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Pod-Cast BeadALong Pattern

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Hello all! At this link, please find a downloadable, printable PDF for our PodCast BeadALong. If you have questions about the pattern, please leave them here in the comments. I will be online all week to answer them, and to help everyone make the Casting Model and take off their first Casts. The Pod beads up quickly, as does the first casting.


If you only need a short summary to bead this, we posted it yesterday. It’s just 8-12 rounds (depending on your general bangle size) of circular peyote on a base ring of size 8 round beads. The first round of increase beads are double-square-stitched to the ring, providing a sturdy foundation for the peyote to grow. This ring structure allows the Pod to self-organize its Points, instead of you having to sort and wrangle them.

This weekend, when everyone has had a chance to make the PodCast Bead, I’ll upload a video addressing questions and showing how to use this marvel (and other Casting Models too) to create new starts, and lots of them. We greatly appreciate all of your participation; this is how CGB works, and your feedback in these community explorations is how we know if we’re communicating. Zigged forms can be hard to get our minds around.

Below is a sneak peek at our first project off of the Pod, a removable Rick-Rack Bangle that we will bead directly onto the Pod. At this point, our Rick-Rack is still attached to the Model. The little black beads at the tip of the purple increases are just a few Exploding Round beads I added in the first round of the new piece to help me separate the cast from the Pod.

The Exploding Round is a Deconstruction technique from CGB, Volume II  – I’ll show you how that works (and some other ways to remove the work as well) in the next post, tomorrow. In fact, we’ll be making an entire Exploding Set directly onto this crazy little bead. You won’t believe it.

Have fun!

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Above, our PodCast Bead sample, built to 10 rounds,
with 6 rounds of yellow and orange Rick-Rack beaded on top of it. 


About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. Find her at or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

32 comments on “Pod-Cast BeadALong Pattern

  1. Dawn Tomlinson
    March 28, 2018

    Just did the Pod, and it worked up pretty easily. I meant to do it last week, but jet lag got the best of me. Reading through a few times and letting it simmer in my brain helped a lot. The counting was confusing to me, so thanks, everyone, for the questions and comments.

  2. Ingrid D.M.
    March 26, 2018

    started tonight and so far 4 rounds with no real issue. In fact i think this Pod-cast will help to start seriously CGB because, i think i have been intimated so far by the models and didn’t know really where to start , apart from flat triangle, puff, tetraedron or a warp square samples.
    I am so happy that you found this and so happy to try it. Will post the progress on my Instagram story on

  3. desussman
    March 26, 2018

    In the initial rounds, since the first round is all increases, the number of non-increase beads per round is one less than the round number. In the page of sizing information, if I want to make a medium size, do I stop after 10 total rounds, or when there are 10 of the center color per side? Thanks! (I’ve got 4 center beads now, so it’ll be a couple more hours of work before it’s an issue…)
    Love these ideas, thank you so much for making the information available!

    • katemckinnon
      March 26, 2018

      Please do not count the Circle Start when counting the circular peyote rounds – 10 rounds + Circle Start is a good place to take off your first Medium sized cast.

      • desussman
        March 27, 2018

        Thanks for your reply! My question is, after 10 rounds, if you are using the model above, are there 9 or 10 orange beads per side?

        • katemckinnon
          March 27, 2018

          Ten. The round count for circular peyote will always match the side bead count, unless something rather odd has been done.
          So forget the circle start, and it’s just regular old circular peyote.

  4. Teresa Steiner
    March 26, 2018

    I keep counting the blue beads and there are 9 rows to me but the directions say that there are 10 for your example -help on how to count this?

    • katemckinnon
      March 26, 2018

      Please don’t worry about size at this level! One of my photos shows my Pod in process, at nine rounds, but if you look at my Rick-Rack cast, you can see that I did it at 10 rounds. This is fluid, and doesn’t matter too much.

      • Teresa Steiner
        March 26, 2018

        I’m glad you told me what row the picture was in to verify what I was counting! I think this start is exciting too and makes me want to try I’m at row 5 myself.

        • Ingrid D.M.
          March 28, 2018

          so happy that you asked this question, it was driving me nuts to count 9 instead of 10

  5. suzy musil
    March 23, 2018

    The puff says to use 11 democrats. Can this be done with 10s?. If so, would the same bead ctounts apply?

