UPDATE: Experimenting with UV Sensitive Beads and Yarn

UPDATE: Experimenting with UV Sensitive Beads and Yarn

UPDATE: :: I added these for sale on my Etsy shop … ::

I had no idea that ultraviolet light sensitive beads existed until recently! I thought it would be fun to whip up a quick bracelet as a fun experiment. The colour-changing you see in the image below is from a UV flashlight but when these beads are hit with direct sunlight, they go from translucent to almost opaque with brilliant color.


This bracelet is a great stashbuster, it’s quick (I made the white bracelet in 15 minutes) and it makes a unique gift.

To get started, thread the beads onto a worsted-weight yarn, work six stitches of stockinette for 40 rows. On every knit row, knit the fourth stitch with a bead. There’s a decent photo tutorial depicting this method here.

Have fun experimenting!


I received a ELECLOVER UV Black Light in exchange for writing a review on the blog. This post contains affiliate links.

Admittedly, I was a little nervous about having this kind of flashlight in the house because I am a clean freak. It’s very hard for me to enjoy leisure activities when the house is dirty and for some reason I thought this flashlight was going to spotlight a billion dirty spots. The first place I tried it was in the kitchen (where my batteries are stored, this flashlight doesn’t come with batteries fyi) and you know, it was useful and NOT scary. I noticed some splatter stains on the stove and some urine stains on the baseboards from our pet guinea pigs. It wasn’t overwhelming, just useful for locating messes not visible in every day lighting. Even the bathroom wasn’t too bad – it’s a great tool for making sure the toilet seat is clean everywhere. I’ll use it in problem areas for sure – i.e. spots with toilets/pets. As a secondary use, my seven year old son thought it was fun to play with – it’s a silly tool for making creepy videos! Please note, I received this product at a discount for the purpose of providing an honest and unbiased review.

About The Author


Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more. Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.

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