How to create handmade one of a kind rings.
Any yarn will do, but a metallic or an earth tone with no fringe will work and wear best. The rhinestones should be the right size to just cover the hole in the end of a pony bead. If you like, seed beads may be used during the knitting as well. They will add both beauty and stability to the ring.
Start by measuring the circumference of the finger on which you will wear the ring. If you don’t have a tape measure, use a small strip of paper, mark the overlap, then measure it on a ruler.
If you are using seed beads, refer to alternate instructions below. Cast on two stitches. Knit one row, and then purl the next to create stockinette stitch. Continue knitting in this way until your work is the same length as your finger measurement, and then knit four more rows, still using stockinette. Bind off. Tie the cast on and bind off tails together. Coat the inside of the pony bead with glue. Thread the needle with the tails and slide it through the pony bead, pulling until no more than two stitches of the actual knitting is inside the bead. Cut off the tails flush with the end of the pony bead. Glue a rhinestone over the hole.
Before you cast on any stitches, slide 2 dozen seed beads onto the end of the yarn. Cast on two stitches. Knit one row and then purl the next. As you knit the first stitch of the third row, draw a bead up the yarn and slide it in front of the needle as it is wrapped with yarn to create a stitch. When you draw the new stitch through, the bead should come with it as the old stitch is slid off the needle. Continue this beaded stockinette stitch until your work is as long as your finger measurement. Bead knit two more rows, then knit two more rows without beads, all in stockinette. Continue as above to finish the ring.
Knit rings have a tendency to want to twist when you put them on. If you weave wire into the work before gluing into the bead, this may help minimize such rolling. You may also try hair wax on the inside of the ring to reduce friction.