They can provide just the right elegant, sparkly accent to a fancy stitch or spice up a plain one.
And thanks to some very smart friends, I’ve learned a lot about making them easy to add to your work.
Check out how perfectly this “oil stain” bead makes this little stitch “pop”:
A few tools make the process of beading super easy: A tiny crochet hook ( I used a size 1.0 mm) and a bead holder.
It came with 10 hooks ranging in size from 0.5mm to 2.75mm
with a super cute zippered bag.
There are several types available, but I’m just thrilled with the set I got.
You can buy a bead holder, but I made this one from an old cd case and a piece of clear packing tape.
It holds the beads securely until I’m ready for them. It closes nicely and holds my tiny crochet hook. And it fits inside my project bag.
So here’s how the magic works:
First, using removable stitch markers,
mark the places you want to add beads, before you start to knit the row.
Knit your pattern and when you come to a marked stitch pull it off your left needle.
Don’t panic. The stitch marker will prevent the stitch from dropping.
Place the stitch back on the left needle,
With a little preparation and the right tools, you can add sparkle to any project with ease. So get beading!!