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knitting bind-off with beads (tutorial)

8 February 2008 30,308 views 12 Comments

beadedWay back in the Spring when I finished Hanami, I had it in my head to write a tutorial on how to do the beaded bind off. Spring led to Summer and a ton of travel, Summer led to Fall and we moved across country so the tutorial fell into the drawer of One Day. As it turns out, One Day is today.

This version of the beaded bind off is really easy with the right tools. The first thing is to get a small enough crochet hook to fit through the bead and still have room for the yarn. The one shown here is ridiculously small (0.75mm;) it’s way teenier than it needs to be, but it was what they had at the store AND it was on sale. That makes it the right size for me. I’m not a beader, so I don’t really how the sizes work, but the ones I used are 6/0 seed beads. The yarn is the leftover Seasilk from Hanami, but with the right combo of yarn and beads, you can use this cast-off on anything.

Beaded Cast Off Tutorial

The bind off is essentially the same as normal with the addition of adding the bead on every other stitch.

1. Start by knitting one.

Beaded Cast Off Tutorial

2. Put a bead on the crochet hook and take that first stitch off the right hand needle.

Beaded Cast Off Tutorial

3. Hook the stitch with the crochet hook and slide the bead down over it.

Beaded Cast Off Tutorial

4. Put the stitch back on the right hand needle.

Beaded Cast Off Tutorial

5. Knit the next stitch.

Beaded Cast Off Tutorial

6. Pass the beaded stitch over just like a normal bind off.

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7. Knit the next stitch and pass the first one over.

8. Repeat steps 2-8 until you’re finished.

9. Marvel at the sparkliness of your finished handknit.
Beaded Cast Off Tutorial

Easy hey? As always, bigger pictures in the flickr set.


  • Danielle said:

    Ooh, sparkly, pretty!

  • maryse said:

    hey, that’s super easy. and i actually have crochet hooks that small!

  • Jennie said:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! :)

  • dorkyquilts said:

    This is so cool! Thanks for the ‘tute.

  • Heather said:

    Fantastic tutorial–thanks for taking the time to post that!

  • Cheryl said:

    So that’s what you used that itsy bitsy crochet hook for! Thanks for the tutorial – so great!

  • Mandella said:

    I love it when people share knowledge like this. Thank you (and the pictures are wonderfully clear).

  • kirsty said:

    Whoa!! Very cool!
    and like magic for a non-knitter like me!

  • janna said:

    I love the beaded bind-off — lots more than the ruffle. Thanks for sharing!

  • Li_B said:

    This will come in handy, I just got the pattern for Hanami.

  • Kirsten said:

    thank you so much for the great info, I didn’t realize it was so easy. I am binding off the citron with beads.

  • heather said:

    awesome photo tutorial! i am going to use this on a citron! thanks for good, clear instructions:)

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