In July 2012 we added a Beading Lace Tutorial Video to our website. Be sure to watch this video for the newer method I use to add beads to lace knitting!
Here are a few close up shots of beading with the dental threader. Notice the end of the stem is bent to create a hook. This helps to pick up your beads and grab the stitch.
First – the threader with beads strung.
Second – the hook grabs the stitch.
Third – the hook pulls the stitch from the needle.
Fifth – placing the stitch back on the needle. Then release the hook and knit into the stitch.
I’d highly suggest practicing your beading technique on a pattern swatch. One of the differences betwen having beads on the working yarn and adding a bead via a hook is where the bead lands on the stitch. You may need to adjust up or down a stitch for the bead.
Another thing to keep in mind is if you are knitting a border that is bound off then stitches picked up along the long edge. The beads will be going in different directions if the border was knit one direction and the body another.
Chris just told me it’s a good thing that my nails were clean! Oh boy, I hadn’t thought of that!