Knitting with beads is a great way to add a little sparkle and shine into a wide range of different types of knitted items. The great thing about knitting with beads is that you don’t need to be an expert knitter to perfect it, and there are two different methods to choose from.
This is the easiest method of knitting with beads and the method that most people prefer. You can use it to either space your beads at planned intervals or randomly, depending on what you prefer. You add beads by simply threading them onto the yarn that you are working with. This means that the beads will fall over the stitches rather than falling in between them. Usually, knitters prefer to stick with one color of bead, although with a little practice it is possible to use a variety of colors and types if you wish.
This is the most traditional method and was developed way back in the 18th century, originally being used to add beads to handbags and other types of accessories. With this method, knitters thread beads onto the yarn and place a single bead between each stitch, which means that the beads will entirely hide the stitches. Bead knitting allows knitters to create extremely intricate bead patterns by threading numerous beads into the reverse of the design and then working them into knitting as they go along.
Types of Beads
There are lots of different types of beads that can be used to create knitted garments. The most common type of beads these days are made from glass, although they can also be made from a wide range of other types of materials including wool, plastic, clay, gems, pearls, buttons and even stones. The secret when selecting your beads is to match them to the type of knitting yarn that you are using, for example shiny glass beads or beads made from gems look best on silks and garments and accessories created for evening wear.