Knitting with Beads: Patterns & Tutorials Every Beader Should Have on Hand

Knitting with Beads: Patterns & Tutorials Every Beader Should Have on Hand

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Knitting is such an enjoyable and relaxing craft, the only way you could possibly improve on it would be to add beads, of course! Bead knitting is done when beads are strung on your knitting thread or fiber before you start to knit. As each stitch is made, a bead is slid forward and knitted into place. Bead knitting has been used for hundreds of years to make purses and bags and to add beads to sweaters, hats and other clothing. Beads can be added in a particular sequence according to a chart or graph to produce lovely and elegant patterns in the finished bead knitting. The beads usually show on both sides of the knitting so that the finished item can be reversed. Beads can be added in every single knitted stitch, or they can be spaced out as desired to create patterns and texture in between the plain stitches.However you decide to do it, bead knitting is sure to become a favorite beading technique!

Today we’re presenting our ultimate list of 8 knitting with beads patterns and resources, both free and premium, in downloads, printed and DVD formats. We’ve chosen these based on popularity amongst our readers and usefulness, so you know you’ll find at least a few things you’ll come to love below.

Free Knitting with Beads Patterns, Tutorials & Blog Posts

1. 4 Brilliant Swatch Inspirations for Knitting with Beads

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Our sister site Knitting Daily have showcased four lustworthy examples of how to do bead knitting right. I’ll take one of each, please and thank you.


2. Knitting Beads into a Cardigan

knitting with beads patterns

This free cardigan knitting pattern provides a great project for something for grandma or for you to wear around the house, and the bead embellishments keep it from looking boring.


3. How to Knit with Beads

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This tutorial goes over the basics of knitting beads, and the different techniques you can use to achieve similar looks.


Our Most Popular Bead Knitting Books & Resources in the Interweave Store

5. On-Demand Webinar: Beaded Knitting for Beginners

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Never had the chance to try bead knitting before? You’ll want to head over to this video to give you all the instructions you need to get started.


6. Book: Knit and Crochet with Beads

knit and crochet with beads

Don’t stop at mere knitting; this fantastic resource will have you crocheting with beads in no time. Mix the two crafts together by adding beaded crochet edging to your knitwear!


7. Scarf Knitting with Beads Pattern

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Virtually everyone who has tried their hand at knitting knows that scarves are a great place to start, not only for knitting itself, but also for new techniques. That makes these patterns great for an experienced knitter who’d like to start adding beads or stitching lace for the first time.


8. Bead Knitting Shawls

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This shawl incorporates beads not just on the edges, but throughout the entire piece. Follow the color scheme in this pattern, or use the blueprint to create your own scheme.

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