How To’s-Day – Adding Beads to Knitting

If you’ve been following the WIP Wednesday posts, you know that I’m working on the Hitchhiker shawl. I’m following the pattern as written except for at the beginning of each row 8, I’m adding a bead to the first stitch. Here’s one way of how to add beads to knitting:

I use a size US 14 (0.75 mm) steel crochet hook for beading. I find this size is suitable for both size 6 and size 8 seed beads.

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Start by slipping a bead onto your hook.

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Next, slip the crochet hook purl wise into the stitch.

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Slip the stitch over to the crochet hook. This is the first stitch in this row and it has stretched the loop. Don’t worry, it will all go back in place in just a moment.

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Hold the yarn in place with the hook then slip the bead off the hook and onto the stitch.

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Slip the stitch back onto the left hand needle making sure not to twist the stitch.

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Work the stitch as instructed. For this pattern, this stitch is purled.

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The bead is now secured. Continue your pattern as written.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of How To’s-Day!!

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