Looking for a different finish for a special shawl/scarf or garment? Why not try beads? A beaded cast-off is easy and looks great. It can add a little weight at the edge of the garment to add drape and sparkle as well. The finish that a few beads can add is incredible and does not require a lot of work.
Working with beads is not difficult, but it can be a little fiddly. The first time, try working with a larger bead like a 6/0, they are easier to see and have a bigger hole for stringing the yarn through. Stringing them does require a steady hand and a good eye and a dental floss threader!
Just before finishing your project, break your working yarn and string your beads – try using a dental floss threader. Then work your beads into your cast-on as follows:
Place your beads every stitch or every other stitch or in a sequence that works for your project or your amount of beads. Steps below assume that you are placing a bead on each stitch.
2) Repeat step 1 for second stitch and then lift the back stitch over the front stitch as normal for your cast-off. Always make sure that the bead rests on the front of your stitch for the best visibility!
Once you have mastered this technique there are many other beading ideas that you can try!