Knitting Help – Adding Beads

We’re going to talk about adding beads to
your knitting. Where the beads are actually knit into the
work. And I got the idea for this technique video
because I just finished knitting this scarf. And it’s a really lacy scarf that has 276
tiny beads knit into it. I thought it was really fun. And this was a situation where the pattern
actually told me what beads to use, but you can add beads to any work that you like. One example here are these Christmas balls
that were knit by my friend Steven. He let me borrow these for the video. And he’s working through this book, and
I’ll give you a link to the book in the video description below. He’s working through a book that has, I
think, 55 different Christmas balls, and he is determined to knit all of them. Let’s take a closer look. The patterns are clear about the knitting,
but I believe that Steven has the freedom to add the beads wherever he likes. And you can see the red beads that he’s
put in here. Oh, I could look at these all day. I think
they’re so awesome. He’s included beads on the snowman’s buttons
here. And he’s put crystal beads in here. One of my favorite ones is a pinecone. Oh, there it is. I like this one. And here are crystal beads up in the corners,
up here. Oh, I could look at these all day, like I
said! But we’ll move those out of the way. And move on to something a lot less delicate
than what we just saw! [laughs] We’re using this bulky sample, so I can
clearly show you how to work this. Big plastic beads and worsted weight yarn. Steven has used – I think these are probably
size 11 beads and very fine yarn. Okay, if you’re deciding to add beads yourself
to a pattern that doesn’t have beads in it, I recommend using a crochet hook, you
will need a crochet hook, and I recommend using one about the same size as the knitting
needle you’re using. And the other thing you have to be careful
of is that you have to choose beads that the crochet hook fits inside. Okay? So those are the guidelines. This ended up being very very chunky, like
I said. And the second thing you want, I’m going
to try to tip this! [laughs] Some kind of cup or something that has sloping
sides. And I use this so that when I’m sitting
in my knitting chair and I have my crochet hook I can snag a bead and slide it up the
side like that. And if it had a flat bottom and flat sides,
I wouldn’t be able to have that easy slope up the side with the bead. Now this is so simple. These beads are so
huge and easy to see. But it’s kind of a different story when
you’re working with really tiny beads and a tiny crochet hook. Okay, let’s talk about actually adding the
beads. I’m going to knit up a few stitches. Out of the seed stitch border here. Okay, and I’m just going to add one here. I have my crochet hook, I grab a bead and
slide it up the side, and boop! It’s on the hook. Then I’m going to put the bead on this stitch
right here. I go into the stitch as if to purl with the
crochet hook, and pull it off the left needle. Then slide the bead down on to the stitch,
and put the stitch back on the left needle. Okay. So there you have it, the bead is on there. And you can just knit that stitch and the
bead is secure. I’ll show you one more time. Grab a bead, slide it up the side and on to
the hook. Go back to your knitting, put your hook in
as if to purl. You don’t have to know how to crochet to do this, we’re just using
the crochet hook as a tool. So you put the crochet hook in as if to purl,
pull that stitch off, slide the bead down onto the stitch, put the stitch back on the
left needle, and knit the stitch. And there you go. Now if you’re like me you’re going to
want to add beads to EVERYTHING. [laughs] After this scarf, I think that’s what I’m
going to start doing now. Good luck. [music]