View Full Version : how to bead knit?
04-06-2005, 01:59 PM
I read about this on another thread and was wondering about how you do it :thinking:
I have a bunch of beads back from the days when I wanted to make my own jewelery(needless to say, that I never made something wearable :rollseyes: ).
So, do I thread the beads before knitting? How do I figure out how much I need? How do I secure them?
04-06-2005, 02:53 PM
Here's a link with some good info: http://knitting.about.com/library/blbeadknit.htm
I've made beaded knit jewelry on 0000 needles - not for the weak of eyesight! It was fun, and did turn out to be wearable.
With any beaded knitting, you have to string the beads on your yarn before you begin, and that can be the most boring part. If you have no pattern in mind, I'd play with some beads and fiber and see what you have that works best together, then count how many beads you've used and how much fiber to get a guesstimate.
If the beads are heavy, there will be a weight factor, and if they have sharp edges, they can eventually cut the fiber you knit them on. Check your local craft store to see what they have for stringing materials.
I did no fancy stitches with mine, just let the beads take center stage.
Hope this helps!
04-06-2005, 09:20 PM
you can also put the beads on one at a time, using a needle threader, but this requires you to take a stitch off the needles completly, and if might drop, disaster! This is much more of a pain, IMO. If you just want to practice, go buy some of those huge plastic neon colord pony beads and string them on some cheapo cotton or acrylic yarn. I think it's fun!
04-07-2005, 01:00 PM
Thanks! I'm going to try that...
runs to grab the beads and yarn...
...remembers that she wanted to finish at least two WIP's before starting a new one
...later, I think.