How to Read an Even Count Tubular Peyote Pattern

  • 01 of 05

    Identifying the Pattern as Even Count Tubular Peyote

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    The diagonal highlighted boxes indicate the first (and last) bead for each round. © Lisa Yang

     Working from a beadwork pattern can be confusing at first.  Almost all patterns will clearly identify the stitch you should be using with the pattern, but there are some indicators to look for that will help you understand the pattern that you are reading.  This article will discuss how to read an even count tubular peyote pattern.  Before you get started, it may be helpful if you are familiar with reading a pattern for flat even count peyote stitch.

    Even count tubular peyote patterns can be...MORE confusing for two reasons.  First, they are flat pictures of beadwork that is round. Second, they require you to step up to begin each new row (or round) and that step up shifts the beginning position in each row.  However, once you understand the basics of these patterns, you'll have them mastered in no time.

    Every pattern program can be slightly different the way they indicate the start of a row and even the step up.  Referring to the pattern above, you can tell it's a tubular peyote stitch pattern because of the row of diagonal beads marked with a black outline.  Some beading patterns may show this row with an 'X' in the bead. 

    Each of the marked beads is the first bead in the round. With even count tubular peyote, the marked beads are also the beads that you pass through twice - once when you add it at the beginning of the round and a second time at the end of the round when you step up.

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  • 02 of 05

    Starting to Follow the Even Count Tubular Peyote Pattern

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    Pick up the beads for the first two rows in order from left to right. © Lisa Yang

     You can tell this pattern is for an even count tubular peyote stitch by looking at the number of beads on the first two rows.  The first two rows of the pattern is the base ring of beads that you pick up to start tubular peyote.  In this case, it is an even number of 12 beads. That makes this an even count tubular peyote pattern.

    To start this pattern, pick up and string these 12 beads, starting at the bottom of the pattern and working from left to right in order.  Most patterns will not have...MORE numbers on the beads like this pattern, however there may be a word chart that identifies the beads by a letter key and will indicate how many beads to pick up for each row and in what order.

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  • 03 of 05

    Starting the Third Row

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    Start the third row of even count tubular peyote stitch by passing back through the first bead to form a ring. © Lisa Yang

    Once you have picked up all of the beads for the first two rows of tubular peyote, you need to begin the tube by forming a circle with the beads.  Some people like to tie a square knot, others will just pass through the first bead in the row, and some people like to do both!

    Referring back to the pattern, you will go through the first bead of the first round and then continue stitching like normal peyote stitch - pick up a bead and stitch into every other bead from the prior row to secure it.  At...MORE this point, your tube will go from a flat ring into the distinctive up and down beads of peyote stitch.

    The beads you add in this row are number in black on the diagram (13-18).  Your actual pattern will not have bead numbers, although it may indicate the bead color on the pattern. The bead numbers are added here to help you follow which beads are added in each row in what order.  In addition, beads added in prior steps are colored gray in these diagrams.

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  • 04 of 05

    Even Count Tubular Peyote Step Up

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    Step up to the fourth row. © Lisa Yang

     When you reach the end of the third row (bead 18), you will notice you don't have a new up bead to stitch through. The next bead in the pattern is the first bead you stitched through to start the row and if you follow the pattern of stitching through every other bead, you still won't have room to add any new beads!  

    The only way to have room to add new beads is to stitch through bead one to complete the row, then stitch through the first bead of the row you just added. The bead that you...MORE stitch through a second time is bead 13, highlighted in the black outline. This is both the first bead stitched in the row and the last bead passed through in the row.  Stitching through the bead a second time is making the step up in even count tubular peyote.

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  • 05 of 05

    Continue Stepping Up Rounds in Even Count Tubular Peyote

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    Continue stepping up by stitching through two beads at the end of the row. © Lisa Yang

     Continue stitching the fourth row following the same process.  The end of the fourth row has now shifted on your beading diagram to bead 24.  That is when you will encounter the same problem, the next bead in the pattern is bead 13, but once you pass through it, you will be on the same row you just finished.  In order to add more beads, pass through bead 19 for the second time on the row.  Now you can continue stitching the row. 

    As you can see, the step up will continually shift the beginning...MORE of the row by one bead to the right in each round, which is why the step up bead is a diagonal line.

    Many tubular patterns repeat, so only a section of the repeating motif may be provided in the pattern. To make a longer tube, you will need to go back to the bottom of the pattern after you reach the top.  In many patterns, you may only need to reference the pattern chart occaionally at this point because you will have become accustomed to the pattern or you can refresh your memory on what comes next by looking at the beadwork rounds that you have already stitched.