Three-drop is another Peyote stitch. I'm only dealing with even-count, three-drop Peyote here. If you don't know anything about simple, flat, even-count Peyote, you should click this link to read about that first.
I'm not going to do a full tutorial for the three-drop Peyote stitch because it's so similar to the two-drop Peyote stitch. See the two-drop Peyote tutorial here.
If you know how to do the two-drop Peyote stitch and you understand the differences between the two-drop and three-drop Peyote stitches, that's all you need to know.
There are really only two differences between two-drop Peyote and three-drop Peyote:
- The number of beads picked up at the start to create rows 1 and 2.
- The number of beads that are picked up, skipped, and run through with the needle in the stitching pattern, starting with row 3.
FIRST: How many stitches do you pick up at the beginning to create rows 1 and 2?
- Two-drop Peyote—you initially pick up an even number of beads that is divisible by 4. So you can use 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, etc.
- Three-drop Peyote—you initially pick up an even number of beads that is divisible by 3. Another way to say this is that the number of beads you pick up must be a multiple of 6. So that would mean 6, 12, 18, 24, etc.
- Two-drop Peyote—starting with row 3, you pick up 2 beads, skip 2 beads, and run the needle through 2 beads.
- Three-drop Peyote—starting with row 3, you pick up 3 beads, skip 3 beads, and run the needle through 3 beads.
Once you complete row 3, you'll see the beads in row 3 will stick up like zipper teeth. Those are called the "up beads."
NOTE: The beads in row 1 will also look like zipper teeth. When you turn your work, be careful to keep row 1 on the bottom and row 3 on the top. You don't want to accidentally start stitching into row 1 when you begin your 4th row. This is another good reason to use a different color bead for each row, at least for the first 3 rows.
From row 4 on, you can continue to count as you stitch: Pick up 3, skip 3, run the needle through 3.
OR you can simply pick up 3 beads and run your needle through the next group of 3 "up beads." You're doing the same thing, it's just easier to see which beads are which once you get to the fourth row and beyond.
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