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Knitting With Sequins


Adding sequins is a glamorous way to embellish simple sweaters. As with beads, always work sequins a stitch or two in from the edges for easier seaming. Accuracy is important when you work with sequins, because they are difficult to rip out once knit.

Sequins come with holes at the top or in the center. The hole placement determines how the sequin will lie, which will affect the finished look of your sweater.

Special care may be needed for sequined garments. Some sequins can be hand-washed but not dry-cleaned. Sequins shouldn’t be steamed or pressed. It’s also a good idea to check them for colorfastness.

Thread sequins onto a ball of yarn before you begin, using an auxiliary thread. String shaped sequins onto the yarn with the cup side facing the ball, so that the cup, which has more facets, will face out once it is knit. Add enough sequins to knit a full ball of yarn.

stockinette stitch
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A purl stitch worked on one side of a sequin on stockinette stitch helps the sequin to lie flat. This is done on the right side (knit rows). From the right side with a purl stitch Knit to the stitch where the sequin will be placed. Bring the yarn to the front and slide the sequin to the work. Purl the stitch.  
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Adding sequins without a purl stitch on stockinette is more time consuming, but may be desirable for certain garments where the sequins must be anchored. Without a purl stitch Work to where the sequin will be placed and insert the right needle into the back loop of the next stitch. Push the sequin close to the back of the work and then through the stitch with your finger.