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Knit One, Bead Too: Essential Techniques for Knitting with Beads Hardcover-spiral – June 12, 2009

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From the Back Cover

Add sparkle to your knitting!

Embellish your knitted projects with eye-catching beauty of beads. Using five easy-to-learn beading techniques, you can turn designs for simple bags and wearables into stunning special-occasion creations. And it's all done right on your knitting needles!

Judith Durant offers step-by-step instructions for mastering the techniques as well as sixteen original patterns that feature beadwork. What's more, after you have learned how to knit with beads, you can apply the techniques to any pattern. The possiblities for beaded knitting are endless!

Praise for the book:
"An inspiring, in-depth, and accesible guide to knitting with beads. With excellent instructions, Judith not only answers the questions about these tantalizing techniques, she also presents a world of possibilities for knitters of all levels. In this knitter's opinion, Knit One Bead Too is destined to become a definitive and very welcome addition to the world of knitting."
- Cheryl Oberle, Author of Knitted Jackets, Folk Vests, and Folk Shawls

"Spectacular, highly appealing projects - gloves, pillow, shawl, sweaters, and more - using nearly forgotten bead knitting techniques...a fresh twist on the craft, with subtle, understated colors and designs." - Diane Fitzgerald, Internationally known bead artist and author of several books, including Shaped Beadwork

About the Author

Judith Durant is the editor of the best-selling One-Skein Wonders series, which currently includes seven volumes; the author of Cable Left, Cable RightIncrease, Decrease, and Knit One, Bead Too; and the co-author of Knitting Know-How. Durant has been knitting for more than 50 years and has been writing and editing for more than 30 years. She currently lives in Lowell, Massachusetts.
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (June 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603421491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603421492
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Annette on June 24, 2009
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This is the book I have been looking for. It teaches several different techniques of using beads in knitting. The illustrations are great as are the explanations of the techniques. She offers patterns for each of the techniques. This book is spiral bound so stays open easily. I have several other books on knitting with beads, but this is, by far, the best.
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I would give this book more stars if I could. Why do I like this book so much?

It is well written, well edited, and well illustrated.
The author has a BFA and it shows in the lovely designs. I can see making every one of them. And the alternate design colors suggested are lovely.

The author knows how to write an instructional book that is easy to use, entertaining, and tempting. Starting from a pictorial overview of the five established techniques for incorporating beads into your knitting, to the last project where you can try out every one of them on one small beaded bag, everything is there to make you learn and internalize the crafts of bead and beaded knitting. Yes there is a difference. Also the essential trick about using Eastern knitting to prevent bead knitting from warping is clearly illustrated in photos.

The best part is how the beads are an integral part of the designs from the choice of color and placement of the beads inside cables, or other appropriate knitting stitches to how they add beauty to the garments and accessories. They are not added on for the ride. The lovely scarf is designed to be knit from the center out for symmetry, but with a smart provisional cast on so you do not need to fuss with weaving the two halves and possibly ruining the scarf on the last step. I love how thoughtful all the designs are in preventing problems before you get there.

As a final bonus, the book is hardcover but also ring bound so it lies perfectly flat as you follow the row by row instructions when you need to. It is small so you can take it with you in a bag. And she tells you how to store the strung yarn so you do not get those devilish slip knots in your work.

If you want to buy one knitting book for learning how to use beads and yarn, make it this one. You won't need another beaded knitting book. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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I just picked up this book on a whim and am so glad I did! I found the directions to be very clear, concise and easy to read. The accompanying pictures show great detail as well as alternate ideas with different colors of yarns and beads that will give your project a whole different look. I especially like that it shows many different techniques to add beads to your project, because I feel confident that I can add beads to almost anything I knit regardless of the type of yarn and beads I choose. I am looking forward to creating many unique items with the added sparkle of beads. Thanks Judith!
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I'm a life long knitter and only recently began to incorporate beading in my knitting. I have found most knitting books woefully inadequate in their descriptions of how to use beads. I spent many frustrating hours trying to teach myself how to knit and crochet with beads.

Thsi book is the answer to my needs. it very clearly outlines the how-tos of knitting with bead and shows techniques that take the mystery out of "small bead/big yarn" dilemmas. The patterns are lovely and timeless. I can't tell you how many times I've had "aha!" moments with this book. If you want to knit with beads/paillettes in any way,this is the book for you!
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This book contains the clearest explanations for knitting with beads I have ever seen. It has step-by-step pictures for several methods of beaded knitting as well as a variety of other methods of knitting with beads (pre-stringing, hooked beads, etc). It also includes those priceless tips and tricks for making your knitting look perfect.

The patterns in this book are decent--some more to my taste than others but that is purely personal. Each of the patterns also includes notes on an alternative design (different beads, different yarn, etc) to give you ideas on how to modify each pattern.

The sizing is excellent with sizes for the (few) sweaters extending well into both the small and large sizes.

I don't knit with beads often but that was mostly due to frustration--now that I have read this book, I'm reading to give it another go!
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I love collecting techniques and this adds several to my repertoire. I have taught bead knitting for several years and am now looking forward to trying some of the other methods aside from putting a bead on every stitch. As with most knitting books, there are a few project shown that I am not interested in making, but the illustrations give me ideas for projects to try the technique.
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I am still reading and rereading this book for the information available in it on how to knit with beads. I had some information when I bought this book, but this book took information about knitting with beads to a whole new level. There are discussions on pre-loading the beads or adding them one at a time. She discusses how to take a pattern, like a counted cross stitch pattern and load the beads so that you can recreate the image when you are knitting. She also discusses the differences between knitting the bead into place and dropping the bead between stitches. Like I said I am still reading and rereading this book to absorb all the information in it. I haven't tried any of the patterns so I cannot comment on how easy or hard the directions are to follow.
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