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Peyote stitch: Flat odd-count

Odd-count peyote is the same as even-count peyote, except for the turn on odd-numbered rows, where the last bead of the row can’t be attached in the usual way because there is no up-bead to sew through.

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Figure 1

Step 1: Begin as for flat even-count peyote, but pick up an odd number of beads. Work row 3 as in even-count, stopping before adding the last bead.

Step 2: Work a figure-8 turn at the end of row 3: Sew through the first bead picked up in step 1 (bead #1). Pick up the last bead of the row you’re working on (bead #8), and sew through beads #2, #3, #7, #2, #1, and #8 (Figure 1).

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Figure 2

Step 3: You can work the figure-8 turn at the end of each odd-numbered row, but this will cause this edge to be stiffer than the other. Instead, in subsequent odd-numbered rows, pick up the last bead of the row, sew under the thread bridge between the last two edge beads, and sew back through the last bead added to begin the next row (Figure 2).

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Flat odd-count peyote stitch basics
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