Knitting with Beads
This week on Ask Me Monday we’re knitting with beads!
Years ago I was invited to take part in the “Crafting from the Collection” series at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in which I was asked to pick a few pieces from the collection as inspiration for handicrafts I would create. One of the works I chose was a painting by Wilson Alwyn Bently entitled, “Dew on Spider’s Vertical Web.” My take on the piece was a lace-weight, knit ascot with elongated stitches to mock the web and glass beads to evoke the look of dew.
With Summer coming upon us, I thought elements from this scarf seem timely, especially updated with brightly, hand-dyed yarn. Our focus is on how knitting with beads is an easy way to add interest and texture to a piece while pairing with graduated loops balances out a project to keep it airy. Tune in live on Facebook at 12pmCT (today, Monday 5/8), or watch the recorded broadcast below. Then put your beading skills to work by knitting your version of the Dewy scarf!
Tips for Knitting with Beads
- Always knit beads on the wrong side of the piece.
- If your sewing needle has too small of an eye to accommodate both the bead hole and the yarn size, use a piece of thread as a catalyst (see video)
- If you need to add a bead on the right side of the piece and/or run out of pre-strung beads, use a tiny crochet hook to place bed directly on the stitch.
Knitting with Beads: Dewy Ascot
Approx 230 yds, laceweight yarn
Size US 6 (4.0mm) Needles — I used Knitter’s Pride Marblz
Sewing thread & needle (see video)
4 1/2” (at beaded ends) x 30”
25 sts x 24 rows= 4” (10cm) in pattern
Note: Gauge is not important for this project
Directions (Make 2)
Pre-string beads onto yarn.
CO 26 sts.
Rows 1-2: Knit.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4 (WS): Knit (sliding 1 bead up per stitch).
Row 5: K 6, *YO, K1, YO2, K1, YO3, K1, YO2, K1, YO, K6. Repeat from * to end
Row 6: Knit all knit sts, drop all YOs.
Rows 7-8: Knit all sts.
Row 9: K1, *YO, K1, YO2, K1, YO3, K1, YO2, K1, YO, K6. Repeat to last 5 sts. YO, K1, YO2, K1, YO3, K1, YO2, K1, YO, K1.
Row 10: Repeat row 6.
Repeat Rows 3-10, 8 times more.
Repeat Rows 3-10, 4 times more, but WITHOUT using beads on Row 4.
Use mattress stitch to attach seam two pieces together at narrow ends.
Weave in ends. Block if necessary.