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The Alternative Square Stitch
Alice from Bead and Button Magazine dubbed my stitch the Alternative Square Stitch!
You can try this with any loom pattern that you already have!
These instructions are examples of how it works!

The stitch I use is quicker and softer than Peyote or Brick stitch. The difference is that with Peyote and Brick stitch the beads are added one at a time and stacked like bricks, as the stitch implies. With my square stitch the beads are added four at a time and are stacked like loom work, one directly on top of the other. The square stitch I use is different and is also called an off loom stitch.

Start with a needle on a thread. Tie a sloppy knot at the end so your beads wonít slide off.
(pic 1) Put 10 beads on the thread.
Instrucrions on how to bead the alternative square stitch step 1
(pic 2) Add 2 beads #ís 11 and 12.
Go through #ís 9 and 10.
Go back through #ís 11 and 12.
Instrucrions on beading the alternative square stitch step 2
(pic 3) Add 4 beads #í 13-16.
Go through #ís 5 and 6.
Go back through #ís 15 and 16.
Instrucrions on how to bead the alternative square stitch step 3
(pic 4) Add 4 beads #ís 17-20.
Go through #ís 1 and 2.
Go back through #ís 17 and 20.
Instrucrions on beading the alternative square stitch step 4
(pic 5) Tie a square knot with the two threads. Instrucrions on how to bead the alternative square stitch step 5
(pic 6) Add 4 beads #ís 21-24.
Go through #ís 17 and 18.
Go back through #ís 21 and 24.
Instrucrions on beading the alternative square stitch step 6
The next thing to do with this stitch is a tube, or circle for a bag.
(pic 7) Add the amount of beads needed to go around the size bag you want.
The picture here shows 16, which in not really enough to make a bag!
Instrucrions on how to bead the alternative square stitch step 7
(pic 8) Add 4 beads #ís 17-20.
Go through #ís 4 and 3.
Go back through #ís 19 and 20.
Instrucrions on how to bead the alternative square stitch step 8
(pic 9) Keep adding beads in this manner.
Then pretty soon youíll have the body of a bag!

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Instrucrions on how to bead the alternative square stitch step 9
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