    • katemckinnon
      March 23, 2018

      11 Democrats would be pretty big.
      ; )

      You could work with 10s, but yep, the count would be different, and this demo doesn’t provide for that.

      • suzy musil
        March 23, 2018

        I had thought to fix those darned democrats, but figured it would bring a smile.

    • Janet Gunther
      March 29, 2018

      I solely bead with 10/0’s. I will share what I find with you as I go along.

  6. Shirley Moore
    March 23, 2018

    Is there a chart that shows an inch-words correlation? I don’t usually make bangles since they are so hard to size. When I wrap a tape measure around my knuckles (excluding my thumb which would be tucked in) I get a measurement of 9″. Would that be a large? Thanks so much

    • katemckinnon
      March 24, 2018

      Hi, Shirley, thanks for your question!

      For this project, I am really trying to get away from that kind of need to measure. If you were buying a pair of gloves by mail order, and they had five sizes, XS,S,M,L or XL, which pair would you order?

      The neat thing about this tactic is that it’s so easy to add a round or two to the Pod. Guess your smallest hand size, stop there, and cast off six rounds of Rick-Rack. Try it on. From that one exercise (which if is too small to go over your hand produces a really fun Flower Pod or open flower brooch start) we can easily and quickly determine what your size is in 6 points without you having to make a long, wiggly worm of a start to find out.

      And the Pod you end up with is useful for all sizes, I can show you how to use it to make almost anything, really, in any size.

  7. Judith Butterworth
    March 22, 2018

    I was looking through my beads and trying to decide which colours I liked the least so I could use them for this special bead. Then I thought hey wait a minute —i will use this bead a lot so I want it to be cute. I am on the sixth row now and really like it. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

  8. Sam Norgard
    March 22, 2018

    Having fun moving along with you on this!!

    Thanks so much!

  9. Nancy
    March 22, 2018

    Please disregard my last question. I’ve figured out Round 2. Thanks!

    • katemckinnon
      March 22, 2018

      I’d appreciate hearing what wasn’t working for you with the words and visuals?

  10. Nancy
    March 22, 2018

    In Round 2, I can’t seem to get the circular peyote stitch work for me. Instead I tried a herringbone at each point and it appears like your picture, I think. Am I off track for future additional instructions?

    • katemckinnon
      March 22, 2018

      Nancy, after you make the Circle, and then square-stitch on the 12 sets of Delica beads, one peyote bead will drop in between the increases. Next round, two, next round three. Check the photos – I used orange beads for the peyote and you can see one in between each increase in the round in question.

      • Janet Gunther
        March 29, 2018

        I have started over 3 times now. I don’t understand the bead dropping down with each increase. I will try again and send image of what I keep coming up with.

        • Janet Gunther
          March 29, 2018

          Ok, I can’t send an image. I have made rick rack bracelets in the past but for this pod cast I can’t seem to get the swing of the concept “one peyote bead will drop down in between increases”. I would like to see an image of how that placement in between the points happens. I’m sorry. I never seem to get it the first time around.

      • Janet Gunther
        March 29, 2018

        I think I have it now. There was one sentence that I seemed to have missed in Round 2. It is the second sentence and, for me, it had too much information to follow. Since it is so very important not to miss, I would have loved an image demonstrating the added bead before going into the next point. I’m sure this is going to seem SO EASY once I get the hang of the little pod.

  11. Lynn Pelletier
    March 22, 2018

    I don’t have a favorite thread. What do you suggest ? Thank you very much.

    • katemckinnon
      March 22, 2018

      I usually use Nymo from the 3 oz cone, but our team uses everything. CLon, Fireline, Japanese threads, Nymo… you name it.

  12. Cathy
    March 22, 2018

    Thank you, I guess I just needed to be more patient about the beads for the inner ring. 😉

  13. Sharon Manewitz
    March 22, 2018

    Superb! Can’t wait to make it.

    On Thu, Mar 22, 2018, 11:58 AM CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: ” Hello all! At this link, please find a > downloadable, printable PDF for our PodCast BeadALong. If you have > questions about the pattern, please leave them here in the comments. I will > be online all week to answer them, and to help everyone made the Casting” >

  14. Nancy Allen
    March 22, 2018

    You are awesome!

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