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LEARN and CREATE – the « Kawaii Kitten », an element in brick stitch

With the brick stitch, it is really easy to increase and decrease and to create different shapes. The visual difference between the brick and the peyote stitch sits in the direction of the beads: in the first the beads lay vertically, while in the second they lay horizontally. As the brick stitch has a natural tendency to decrease, this little element will learn you different ways to increase. You can use the « Kawaii Kitten » as a pendant or a keychain pendant.

Challenge:

In the brick stitch the right thread tension is really important to ensure the beauty of your needlework. Neither too tight, nor too loose will do well.

Supplies for the «Kawaii Kitten»:

  • 11/0 Delica beads in four colors: Delica A (outline), Delica B, Delica C (details), Delica D (details)
  • polyethylene thread (fishing line or fireline)
  • James John needle #10 or #12
  • scissors and a bead mat

Chart, Kawaii Kitten

Weaving instructions for «Kawaii Kitten»:

  • cut off a comfortable length of thread
  • create a base row in ladder stitch
  • pick up 2x Delica A and circle back through the 1st Delica
  • pass your needle through the next bead
  • note : the 2 Delica's sit next to each other
  • to secure your beads: circle up and down through every bead once more till you get to the other side
  • you end up opposite the tail thread
  • *pick up 1x Delica A, circle back through the last bead
  • pass through the bead you just added to get in place for the next bead
  • go back through the previous bead as well as through the bead you added**
  • repeat *...** nine more time to line up 12 beads
  • note : with each bead you add, your thread ends up in the opposite direction of the previous position
  • pictures and beginner's guide - https://dunebeads.com/en/learn-and-create-the-flat-brick-stitch-on-a-foundation-of-ladder-stitch-part-1
  • continue in brick stitch:
  • note: in the brick stitch you attach the beads by passing your needle underneath the thread in between 2 Delica's of the previous round
  • remember: to finish a thread or add a new thread, go with your needle diagonally through your work piece and add some half hitch knots
  • 2nd round: pick up 1x set Delica A + Delica B (or a total of 2 beads)
  • pass your needle underneath the thread between the 2 Delica's of the previous round

Kawaii Kitten - round 2, start brick stitch

Kawai Kitten - round 2, attach a set of beads

  • go with your needle up through the 2nd bead you just added
  • note : you increased the number of beads
  • to add another Delica B, pass your needle underneath the thread in between the next set of Delica's
  • and go up through the bead you just added
  • continue in the same way and add 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, three times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, 2 times 1x Delica B
  • make another increase and pick up 1x Delica A, go with your needle DOWN through the last bead of the previous round and Up through the previous bead of that round

SEEPART 1

LEARN and CREATE – the « Kawaii Kitten », an element in brick stitch - part 1

CONTINUATION

Kawaii Kittin - round 2, increase end of row

Kawaii Kitten - round 2, attach increase

  • to get in place for the next round, go with your needle up through the last bead of the last round

Kawaii Kitten - round 2, in place for round 3

  • in brief, in the 2nd round you added: 1x set Delica A + B, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, three times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, two times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • 3rd round: start with an increase and pick up 1 set Delica A + Delica B
  • pass your needle underneath the thread in between 2 Delica's of the previous round
  • go UP through the last bead you just added
  • to add another Delica B, pass your needle underneath the thread in between the next set of Delica's
  • and go up through the bead you just added
  • complete the round as follows: 1x Delica A, three times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, two times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • note : at the end of the row you do not make an increase
  • 4th round: start with an increase and pick up 1 set Delica A + Delica B
  • pass your needle underneath the thread in between 2 Delica's of the previous round

