Do you love beads but go pale at the idea of pre-stringing? Me, too, so I love my way of adding beads in chain-plied yarn. I just finished teaching a Color and Creativity for Spinners workshop at the Midwest Weavers Conference, where we spent one afternoon happily beading and chain-plying beautiful yarns. I thought you might like to learn, too! So grab some singles, a tiny crochet hook, and some beads.
Beaded Chain-Plied Yarn
Begin chain-plying. After a few loops, ply until you have a short loop remaining. I like to slip my pinkie into the loop so I have one hand free for the next step.
Next, slide a bead onto the shaft of the crochet hook. Catch the hook on the small loop sitting on your pinky and push the bead onto the loop. Place loop back onto your pinkie.
Pull a new loop through the small loop on your pinkie below the bead and slide the bead down so that it covers the little chain bump. Resume chain-plying. You can add beads at the end of each chain-plied loop or less frequently as you like.
*Chain-plying is also sometimes referred to as Navajo plying or n-plying.
Published October 17, 2017; updated January 10, 2021.