Go to Knit Picks. They demonstrate how to knit with beads without having to string them all on. I have learned to do this in the past couple of days. What I can tell you is I learned from a video from KnitPicks. But, as you are starting a row figure out where to start with your beads. I started on the second stitch and all even number stitches knit a stitch in between. Then on the next row using their technique place a bead on the odd number stitches. You get the beads incorporated into your knitting using a crochet hook.. It really is simple. I know I probably haven't explained it well enough but go to their site. They have some nice videos.
I've seen work done with the beads strung onto the yarn first and picked up later with a crochet hook. So the first time I worked with beads I decided that the items I saw that the beads were strung on the yarn first looked better and that's how I would do it.
Pre strung beads seem to "flow" with the yarn a little better than the pick up method with a crochet hook.
Rather than overwhelm yourself with a project, why not just make a couple of small squares and try each method, that way you will see which you prefer.
What I have read and studied somewhat, it tells you can use a pony bead. I have since found out they are also called e-beads or 4 mm. This is what I have been using for my mittens. You can go to this place below and look for pony beads:
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