Kawaii Kitten - round 4, start increase

  • go UP through the last bead you just added
  • to add another Delica B, pass your needle underneath the thread in between the next set of Delica's
  • and go up through the bead you just added
  • complete the round as follows: 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, four times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • the 4th round consists of 13 beads
  • 5th round: start with an increase and pick up 1 set Delica A + Delica B
  • pass your needle underneath the thread in between 2 Delica's of the previous round
  • go UP through the last bead you just added
  • to add another Delica B, pass your needle underneath the thread in between the next set of Delica's
  • and go up through the bead you just added
  • complete the round as follows: 1x Delica A, three times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, two times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • 6th round: pick up 1 set Delica A + Delica B
  • pass your needle underneath the thread in between 2 Delica's of the previous round
  • go UP through the last bead you just added
  • continue adding in brick stitch: 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, two times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, three times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • make another increase: pick up 1x Delica A, go with your needle down through the underlying Delica, up through the previous bead and in diagonal up through the last bead you added
  • note: you added 14 beads in this round
  • 7th round: 1 set Delica A + Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, three times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, three times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A

SEEPART 2

LEARN and CREATE – the « Kawaii Kitten », an element in brick stitch - part 2

CONTINUATION

  • 8th round: 1 set Delica A + Delica B, four times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, three times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
    note: you added 15 beads in this round
  • 9th round: 1 set Delica A + Delica B, 1x Delica A, eleven times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • 10th round: 1x Delica A (to obtain a decrease), ten times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A (to make an increase)
    note: you finished the kitten's paws and are creating its tail
  • 11th round: 
    step a: 1 set Delica A + Delica B, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
    step b: interrupt the row and build the top of the tail - 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
    step c: 1 set Delica A + Delica B, 1x Delica A
    step d: 1x Delica A, 1x Delica A
    step e: pick up 1x Delica A and pass your needle three levels down through the Delica A's – go with your needle down through the previous Delica B and up through the Delica A

Kawaii Kitten - round 11, finish the tail

Kawai Kitten - round 11, go one down

Kawaii Kitten - round 11, in position to finish round

step f: to complete the rest of the row, 1x Delica A, nine times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A

  • 12th round: 1x Delica A, eight times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • 13th round: 1 set Delica A + Delica B, seven times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • 14th round: 1x Delica A, three times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica C, three times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • 15th round: 1x Delica A, two times 1x Delica B, two times 1x Delica A, two times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • 16th round: four times 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, three 1x Delica A
  • note : you finished the body and will start the head of your « Kawaii Kitten », which will need a big increase on both sides. As a consequence, you will use the ladder stitch to make it happen
  • 17th round: add 1 set Delica A + Delica B, go with you needle down through the Delica A as you need to work in the opposite direction

Kawaii Kitten - round 17, in position to add ladder stitch

  • pick up 1x Delica A and circle back through the previous Delica A, go down through the last Delica A and up through the previous Delica A (ladder stitch)

Kawaii Kitten - round 17, increase

  • go up through the Delica B, add six times 1x Delica B

Kawaii Kitten - round 17, position to continue brick stitch

  • to increase, pick up 1x Delica A, go through the underlying bead and through the previous bead, go up diagonally through the bead you just added

SEEPART 3

LEARN and CREATE – the « Kawaii Kitten », an element in brick stitch - part 3

CONTINUATION

  • add two times 1x Delica A in ladder stitch = pick up 1x Delica A, go up through the last bead, go down through the bead you just added, go up through the previous bead and down through the last bead and repeat (pick up a bead, circle back, go up through the last bead, down through the previous bead and up through the last bead)
  • note: you created the base for the head
  • 18th round: 1 set Delica A + Delica A, add ten times 1x Delica B, increase with 1x Delica A (go down through the Delica A underneath, up through the previous bead and diagonally up through the bead you just added)
  • 19th round:
    step a: 1 set Delica A + Delica B
    step b: go down through the Delica A and turn your piece upside down
    step c: pick up 1x Delica A and circle back, go up through the last bead and go down through the previous bead (ladder stitch), pass your needle around the thread between the 2 last beads to make a half hitch knot

Kawaii Kitten - round 19, half hitch knot

step d: pick up 1x Delica A and go up through the last bead, go down through the previous bead A
   and up through the previous Delica B

