How to place beads with a crochet hook

Last Wednesday I posted a tutorial about how to place beads with dental floss. Since then I have gone out and purchased a crochet hook and practiced using it to place beads. This is now to place beads with a crochet hook

Tools:

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A 0.8mm crochet hook (this is for lace weight you might need to use a slightly larger one for fingering weight yarn)

Knitting to bead (this swatch uses BC Garn Babyalpaca 10/2 a thick lace weight on 4 mm needles)

6/0 beads

Instructions:

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Load the bead on the crochet hook and place it so the bead won’t fall off

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When I get to the stitch I want to bead I slip the crochet hook into that stitch and slip the stitch off the needle.

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Then slip the bead from the crochet hook onto the stitch. I found this a bit difficult at first because I kept splitting the yarn but I eventually got it down.

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Next I replace the stitch on the needle and knit it.

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This is what it looks like when the wrong row has been worked. This is exactly the same as the bead looked after it was placed with dental floss.

 

Compared to the dental floss method I found the crochet hook a bit faster. I could load two beads on the hook and work for a bit longer in-between fishing for beads. It did involve spending money on a tiny crochet hook and I’m not sure I have the best size for general use. I sometimes end up splitting the plies apart when I slip the bead from the crochet hook to the stitch.  I think as long as I’m working with a thin yarn I’ll stick with the crochet hook for the time being

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How to Place Beads with Waxed Dental Floss

I’ve beaded a few projects and most of them have used beads placed on individual stitches instead of prestrung beads. I am cheap and I don’t have a tiny crochet hook to place the beads (something that I really should change) so I have always used dental floss. This is how I do it.

Tools: 

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Waxed non-flavoured dental floss cut in 3 – 4 in (8 – 11 cm) sections

Knitting to bead (this swatch uses BC Garn Babyalpaca 10/2 a thick lace weight on 4 mm needles)

6/0 seed beads

Instructions:

When I get to a stitch I want to bead I thread the floss through it.

When I get to a stitch I want to bead I thread the floss through it.

Fold the floss in half

Fold the floss in half

Take the stitch off the needle

Take the stitch off the needle

Thread the bead on the floss

Thread the bead on the floss

And push the bead from the floss onto the stitch

And push the bead from the floss onto the stitch

Replace stitch on the needle

Replace stitch on the needle

Remove floss

Remove floss

Knit the beaded stitch

Knit the beaded stitch

After you work the next row this is how it looks.

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This method is good because you don’t have to spend any money on any specialized tools. Unfortunately using floss takes forever. If you are making something heavily beaded it can really slow you down. I’m hoping next week I’ll be able to purchase a crochet hook I can use for beading and compare it to dental floss.