Beaded Knitting Hoisted atop Stitches

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Ethereal Lace Tunic, Bogus Bohus Cardigan

Hoisting heads atop stitches is one of my favorite methods of getting beads on knitting. I adapted the technique from machine knitting. It requires no pre-stringing, vet it is an integral part of the fabric. An unstrung bead is hoisted atop a whole stitch.

1 use a special little latch hook called the American Beadle, which is actually a needle with a wooden handle used on a hosiery machine. You can also use any small, steel crochet hook meant for fine doilies.

Work up to the actual srirch that will hold the bead. Place the bead on the American Beadle or crochet hook, l ake the stitch off the knitting needle and transfer it to the small hook.

Push the bead down onto the srirch until the whole srirch is pulled through ihe hole of the bead.

Place the stitch back on rhe knitting needle. It is now ready to be knitted or slipped as if to purl (nor worked).

My preference is to slip the stitch because it forms a small float or strand behind the beaded srirch. Not only does this method make the bead stand out from the stitch, it protects the bead from skin oils and vice versa. There is nothing like the feel of cold beads against the body on a frigid, winter morning! Working the stitch does mean that the bead is positioned fully away from the needles, and eases the knitting process somewhat. Ir drops the bead down to a lower position and rhe bead is out of the way, so the stitch does not feel overly light.

Whether you knitted or slipped rhe beaded stitch, note how ir is now perfectly vertical. This means that beads with a clear direction will finally sit upright!

Bead on hook, stitch taken off

Stitch pulled through head

Stitch ready to be either butted or slipped

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The advantages of this method are many, lr works in any stitch pattern. I here is no abrasion on the yarn since there's no presrringing. I he bead is very secure since borh legs of a stitch—the two strands—hold it. Lcss-than-smooth yarn maybe used. If you desire varying colors or types of beads, they do not have to be strung in exact order beforehand. Thus, one may add beads spontaneously—even whimsically—during the process. When you're working wiili more than one strand of yarn, each of the different yarns need not be prestrung. Furthermore, it is easy to add another color to a colorwork partem without having to deal with more strands of yarn—just change the bead color! I use this method to attach shank buttons on buttonbands and to avoid sewing burtons on! (Can you tell 1 really like this method?)

Note: As a bonus, one of my favorite beaded cast-ons is included with the Ethereal Lace Tunic.

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