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Millefiore...A thousand flowers

This versatile beaded trio is marvelously decorative, like the millefiore, or thousand-flowered beads that originated in Italy. Millefiore beads look very mandala-like, and I thought it a very appropriate name for a beautifully beaded garment that is knit entirely in the round. Pattern is written and charted. Beads are added by two methods: pre-stringing and the crochet hook add-as-you-go technique.

In each piece, the lace pattern begins at the bottom with a scallop, then becomes a charming textured lace pattern that is lightly shaped as it goes up toward the top. Wimple is long enough to gently cover the head. Wristlets can be worn either way: scallops extending over the hand, or toward the elbow.

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Fingering weight yarn, 400 yards. Samples shown in Black Trillium Trinity Sock (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 370 yds/100 g), 1 skein Serial Knitter Red; and Hazel Knits Sock (100% Superwash Merino, 400 yds/100 g), 1 skein Sassafras. One 100-gram skein should be enough for a wimple and a pair of wristlets, depending on your gauge and knitting style.


Approx. 6.5”/16.5 cm around, 9”/23 cm long, measured unblocked
Cowl (Wimple)
10 (15)”/25 (38) cm long, 24 (24)”/61 (61) cm around bottom edge, 20 (20)”/51 (51) cm around top edge, measured after blocking


23.5 sts and 32 Rounds = 4”/10 cm in lace pattern, measured after blocking
Tighter gauge will result in a smaller circumference; looser gauge will result in a larger circumference.


Wristlet: Size 4 US / 3.5 mm needles, choice of double pointed needles, 2 circulars, or one long circular
Cowl and Wimple: Size 4 US / 3.5 mm circular needle, 16”/40 cm long
Size 6/0 round or 4 mm magatama seed beads, 60 (180, 222) for pair of wristlets (cowl, wimple)
Size 13 or 14 US / 0.6 or 0.75 mm crochet hook
Dental floss threader or big eye beading needle
Stitch markers


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