how i knit to stay sane

November 30, 2007

Tutorial — adding beads to knitted stitches

Filed under: Uncategorized — K @ 8:46 pm

(This was originally posted on my old blog. I’ve just moved it here because my old blog is defunct…)As I slowly enter the world of knitting blogs, I am jumping into my first “tutorial”. I am currently working on the Mystery Stole 3 (Thanks again, Melanie! It’s FABULOUS!), and I started doing the beads with the crochet hook method. My main problems with this were that the holes in the beads are irregular — probably 1/3 of the beads were unusable with that method. I probably could have used them by going down yet another size in crochet hook, but I was already having trouble getting the full stitch on the hook, without splitting the yarn.

I also have young kids, and I just can’t have a dish of beads out, even just while I’m working — something inevitably comes up, and disaster results. So, without further ado, I’ll share my method for beading. I’m not naive enough to believe that I’m the first to do this, or even the first to chronicle, but I did develop the idea through my own thought processes, and as the solution to my own specific problems (I don’t mean to detract from any tutorials already out there, depicting the same method!)

The needle is strung with cotton thread, and knotted at the end. I string several beads on to begin with, generally enough to complete a chart, so I don’t need to go back to “recharge” from the bead dish several times while I’m working. This eliminates the worry of my kids (or dog… or cat…. or husband) knocking over the beads. They are nicely contained! (Click on the photos to see them larger.

I put the needle through the stitch to be beaded and then put the needle through the hole of the first bead. Now, I hold both the “needle end” and the “bead end” of the string, and push the first bead over the needle. Now it’s on the “loop” of the string that is connected to the loop of the stitch.

Now, I use the loop of string to pull the stitch off the needle. I push the bead onto the stitch. And now, just place the stitch back on the needle, being careful not to twist the stitch.

Now, just put the needle back through the stitch, being careful not to split the yarn. When you pull the needle out the other side of the stitch, the needle and string (and beads!) come free of the stitch, and you are ready to knit the stitch as usual.

And, my first attempt at a video…. It’s not great, and I was nervous (what can I say, I’m a dork!), but anyway, here it is, for anyone interested.

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3 Comments »

  1. […] needle and embroidery thread, and a familiarity with my beading tutorial (or any other method of adding beads to a “live” stitch on the needles, as opposed to […]

    Pingback by Beaded Bracelet « How I knit to stay sane — January 4, 2008 @ 5:37 pm

  2. […] A needle and embroidery thread, and a familiarity with my beading tutorial (or any other method of adding beads to a “live” stitch on the needles, as opposed to […]

    Pingback by Beaded Bracelet Pattern « How I knit to stay sane — January 4, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

  3. That is very smart of you to do it that way!

    xoxox
    Marly

    Comment by Yarn Thing — April 6, 2008 @ 9:20 pm


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