Slip Stitches

I don´t know why but I just like them and they are so easy to knit – really good for beginners and you can create nice patters with less effort, with one or more colours.

 

A slip stitch is a stitch that you don´t knit but just slip from one needle to the other. Depending on the pattern you Je nach Anleitung sticht man in die Masche wie zum Linksstricken ein und hebt die Masche von der linken auf die rechte Nadel. Man kann auch wie zum rechtsstricken einstechen, dann wird sie aber nach normalem stricken in der Folgereihe zur verschränkten Masche. Generell kann in der Folgereihe eine Hebemasche links oder rechts gestrickt oder aber auch erneut einfach abgehoben werden. Then you should knit a bit loose so that you have enough thread as buffer

 

Very nice (and really professional but easy to knit) are slip stitch pattern with two colours. The colour change is always after two rows and depending on the pattern you just slipt the stitch instead of knitting it. I won´t dig deeper into it here, as it might be to confusing. Just give it a try.

 

Knitting with Beads

Embroidered beads or sequins are giving you knitted projects a special touch of elegance.  And the variations offered in the internet make a the right decision really difficult. It is important to see if they are water-resistant so that your favourite scarf does not come out with a different colour after washing. Size is also important so that you can work them in according to the thickness of the yarn and also the weight for avoiding of pulling down your knitwear. 

But this is not about the beads  but how do I get them into the scarf. There are actually just two methods: 

1. Slip-stitch method

For me the simplest and most practical method. You just need to pre-thread your beads before casting on (maybe a few more then you really need to be on the safe side in case you are not working after a special pattern). Thread a fine sewing needle with sewing thread and knot the two ends together. Pass the end of the yarn through the loop of thread so that it folds over on itself. Pick up a few beads onto the needle, slide them over the thread and push them firmly down onto the yarn. Repeat until all beads you need are on the yarn. Remove the yarn from the loop of thread and slide all of the beads towards the ball. Now you are ready to cast on. See pics on the left side. For placing the bead on right-side and wrong-side rows: With yarn on the right side of the work, slide a bead up the yarn, slip the next stitch purlwise, then if necessary bring the yarn between the needles to work the next stitch, leaving the bead at the front of the work. 

 

2. Hooking-in method

With this method you are a bit more flexible as you don´t need to think about how many beads you need before casting on. To hook in a bead using a crochet hook (0.75mm max size) on a right-side and a wrong-site row, put a bead on the hook, slip the stitch onto the hook and then pull the stitch through the bead, taking care not to split the stitch (I got crazy about that when I did it with a double thread.....). Slip the stitch back onto the left-hand needle taking care not to twist it, knit or purl it tightly so that the bead sits neatly on the stitch.

Slip-Stitch Method

Pro´s Con´s
All beads are there right when you need them. You always need to slide the beads towards the ball.

All beads are directly in the right order in case you are following a pattern.

Sliding the beads could affect the yarn.

Hooking-in Method

Pro´s Con´s
No pre-threading. You can hook in the beads spontaneously.  Beads need a special size for fitting on the crochet hook.

You can see the beads from both sides.

You need to have or buy a crochet hook.
  Are you a knitter on the go you would need to carry the beads with you, too.


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