So as I was knitting away on the Blue Blob, I had a sudden thought. “Beads. Perhaps some beads would look good on this.” I’d had a good experience with the beads on the Perdita cuff, and the idea didn’t seem impossible. I bought a small packet of variegated irredescent blue beads at the knitting store to see how the color looked, and knitted a bit of a sample to figure out where to place them. I decided that knitting them at the tops of the YO holes in the Old Shale edging would make a nice effect, and found a bunch more similar beads for a whole lot less at Alexander’s Bead Bazaar, so mixed them all up in a flat lidded container.
Rather than string them all onto the yarn and slide them into place, I decided to use the wire technique, a variation on the crochet hook technique. I don’t happen to have a crochet hook that small. It may be a faster method, and I’ll give it a try sometime. I did have some Tigertail bead stringing wire, so I cut about a 6 inch length and crimped it hard near the center, making a V shape.
After knitting the pattern row, I came back, knitting into every stitch. After knitting into a YO, I slipped the new stitch off the right needle with the wire
then put a bead onto the wire and slid it down into the stitch.
I put the stitch back onto the right needle, snugged down the excess yarn,
and knitted the next stitch. Only 479 more beads to go! Not that I’m counting, or anything.
The advantage to the crochet/wire technique is that the bead is nicely centered on a stitch, and equally visible from both sides of the finished piece, a good quality in a shawl. (Sorry about the picture quality — the camera just really wanted to focus on the table, not the fuzzy stuff.)