Want to spice up your knitting and
try something a little different? Add beads! You can make jewelry,
Christmas ornaments or add pizzazz to your clothing.
There are three major ways to add beads to your knitting without
sewing them on a completed knit.
The first way is to thread the beads onto the
yarn. It is time consuming and means the yarn must go through the
hole in the beads. For jewelry and items with several beads added to
the same row, this is a good method to use. The stitch size
(controlled by the needle size) needs to be roughly the same as the
1. String the beads in the order needed for your design (or randomly if you want). Push the beads away from the end of the yarn.
2. Cast on the correct number of stitches and work to the point where the first bead is needed.
3. On the knit side of stockinette stitch insert the right needle into the back of the next stitch. Pull the bead down to the needle and pop it through the next stitch so that it sits on the front of the work. Knit into the back of the stitch.
4. On the purl side of stockinette stitch push the bead through to the front side of the stitch and purl it as normal. Knit into the back of the beaded stitches on the next row.
The second way is to use a crochet hook to pull a stitch through a bead. The hook has to be small enough to go through the hole. This method allows you to put a bead right where you want it which is an advantage if you are knitting a design using different colors of beads.
1. Knit to the point where the bead is needed.
2. Place the bead on the crochet hook.
3. Slide the stitch off the left needle onto the hook. Pull the stitch through the bead.
4. Put the stitch on the right needle, holding the yarn at the back. Purl the stitch as normal on the next row.
The third way is to string the beads on a small thread and hold it along with your larger yarn as you knit your project. In this way you can add seed beads to a design. Thread that is clear or matches your yarn keeps the extra strand from showing. Carry the beads along the back of the work as you would a second color of yarn, catching the thread every inch or so to avoid long floats. When you reach a point where a bead is needed, swing the thread and one bead to the front between the needles. Knit the next stitch. Move the thread to the back and knit the next stitch.
Enjoy making different designs with beads in your knits! It's not
as hard as you might think.