Purple Rain Mitts by Caryl Pierre

Many knitters avoid adding beads to their knitting because the traditional way to do it involves stringing tens or hundreds of beads onto your yarn before you start knitting.

This week, guest blogger Caryl Pierre shows us that adding beads to your knitting can be easy – with a crochet hook!

How to Add Beads to Your Knitting Easily With a Crochet Hook

To start: Grab a tiny crochet hook small enough to fit into the eye of your beads, some scrap yarn, and follow along to practice beading with a crochet hook.

Step 1. Work stitch to be beaded.

Beading with a crochet hook Step 1 - Work Stitch to be Beaded

Step 2. Place bead on crochet hook.

Beading with a crochet hook step 2 - Place bead on crochet hook

Step 3. Hook top loop of stitch with crochet hook.

Beading with a crochet hook step 3 - hook top loop of stitch with crochet hook

Step 4. Pull top loop of stitch through bead.

Beading with a crochet hook step 4 - Pull top loop of stitch through bead.

Step 5. Replace stitch on right-hand needle.

Beading with a crochet hook step 5 - Replace stitch on right-hand needle.

Step 6. Adjust stitch to fit needle.

Beading with a crochet hook step 6 - Adjust stitch to fit needle.

That’s all there is to it!

I hope you use this great tip to add beads to your own knitted projects. At last count there were over 11,000 patterns on Ravelry that include beads, so this technique can really come in handy!

About Caryl in her own words:

Beaded buttoned bracelets 10 9 21After college, I spent the next ten years living abroad. I lived in Japan, London and Ecuador mainly.

While traveling can be great, the constant need to make friends and establish myself in a new culture provided me with a lot of alone time and knitting really was my savior.

In recent years, I found that I was modifying almost every pattern I knit. That inspired me to start creating my own designs.

Thanks, Caryl! You can follow Caryl on Twitter and Ravelry.

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  1. I find that sometimes after they place the bead they knit and other people just put it on the right needle and others put it on the left needle and knit it. What difference does this make?

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