At the moment I’m knitting two shawls using beads. One is Magia the latest MKAL by Laura Nelkin, the other is Promise Me a very romantic wrap by Booknits.

Beadle Needle

These two patterns are knit with beads placed on a stitch. Up until now, I’ve been using the very nice and very small crochet hook I received with the MKAL’s materials. It was great until I started to knit Promise me and had to place a huge quantity of beads on each rows.

Laura did a wonderful video on the tool that’s supposed to solve this problem: the Beadle Needle!

Basically, it’s a very long crochet hook, allowing you to load a lot more beads on it and preventing you from having to reload every couple of stitches. Just the thing I needed!

Of course, it’s not available in Switzerland and if I order it online, the shipping cost is insane. 🙁

So I channeled my inner DIY and decided to make one!

Beadle Needles

It was so fast and easy to do, I’m convinced everyone can make their own.

Read on for the full tutorial and make one (or two!) for your next beaded project!

So to make your very own Beadle Needle you’ll need pliers, a file, some sandpaper and jewellery wire (copper, brass or else).

Materiel

To choose the correct wire size, try stringing beads on it. If they slide easily you’re good to go! If not, try a smaller dimension.

Be aware that while the jewellery wires you’ll find come in silver and gold colours, most of the time the metal beneath it isn’t the same colour. This won’t affect your needle in the least but it’s always good to know than being surprised by it!

Testing the wire's dimension

Start by making a small spiral on the end of the wire using a pair of pointed pliers. This will prevent the beads from sliding off your needle once you string them on.

Making the end spiral

First end

Next, cut your wire to the desired length. (I cut mine at about 13cm/5″.)

While it might not be very practical to have a very long needle, keep in mind when choosing the length that the longer the needle, the more beads you can put on it.

Cutting

You’re now going to make the “crochet” part of the needle.

To do so, fold the end on itself on about 2mm/ 1/6″. Make sure it’s tightly folded by applying pressure on it with a flat pair of pliers.

Folding the end

Making sure it's folded correctly

Then with a file, make the end thinner until a bead can pass.

Filing the end

Testing with a bead

If you’re not sure you’re doing it right, use an real crochet hook you’ve used to place beads on your knitting and compare it with your work.

Beadle Needle and crochet hook

A really important thing to do is to make sure this new hook is very smooth. You don’t want  your yarn to get caught on it, trust me on this one!

To give it a nice finish, you can use sandpaper or a polishing rubber.

Smoothing tools

Now you can be proud of yourself and have a chocolat! You’ve just made your first, and certainly not last, Beadle Needle. Tadammm! 🙂

Beadle Needle finished

So next time you want to add beads to your shawls, get your beadle needle out, load it with beads and knit away!

Still not convince you’re up to making your own? No problem, I recently open my Etsy shop and carry some handmade ones. Have a look here! 🙂

Promise me

 

 

  • Lakshmi07

    Wow, I am impressed by your great idea of how to make your own beadle needle!
    Of course I cannot either get them in Germany!
    So I will take out my pliers and the left-over wire from ancient beading days in my youth and make one myself!
    Thank you for that wonderful idea!

    • Coralie

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you liked it and that you want to make one!
      Looking forward to see the finished beadle needle!

      By the way, I adore the yarn you dyed from the Mclub shipment, gorgeous!

  • Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I have had the worst time trying to find crochet hooks small enough to go through my beads. I have purchased size 6 beads as the patterns call for, but I’ve had no luck with hooks small enough to go through them. I will try to make my own tiny hook thanks to you.
    Blogless Mary Lou

    • Coralie

      You’re welcome, I had the same problem so my solution was to create my own! 😉