How many beads on first row?

clairvxyant 3/6/2021 12:01 pm 204

I started making kandi a couple of days ago, and I've made three cuffs so far! I've been referencing this one tutorial to make sure I start them correctly. It says that I need an even amount of beads to start with, (my wrist fits around 26) but the bottom rows on my cuffs look wonky. It seems like they're missing a bead, but I'm worried that if I add one I'll have the opposite problem lol. What do y'all recommend? kao smile

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Mar 8, 2021 11:28 am

I like to have them slightly bigger than they need to be, I use 30! The row you start with tends to be slightly bigger than the last row (at least for me) so keep in mind which end of the cuff you want closer to your hand and which one you want closer to your elbow when you're starting your cuff!

Mar 8, 2021 8:09 am

Personally I ALways measure it before i tie it and adjust depending on where I want it to sit. How many you have to add or remove at a time depends on the cuff.

X cuff- 4 at a time(That's how large each X sits at)((I suck at explaining via text)) I usually do 36 if I want it on my wrist and 48 if I want it lower on my forearm(I have chunkier arms)

Peyote(The pattern ones)- 2 at a time, I do around 38 for wrists, and 72 for around the shoulder

Mar 8, 2021 8:04 am

I usually put 28 beads for multi stitch cuffs, 30 beads for UFO/ 3D cuffs and singles.

Mar 6, 2021 1:39 pm

depending on the height i'll use a different width bc it would need to sit further down on the arm if its taller!

for singles i'll use at the smallest 26 (i'll make larger singles to cover my arms too tho lol), small cuffs i usually use 28, medium cuffs 30-32, and larger ones 34.

also if it looks wonky double check the count! odd numbered ones will have one column thats slightly different while even numbered ones will be pretty consistent

hope this helped :3

Mar 6, 2021 12:58 pm

i have this issue quite often too! even when youre doing everything correct (which it sounds like you are), sometimes the first few rows will just look a bit off. just keep following the pattern and it will even out eventually

Mar 6, 2021 12:44 pm

@Crumpet: Yep, it's a multi-stitch. I'm pretty sure I pulled it evenly because the rest of it looks great. Although, I am awful at math so I might have counted them out wrong? I'm gonna try making another one now and I'll see how it turns out. I also just got some new better string in the mail. Thanks for the advice!!

Mar 6, 2021 12:27 pm

Is it a multi-stitch cuff? If so, you definitely need an even number of beads on the first row. It won't work properly with an odd number. You might have not pulled tightly or evenly enough across the row or there could be some other minor flaw. My first few cuffs looked wonky too, but they got better.

It's a shame you can't post a photo here to show what you mean, but it's been so long since I've made a cuff that I'm not sure I could diagnose the problem anyway.