Monday, April 23, 2018

Beaded Knitting

The 'floating section' for next year's competitions is a handbag in beaded knitting. If you look for 'beaded knitting' online, you find everything from a few beads added to a scarf to items that look as though they're made entirely of beads. I'm not  sure which sort the judges are going to be looking for, I hope to find out more at an information day, tomorrow or next week. In the meantime I've been working on some samples and finding out what I can.

The most useful pattern I found was this one by The BeadKnitter. It is knitted with only one colour bead, but gives the clearest instructions for how to add beads. The little flower sample is worked from a tunisian crochet pattern, which I found here. Lesson number one: my first attempt came out as a mirror image; because the beads are added from the back, the chart must be followed right to left when threading beads. I worked it again with tiny beads. It faces the right way, but the pattern doesn't show up well with such small beads.

 I came across Julia Pretl on Pinterest. Her beaded bags are inspirational. You can see  some of them here.

The tulip pattern at the top I worked from a knitting pattern book called Family Album by Kaffe Fassett and Zoe Hunt. The original chart shows where to use different coloured yarns, but it works just as well for different coloured beads. I think cross stitch patterns would also work.

I hope this post is not too garbled. I'm just beginning to explore beaded knitting and this helps to bring together my research so far. Beaded knitting is not the same as the beaded crochet ropes I've been making, but some of the principles are the same and the equipment is the same.  I do think my crochet work will help me with knitting.


  1. This is new to me. I wish people wouldn't keep putting things on that are new to me, it just gives me another thing to add to the list of new crafts tot try, LOL I'm not sure how I will get around to them all.

  2. I think you are off to a good start. Let's hope this is what the judges want as well. Good luck!

  3. Those look great!! :) I love the flower ones!! :)

  4. That is a WOW, something that I would never have thought possible. Will have to see how it is made.

  5. This is something new to me too. So lovely and as far as I understood you can also choose one from simple cross stitch or peyote patterns!

  6. I am fascinated with your new find and always impressed by your work😁❤😁

  7. Wow, that's awesome! Such small needles!! Size 0000... I've never used smaller than 2.5 mm (US 1 1/2)!
    As I understand things, any chart would work as long as the stitches are in lines and columns (sorry Ninetta to disagree, I think peyote wouldn't work because the chart shifts a little every other row, creating not columns but zigzags; so does tapestry crochet). You could find beautiful charts in cross-stitch indeed, or any colourwork in knitting. You could use Ravelry and their amazing database for stranded knitting or double-knitting; on the plus side: many patterns are free :)

  8. I have seen beaded knitting but not tried it, I like the tulip pattern, your test patterns will no doubt help you when you find out more of what they are looking for. By the sound of it a beaded handbag could be all bead work.

  9. this is amazing! I've never come across beaded knitting before. I'd be interested to know a bit more. Is it just knitting with a bead pulled forward on each stitch?

    1. Yes, absolutely. On wrong side rows. Right side rows are knitted without beads.