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Bead knitting: Plaited knitting

Bead knitting uses a technique called plaited knitting that twists each stitch and holds the beads in place on the stitch. The beads will all be on the same side of the panel. For this project, you will stitch alternating rows of knit and purl to work a stockinet pattern.
Plaited bead knit stitch
Bead Knitting Plaited Knitting Figure 1
FIGURE 1
Insert the right-hand needle through the back leg of the next stitch on the left needle with the right-hand needle pointed away from you. Slide a bead to within 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) of the needles (FIGURE 1).
Bead Knitting Plaited Knitting Figure 2
FIGURE 2
Loop the thread around the right-hand needle from front to back, sliding the bead between the two needles (FIGURE 2).
Bead Knitting Plaited Knitting Figure 3
FIGURE 3
Using your left forefinger, position the bead between the needles on the beaded side. Complete the stitch, moving the loop from the left-hand needle to the right-hand needle. The beads will face you as you knit a row (FIGURE 3).
Plaited bead purl stitch

Bead Knitting Plaited Knitting Figure 4
FIGURE 4
Insert the right-hand needle through the front leg of the next stitch on the left-hand needle. Slide a bead to within 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) of the needles (FIGURE 4).

Bead Knitting Plaited Knitting Figure 5
FIGURE 5
Loop the thread around the right-hand needle from back to front, forcing the bead between the two needles (FIGURE 5).

Using your left thumb, position the bead between the needles on the beaded side. Complete the stitch, moving the loop from the left-hand needle to the right-hand needle. The beads will face away from you as you purl a row.

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