Knitting with beads: 30 beautiful sweaters, scarves, hats & gloves 9781579902506 by Jane Davis was not a book I expected to love and I was right. Beads on clothing usually are not for me. However, my sister goes for a bit more bling and so I had hopes for some good ideas. I also thought it could be useful since I need to learn how to spin with beads (another spinning group assignment). It looks like the author gives clear instructions, but I haven’t tried the techniques so I can’t really assess this aspect of the book. The designs were uninspiring to me.
The other two techniques require the beads to be pre-strung on the knitting yarn. First comes beaded knitting, in which “you slide one or more beads between stitches, traditionally in garter stitch, so that the beads hang at the back of the current row.” Beads are on both sides of the knitting in this technique. If you knit on both sides of the bead, the bead will sit in back and if you purl on both sides it will sit in front. The Cascading diamonds scarf is an attractive example of this technique.
The last section is devoted to bead knitting in which “you slide a bead into the stitches you knit. The beads are all on the front of the finished knitting, sitting on one strand of a specific stitch.” I confess I do not understand the difference between these two techniques. I think bead knitting may use with stockinette and has beads only on one side.
Overall, I am glad the library has this book because it probably has a couple of techniques I could look up if I ever decide DJ need more beads in her life. I doubt I will be checking the book out again in the near future.