If you enjoy the needlework crafts such as knitting and crocheting one way you can expand your variety of items is by adding beads to your finished pieces. One of the first items that comes to mind when you think of knit and crochet with beads are the beautiful beaded socks that are usually made for young girls. These beaded trims are usually crocheted around the sock cuffs with thread, and the beads are crocheted directly onto the trim.
This makes the embellished socks safe for even the youngest feet, since the beads are securely fastened to the trim. Another item that is popular to knit and crochet with beads is a handmade purse or bag. You can knit or crochet the beads directly into the bag, or add the beads to a trim at the bottom of the bag for some dangle action. Other knit and crochet with beads include pillows, sweaters, ponchos and scarves. With the huge selection of beads available, you may find many more creations that you want to add this flourish to!
How to Knit and Crochet With Beads
While a beaded knit or crochet piece might look intricate and complicated, even a beginner can use this technique in her creations. The key is to calculate the number of beads you will be using in your finished piece, and threading the beads onto your yarn before beginning your work. When you arrive at a stitch where you want to add a bead, simply slide the bead up to where your last stitch ends, and then continue working around it.
To keep a knit and crochet with beads project in place without a need for knotting or sewing is a very important matter. What could be easier? The hardest part is often counting the number of beads required, since you cannot easily add beads once your piece has begun to be worked. If your pattern calls for beads, it will give you a count of items to thread on.
If you are adding beads to a pattern that does not include this option, you will need to read through your pattern and do a few math problems to figure out the number of beads to use. A good rule of thumb is to add a few extra beads to the number you think you will need. If you have extras at the end of the project, you can simply slide them off of the yarn and save them for another use. If you come up short, it will not be so easy to add beads after the fact!
You can give a beautiful finish to your knit and crochet with beads as an embellishment. Knit and crochet with beads is a simple way to dress up your work, and is only limited by your imagination. Happy beading!