Have you tried knitting with beads? It’s awfully addictive. It takes simple stocking stitch and makes it into a jewelled wonder. There are lots of fabulous beaded shawls and other projects out there.

Me, I’m slightly obsessed with Laura Nelkin’s fabulous bead knitting kits. They’re small projects, easy and quick to knit – practically instant gratification! – and the end results are those rare wear-everywhere go-with-everything pieces.

They’re also an excellent and affordable way to add something new to your wardrobe, if you’re feeling the winter blahs.

So very chic – and so very quick to knit!

Because we want to share the obsession, we’re giving away a Soutache bead knitting kit.

Even more beautiful close up.

Soutache is a great introduction to bead knitting, as no special skills at all are required – it’s just 4 strands of i-cord. The kit contains everything you need – yarn, beads, a dental floss threader (yes, really, the bead knitter’s best friend) and the clasps for both the necklace and the bracelet.

You can see more of Laura’s kits in her Etsy shop.


You know the drill: leave a comment below to win; deadline is Sunday February 17th, Midnight EST. We will randomly pull a name, and the winner will answer a skill-testing question. Winner chooses the kit colour!

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263 Responses to Obsession: Knitting with Beads

  1. Sarah J says:

    Looks like a fun project!

  2. Susan says:

    Really lovely — I know someone who would love this!

  3. Doreen says:

    Looks great!

  4. Jess says:

    Pretty green!

  5. JenniferC says:

    Ohhh pretty. She has some great projects!

  6. Kathryn says:

    Why it’s one more Laura Nelkin design to love!

  7. Mama_g says:

    Great intro to beads … I’ve been avoiding for no good reason.

  8. Jessie says:

    Oh, no. I feel a new obsession coming on. I love, love, love knitted jewelry with beads.

  9. Beth says:

    Beautiful! Please enter me.

  10. E. Engman says:

    I usually use a crochet hook–steel size 11–to add beads. I’ll have to try the floss method.

  11. Lydia-Ann says:

    What a lovely project!

  12. Helen says:

    The necklace and bracelet are gorgeous. I would love to try knitting with beads!

  13. sarah says:

    Ooh, I would love to make this.

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