"But wait," you might be thinking, "that low bead doesn't look like it's in row 1. Isn't it in row 2?" Yes, you're right! And this interlocking peyote alignment poses a bit of a problem, right? Since the row 2 beads are interspersed with row 1, how do you work row 1? Easy! To get started, the beads in row 1 and row 2 are all picked up at the same time. To begin Julia’s pattern, using a comfortable length of thread, pick up the 24 beads for the first two rows, which in this case (reading from the bottom left-hand corner) will be a white bead, three green beads, four white beads, seven teal beads, four white beads, and five green beads. These beads will shift to form the first two rows as row 3 is added.
Okay… we are off to a good start, but let’s pause here for a moment. If you find a graph pattern that you really like, but it excludes any clues as to the bead size or shape, here is a helpful tip: The most common size and shape of beads utilized in peyote graph patterns are 11/0 cylinder beads. This is because the shape of cylinder beads really makes them ideal for representing the pattern in the most realistic manner. Mystery solved — maybe. Of course this isn’t always the case. In reality, you can use any size bead and still get the same overall look whether you're using size 8/0 beads or size 15/0 beads, but the finished piece may be a vastly different size than what the pattern intended. And if you are anything like Goldilocks, you will want the beadwork size to be “just right,” and the size 11/0 beads will most likely give you the best results (especially if you use cylinders instead of seed beads), and of course we want nothing but the best for you and being happy is important. So when in doubt, use size 11/0 cylinder beads — they will work perfectly most of the time, and this is what Julia calls for in her design.