Crocheting with yarn or thread is wonderful and often you don’t need anything more than yarn and a hook. However there are times that a bead or two would look great on a crochet piece, or you may be making a beaded bracelet and of course you need some beads.
There are two methods, that I know of, to add beads to a crocheted item.
I am going to show you both methods for crocheting with beads and the pros and cons of using either method.
First there is the common method of adding beads to your yarn or thread before you start crocheting.
Con ~ For this method you have to know exactly how many beads you will need and the pattern you want them in before you start, or you will need to cut your yarn to add more beads.
Pro ~ This method is easier to use beads with different sized centers. You don’t have to find a hook that will fit through the center of the bead in order to use it.
The second method, and the one I learned first, is to pull the yarn or thread through the center of your bead with your hook. I have mostly seen this method used when putting beads on a pair of socks.
Con ~ You have to find a hook small enough to go through a bead. At times this can make it hard to hook your yarn. As you can see in the photo above my hook is TINY.
Pro ~ You can add as many beads as you like without cutting your yarn. You can also choose the pattern of the beads as you work.
Both of these methods work well, depending on what you are making one might work better for you.
Do you have anther method for adding beads to crochet work? I would love to hear about it in the comments.