Two-drop peyote stitch is the same as regular peyote, except that you stitch two beads at a time instead of one. Just like with regular peyote, it has both an even-count and an odd-count version.
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Your beadwork is even-count if it has an even number of two-bead vertical columns. It's odd-count if it has an odd number of two-bead columns.
In the diagrams above, the rounded squares represent beads. Notice that there are four two-bead columns. Because four is an even number, this is the even-count version of the stitch.
To begin, pick up all of the beads for the first two rows (beads 1-8 in the diagrams).
Tip: With peyote stitch, the horizontal rows are offset by one half of a bead. The first two rows get pulled into their offset position when you stitch the third row.
Hold those strung beads between your fingers, and then pick up two beads to start the third row (beads 9-10 in the diagrams).
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Skip two beads in the initial strand and pass back through the next two beads. Pull the thread taut so that the two beads you just picked up stack on top of the last two beads in the first row.
Pick up another pair of beads (beads 11-12) and pass back through the next two beads in the previous row. Pull the thread taut again.
When you reach the end of the third row, you're ready to make a turn.