  • note: you added a whisker

Kawaii Kitten - round 19, continue in brick stitch

step e: five times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica D, five times 1x Delica B and increase with 1x Delica B

  • 20th round: 1 set Delica A + Delica B, four times 1x Delica B, two times 1x Delica D, six times 1x Delica B, increase with 1x Delica A (attn. go down through the 2nd to last bead)
  • round 21:
    step a: 1 set Delica A + Delica B
    step b: go down through Delica A and turn your piece upside down
    step c: add two times 1x Delica A in ladder stitch
    step d: turn your piece, pass your needle down through the next Delica A and up through the Delica B, add thirdteen times 1x Delica B
    step e: increase with 1x Delica A
    step f: add 1x Delica A in ladder stitch
    step g: pick up 1x Delica A and go up through the last Delica A 
    step h: to get in place for the next round, pass your needle down through the previous Delica A, make a half hitch knot underneath and go up through the same Delica
  • round 22: 1x Delica A, thirdteen times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • round 23: 1 set Delica A + Delica B, two times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica C, three times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica D, three times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica C, two times 1x Delica B, increase 1x Delica A
  • for the wisker, add 2 times 1x Delica A in ladder stitch
  • get in place for the next round by going with your needle from the 2nd Delica A up through the 3rd Delica A

Kawaii Kitten - round 23, get in place for next round

  • round 24: 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, two times Delica C,  six times 1x Delica B,  two times 1x Delica C,  two times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A

SEE - PART 4

LEARN and CREATE – the « Kawaii Kitten », an element in brick stitch - part 4

CONTINUATION

  • round 25: 1 set Delica A + Delica B, 2 times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica C, seven times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica C, two times 1x Delica B, increase with 1x Delica A
  • round 26: 1x Delica A, twelve times 1x Delica B, two times 1x Delica A
  • round 27: 1 set Delica A + Delica D, 1x Delica A, eleven times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • round 28: 1x Delica A, ten times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, two times 1x Delica D, increase with1x Delica A
  • round 29: 1 set Delica A + Delica D, 1x Delica D, 1x Delica A, eleven times 1x Delica B, increase with 1x Delica A
  • round 30: 1x Delica A, ten times 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A, three times 1x Delica D, increase with 1x Delica A
  • round 31: 1 set Delica A + Delica B, two times 1x Delica D,1x Delica B, 1x Delica A,seven times 1x Delica B, three times 1x Delica A
  • round 32: 1x Delica A, 1x Delica D, six times 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A,  five times 1x Delica B,  increase with 1x Delica A
  • round 33: 1x Delica A, four times 1x Delica B, three times 1x Delica A – to get in place for the next round, go back down through the previous A and up through the one before -

Kawaii Kitten - round 33, ready for next round

  • round 34: two times 1x Delica A, three times 1x Delica B and increase with 1x Delica A
  • round 35: to finish the first ear, add four times 1x Delica A and go with your needle through the top of the previous bead, zigzag diagonally up and down to reach the second ear (at the top of the third Delica A)
  • round 36: 1x Delica A, 1x Delica B, two times 1x Delica D, 1x Delica A

Kawaii Kitten - round 36, start

  • round 37: 1x Delica A, 1x Delica D, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • round 38: 1 set Delica A + Delica B, two times 1x Delica D, increase with 1x Delica A
  • round 39: 1x Delica A, 1x Delica D, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • round 40: 1 set Delica A + Delica B, 1x Delica B, 1x Delica A
  • round 41: add three times 1x Delica A
  • to finish, zigzag through your piece and enjoy!

kawaii Kitten - sample

Suggestions:

  • instead of 11/0 Delica beads you could use 11/0 seed beads
  • you could replace 11/0 beads with 15/0 to obtain a smaller element

Thank you for choosing your beads and finding @ https://dunebeads.com/en/ !

Happy day, see you soon!