Carol from the comments asked about the crochet method of beading I mentioned in my last post, so I figured I'd put together a little tutorial for anyone who hasn't run across this nifty method of beading before.
Whenever I've used beads in the past, I strung them on the yarn and then slid them down as needed. There are some obvious downsides to this method -- if you've got a lot of beads, they can wear on the yarn and cause it to break (which is exactly what happened to me a few days ago while I was working on my Mystery Stole.) You also have to know exactly how many beads you're going to be using beforehand, so that you can string them onto the yarn. There is a better way! I have tried the crochet method of beading, and I am now a convert. If you haven't tried this method before, here's how it goes:
First, you place your bead on your crochet hook. The Beadwrangler page has some recommendations on what size hook to use with what beads -- and obviously, that size is very small!
Next, using your hook, lift up the stitch you want to bead.
Now you can slide your bead down over the stitch, and slip the stitch back onto the needle to be knit.
The beaded stitch is now ready to be knit, and on you go!