Liz Corke Knit Design

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June 12, 2013

I’m working on a new pattern just now and I’m really loving how it’s turning out. I’m using a lot of beads too and that reminded me about how I’ve been planning to post my beading tutorial for ages and never got round to it, so here it is!

You will need beads appropriate to the size of your yarn. I really like size 6/0 for fingering weight yarn. It sits nicely on the loop without rattling around. I really like Miyuki 6/0 Seed Beads. There’s loads of colours and they are very regular in size so they all look even in your knitting. You also need (for this method) a small crochet hook. a 0.75mm steel hook works perfectly for 6/0 beads. This tutorial talks about purling because I like putting my beads on purl rows, but it’ll work just as well if you knit first.

Start by purling to the stitch where you will place the bead. Put a bead on your crochet hook.

Start by purling to the stitch where you will place the bead. Put a bead on your crochet hook.

Using the crochet hook, lift up the stitch and lift it off the needle.

Using the crochet hook, lift up the stitch and lift it off the needle.

Slip the bead from the crochet hook over the stitch.

Slip the bead from the crochet hook over the stitch.

Place the stitch back on the right needle.

Place the stitch back on the right hand needle.

Tighten the stitch back up.

Tighten the stitch back up.

Continue knitting the pattern.

Continue knitting the pattern.

If you’ve never tried beading before, give it a go. It’s a great way to glam up a simple pattern!