Circular, Odd Count Peyote Stitch

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Circular peyote stitch is very similar to regular peyote stitch. Instead of working in rows, the first row of beads are formed in a loop, and additional rows are added around the outside loop. As the circle grows larger, extra beads are added to rows.
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Tip 1There is no exact count or pattern as to when you will begin alternating beads in a row, as the number of beads you add will depend on the size of the circle and the shape and size of the beads being stitched. If you add two beads and they begin to curl and not lay flat, add one bead instead. If the tension is too tight the circle will develop a cup shape.
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Step 1

String 3 feet of thread through a size 12 needle. To begin weaving circular odd-count peyote, string three seed beads. Pull the beads into a circle. Pass back through all of the beads a second time.

Step 2

Tie a square knot.

Step 3

Use sharp scissors to cut off the thread tail.

Step 4

Pass the needle back through the first bead to bury the knot.

Step 5

Pick up two beads. Then pass through the next bead of the initial row, just like in regular flat peyote stitch. Adding two beads instead of one creates an increase in the number of beads in the row. Each row needs to be slightly longer than the previous row as the circle becomes larger.

Step 6

String two beads and pass through the next bead in the previous (first) row. Continue this pattern until the needle and thread return to the starting bead from the first row. 

Step 7

Step up through one of the first two beads added in the second row.

Step 8

String one bead and pass through the next bead in the second row.

Step 9

String one bead and pass through the next bead from the second row.

Step 10

Continue this  pattern to add the next four beads, until the needle and thread return to the starting bead from the previous (second) row.

Step 11

Step up through the first bead added in the third row.

Step 12

String two beads and pass through the next bead in the third row.

Step 13

String two beads and pass through the next bead in the third row.

Step 14

Continue this pattern to add the next two beads, until the needle and thread return to the starting bead from the previous (third) row.

Step 15

Step up through one of the first two beads added in the fourth row.

Step 16

String one seed bead and pass through the next bead in the previous row.

Step 17

String one bead and pass through the next bead in the previous row.

Step 18

Continue this pattern to add the remaining ten beads to the row, until the needle and thread return to the starting bead from the previous (fourth) row.

Step 19

Step up through the first bead added in the fifth row. Continue to alternate adding two beads and one bead to add additional rows to your piece until you reach your desired number of rows. 

Step 20

String two beads, and pass through the next bead in the previous row. If you experience curling or distorting in your piece, you may need to alternate between adding two beads and one bead in the same row. There is no exact count or pattern as to when you will begin alternating beads, see tip above for more details. 

Step 21

String one bead and pass through the next bead in the previous row. Note: We are showing a possible pattern for this row. Your pattern may vary.

Step 22

Continue around in the same alternating increase peyote stitch pattern, until the needle and thread return to the starting beads added to the current row.

Step 23

When the circle reaches the desired number of rows, weave the thread tail back through the existing beadwork.Use sharp scissors to cut off the thread tail.

Step 24

Congratulations, you have learned circular peyote stitch!

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