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Warming Up

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Posted - 08/24/2006 :  06:30:33 AM  Show Profile Send EliotsSocks a Private Message
When designing patterns that incorporate beads... do you normally have the knitter prestring the beads or add them one at a time with a crochet hook? Personally, I use a crochet hook, but I think this technique might be too fiddly for the people buying the patterns (eventually!).

What's your experience?

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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 08/24/2006 :  08:15:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit go get your smock's Homepage Send go get your smock a Private Message
I have only tried both methods once each, and I will be highly unlikely to ever string the beads on in advance ever again. Ever.

Gimmee a crochet hook (or dental floss -- thanks, KR colleagues!) any time.

And I prefer the way the beads stay put with the crochet hook method -- but I may have been doing it wrong on the string 'em all up in advance method. But they kept moving to the back of the work.

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Posted - 08/24/2006 :  08:56:48 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
I think it could depend on how many beads we are talking about. I have done it both ways and like the look both ways.

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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 08/24/2006 :  7:15:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit TaraGel's Homepage Send TaraGel a Private Message
I'm attempting my first beaded shawl right now and I would never want to string the beads first. I'm using the crochet hook method and it's so easy that I feel very comfortable adding beads to whatever I like now.

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Warming Up

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Posted - 09/06/2006 :  10:14:48 AM  Show Profile Send EliotsSocks a Private Message
Thanks for your feedback! I think for small quantities, the crochet hook is the way I'll go for my pattern... larger quantities make sense to be strung first.

Happy Knitting!
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New Pal

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Posted - 09/24/2006 :  8:18:11 PM  Show Profile Send Beenispired a Private Message
Where can I find info on how to use the crocet method?
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