Synopses & Reviews
Never have two distinct crafts paired as beautifully as knitting and beading. In Knit One, Bead Too
Judith Durant introduces crafters to fun stitching techniques that perk up knitted items with beautiful beads. Now knitters will have fun embellishing their fiber crafts with pretty beads, and jewelry makers will enjoy the challenge of working with beads in a whole new way.
Knit One, Bead Too arms crafters with the skills to pair fibers and beads in unexpected ways. Five distinct knitting methods fully incorporate beads into knitted items rather than simply adding beads as fringe or appliqué. The results are intricate works of art that every knitter will be proud to wear.
Each of the five techniques - Bead Knitting, Beaded Knitting, Slipstitch Bead Knitting, Carry-along Bead Knitting, and Hooked Beading - is carefully described with in-depth text and step-by-step illustrations. Durant describes all the tips and tricks of knitting with each technique, including casting on and binding off, beading with various stitches, and correcting mistakes.
Each of the five technique sections includes three complete patterns that highlight that beading method. A Golden Purse shows off Beaded Knitting on an evening bag that sparkles and shimmers. A subtler project uses Slipstitch Bead Knitting to add elegance to a Magic Mohair Beret. Thirteen additional projects give crafters plenty of options to play with before striking out on their own. Once the techniques are mastered, knitters will want to add beads to all sorts of patterns!
Add sparkle to your knitting!
Embellish your knitted projects with eye-catching beauty of beads. Using five easy-to-learn beading techniques, you can turn designs for simple bags and wearables into stunning special-occasion creations. And it's all done right on your knitting needles!
Judith Durant offers step-by-step instructions for mastering the techniques as well as sixteen original patterns that feature beadwork. What's more, after you have learned how to knit with beads, you can apply the techniques to any pattern. The possiblities for beaded knitting are endless!
Praise for the book:
"An inspiring, in-depth, and accesible guide to knitting with beads. With excellent instructions, Judith not only answers the questions about these tantalizing techniques, she also presents a world of possibilities for knitters of all levels. In this knitter's opinion, Knit One Bead Too is destined to become a definitive and very welcome addition to the world of knitting."
- Cheryl Oberle, Author of Knitted Jackets, Folk Vests, and Folk Shawls
"Spectacular, highly appealing projects - gloves, pillow, shawl, sweaters, and more - using nearly forgotten bead knitting techniques...a fresh twist on the craft, with subtle, understated colors and designs." - Diane Fitzgerald, Internationally known bead artist and author of several books, including Shaped Beadwork
Judith Durant introduces you to fun techniques that will perk up your knitted items with beautiful beads. Five distinct techniques fully incorporate beads into knitted items rather than simply adding beads as fringe or appliqué. The results are intricate works of art that you'll be proud to wear or give as gifts.
Each of the techniques -- Bead Knitting, Beaded Knitting, Slipstitch Bead Knitting, Carry-Along Bead Knitting, and Hooked Beading -- is carefully explained with in-depth text and step-by-step illustrations. Everything is covered, including casting on and binding off, beading with various stitches, and correcting mistakes.
Each of the five technique sections also includes three original patterns that show off the technique. Try Beaded Knitting on a golden evening bag that sparkles and shimmers. A subtler project uses Slipstitch Bead Knitting to add elegance to a mohair beret.
Once you've mastered the techniques, you'll want to add beads to all of your favorite patterns!
About the Author
Judith Durant is the editor of One-Skein Wonders, 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders, Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders, and Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders. She is also a founding editor of Interweave Knits magazine and the author of Never Knit Your Man a Sweater* (*unless you've got the ring!). Her designs and articles have appeared in Interweave Knits, Beadwork, and Piecework
Table of Contents
The Best of Both Worlds
1 Tools and Techniques
Knitting Needles and Hooks
Taming Strung Beads
2 Bead KnittingTechnique in Detail:
Preventing Bias Skew, Knitting with a Bead, Purling with a Bead, Reading Charts, Correcting MistakesProjects:
Carpet Coasters, Turquoise Mixed Bag, Colorful Diamonds Gloves
3 Beaded KnittingTechnique in Detail:
Beading between Knit Stitches, Beading between Purl Stitches, Beading with Garter and Reverse Stockinette Stitches, Shaping with Beads, Casting On and Binding Off with Multiple Beads, Correcting MistakesProjects:
Iridescent Beaded Scarf, Golden Purse, Crystal Cardigan
4 Slipstitch Bead KnittingTechnique in Detail:
Slipstitching a Single Bead, Slipstitching Multiple Beads, Inspired Slipstich BeadingProjects:
Magic Mohair Beret, Beady-Eyed Cable Socks, Beads-Go-Sporty Pullover
5 Carry-Along Bead KnittingTechnique in Detail:
Placing a Bead over a Single Stitch, Placing Several Beads over a Single Stitch, Placing Several Beads over Multiple Stitches, Correcting Mistakes, Avoiding the Twist, Inspired Carry-Along BeadsProjects:
Grapes and Berries Pillow, Drop-Bead Evening Shell, Zulu Inspired Vest
6 Hook Bead KnittingTechnique in Detail:
Hooking a Bead, Bead Placement by Rows, Knitting vs. Slipping, Slipstitch Beading vs. Hook Bead Knitting, Inspired Hook Bead KnittingProjects:
Mermaid Shoulder Bag, Beady Tam, Wedding Stole
7 Putting It All TogetherProject:
Sampler Beaded Bag