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Monday, June 15, 2009

Crocheting Beads into your work is easier than you might think!

It's no secret that I love to crochet, and every now and then I enjoy dressing it up a little with beads. That's what I did for Jane's pink bag, and also for the little white Rosary case I whipped up for my sister's feast day gift. In fact, her feast day is today, June 15, the feast of Saint Germaine Cousin of Pibrac, France. So I'll know by the end of the day if she liked her little gift, beads and all.

Many of you faithful readers have asked how I crocheted the beads into the projects, so below is a little video to show you.

Crochet sample with beadsThis is the little sample you will see being worked in the video. Notice how the beads in both rows are slanted in the same direction. This is because they were added to the project from the same side of the work for each row. In other words, to get this same result, you would have to add your beads on either all right side rows, or on all wrong side rows. If you add some on right side rows and some on wrong side rows, they will slant in different directions, and also be more prominent on different sides. So when planning a project, keep this in mind and work the beads in from the same side of the piece throughout.

Crochet sample with beadsThe picture above shows the opposite side of the piece from where the beads were worked in.

Crochet sample with beadsThis picture shows the side of the work that was facing when the beads were worked in. Depending on the look you want to achieve with the beads, you will need to decide which will be the front and which will be the back of your work.

Run and grab some scrap yarn and a few pony beads or whatever you might have to work up a sample, and crochet along with me. You'll see just how easy it is to add beads to your crochet.

Did you notice that double crochet stitch I sneaked in there at the end of the bead row? It was the second to last stitch. I guess that's what happens when I talk too much! But I know you'll forgive me.

Happy Stitching!

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  • Very cool trick there MG! I shall have to make myself a link to this post for future use! 8-)
    When you create a little video, do you have to make the file smaller to load it onto Google?
    I made a little video to email some instruction to a friend, but the file was way too big, and I am clueless as to how to change that...
    Any thoughts/help would be appreciated... 8-)

    By Blogger Myra, At June 15, 2009 at 12:40 PM  

  • thank you, thank you, and so many thank you,for showing this tutorial,
    lots of love

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At June 16, 2009 at 10:20 AM  

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