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Old 10-23-2006, 05:23 PM   #1
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Knitting/Crocheting with beads
I remember reading somewhere that someone's way of knitting or crocheting with beads was to pre-string a fine thread with beads, one so fine that it didn't change the gauge of the work, and work that along with the main yarn. Then when they wanted a bead, they just pulled one up from that fine thread. Has anyone done it like this? Is there a special type of thread one uses, or is it just sewing thread in a matching color?

And one question I've wondered about for a while regarding the pre-stringing method. What happens when there's a knot and you have to cut that knot out? Do you have to string on all the beads again?!

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Old 10-23-2006, 07:14 PM   #2
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I've knitted with beads, and I've found that it's hard to find a needle that is thin enough for the beads but with an eye big enough for the yarn. I read somewhere that you can use nail polish to form the end of the yarn into a point and just thread the beads onto the yarn that way, without a needle. It works like a charm!

If you get to a knot in the yarn, just slide the beads down as far as you can, break the yarn, and re-join past the part of the knot. You won't have to re-string.
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:45 PM   #3
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Here's a beading technique with no stringing involved, I think Julie had posted this earlier!
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Old 10-23-2006, 10:24 PM   #4
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I've been working on Perdita from Knitty, and I found that either a needle threader or a dental floss threader [UNUSED] works well to string beads onto the yarn. Of course, Perdita is made with size 5 embroidery cotton, so it's not terribly hard to string the beads.
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Old 10-24-2006, 09:11 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the advice. Nail polish, got it, dental floss threader, got it.

So then, does this mean that no one knows the particular method I was talking about?

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