beads (if you aren’t sure how to “drop beads” see Kumihimo Tip #14).

Kit includes:

  • Materials to make 3 Beaded Candy Canes
  • 1 Spool C-Lon Beadcord
  • 8/0 Miyuki/Toho Seed Beads
  • Three 9″ Wire Stems
  • 3 Different Bead Patterns
  • Wide Eye Beading Needle
  • Instructions with Photos

Cost: $18

 

Colorway #2Beaded Candy Cane Kit
Color Way #2
Pomegranate, S/L Green & Frosted Crystal

$18.00
(3 Candy canes)

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MINI Kumihimo Disk 4.25″ by BeadSmith

$3.00 each 
$8.50 for three 

The BeadSmith Mini Kumihimo Disk is 4.25″ in diameter and is made from a 3/8″ dense foam. There are 32 “slots” that hold your threads at a perfect tension. It’s great to have a few of these on hand.


July 27, 2014 at 7:10 am Leave a comment

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