Weaving with Grains– Try it!

Have you tried adding beads to a yarn project? One of the challenges this month for Camp Loopy is to mix materials, and one of the options is knitting with beads. I love beads, so that’s the challenge that I’m doing!

Why add beads to yarn projects?

– Beads add a bit of sparkle and pop
– They also add a nice bit of weight to the hemline or body
– Beading breaks up all of the knitting and adds fun to your knitting time
– It’s easy to do and something different

I’m working on Knit Night by Inspiration Knits with a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in Exploration Station. (We sold out of that Camp color, but we have ordered more.)

The pattern is an interesting (and very easy) construction and not one that I’ve done before. This would make a really fun gift for those on your gifting list, with or without beads added to it. However, knitting with beads is a good skill to add to your list and it adds a little extra to the finished gift. Here is my progress so far.

How do you knit with beads? Here is the way I do it:

First, add your bead to a tiny crochet hook.

The Loopy Ewe Knitting with Beads

Second, put the next stitch on your left hand needle, onto the hook.

The Loopy Ewe Knitting with Beads

Third, slide the bead down over the two legs of the stitch.

The Loopy Ewe Knitting with Beads

Next, put the stitch back on the left needle.

The Loopy Ewe Knitting with Beads

Last, knit (or slip – whatever the pattern calls for) as a normal stitch.

The Loopy Ewe Knitting with Beads

Need some yarn and bead ideas?

I decided to play with yarn and bead combos today. Here are a few that I came up with using Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere.

After Hours/6-1020, Lafayette/6-135S, She Walks in Beauty/6-222Kiss Me Kate B/6-1026, La Luz/6-1006, Uptown Electric/6-152Crocus Hocus Pocus/6-4210, Anything Goes/6-1008, Icy Colorado Winter/6-413R

Here are some with Uschitita Merino Singles:

Uschitita knitting with beads The Loopy Ewe
Cosmopolitan/6-414R, Cloud Atlas/6-148S, Eyes Wide Shut/6-1884Sugared Violets/6-1446, Canyon/6-1008, Moccachino/6-1255Galaxy/6-275, Fern/6-2405, Lullaby/6-26F

Here are some other patterns to check out:

Slipstream Cowl, Slipstream Hat, Slipstream Mitts, Stay Awhile, Charmayne, Close to You, Hitchhiker, Nurmilintu, Pimpelliese, and Abstract Leaves Cowl.

We’re always happy to match beads for you. Just order a tube with your yarn order and leave us a note that you’d like us to pick the best match for your yarn. We’ll check to see if there might be a better option for you.

How About You?

Have you used beads in your knitting projects? Do you like it? Do you have other favorite patterns that call for beads? I’d love to hear your experience!

Hope you all have a great weekend!


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