25 Jan 2019

Crochet Tutorial: Learn How To Crochet The Bead Stitch Pattern Photo & Video Tutorial

The bead stitch gives a wonderful texture and unique look to your projects and is easy enough for anyone to give it a try. Scroll down for the illustrated tutorial and at the bottom you will find the video tutorial as well.



     In this tutorial I will show you step by step how to create the bead stitch with detailed photos and explanation and a video at the end for those who find it easier to learn by watching how is it done.


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The Bead Stitch can be used as an accent stitch like I did on the 3in1 Rainbow Unicorn Baby  Blanket or Maria The Unicorn Lovey, or you can make your entire project with it, either way it will look unique and beautiful.






How To Use The Bead Stitch

The bead stitch is suitable for a wide rage of projects. 

- crochet it in rows for blankets, rugs , scarfs etc. (see my 3in1 Rainbow Unicorn Baby Blanket Pattern for an example on how the bead stitch crocheted in rows looks like)

- crochet it in rounds for hats, doilies, infinity scarfs

- you can even crochet it in angles for ponchos, V shaped shawls or star shaped projects (see my Unicorn Lovey Pattern for an example on how the bead stitch crocheted in a star shape looks like)

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Lets get started!

Supplies I Used

- Marriner Yarn DK (light worsted yarn) in mink

Unfortunately MarrinerYarns is only found in the UK, so for my international customers, I can recommend a similar yarn, Red Heart Yarn , which comes is a multitude of colors and weights, just as affordable and easy to work with as Marriner Yarns.

- 4mm crochet hook



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Crochet Terms

The pattern is written in US terms

- ch (chain)
- sc (single crochet)
- dc (double crochet)
- yo (yarn over)
- sk (skip one stitch)
- bst (bead stitch)


Crocheting The Bead Stitch


The bead stitch is crocheted around a double crochet post. The double crochet stitch is crocheted first, then the loops are created around it.

Each completed bead stitch will take the space of 2 stitches (1 stitch for the dc and one stitch for when you close the loops), so you will have to skip a stitch then start making the next bead stitch.

You can alternate rows of bead stitches with rows of different stitches (usually single crochet, half double crochet or double crochet stitches), or you can just create consecutive rows of bead stitches , it's all up to you and the design you want for your project.



Note: if you choose to do consecutive rows of bead stitches, they will face in different directions. When made, the bead stitch will face left, so your first row will have left facing bead stitches. The second row (viewed from the right side) will have right facing bead stitches. The third row will again have left facing bead stitches, and so on (see picture below)

  

Step 1

Make your starting chain. 

Use multiple of 2 plus 1 chains for the first single crochet stitch for this pattern, in my case 30+1=31




Step 2

Crochet the first row.

You can start making the bead stitch right from the first row, but it's advisable to make a base row first to give shape to your project first. I chose to make a single crochet row first.

Sc in 3rd ch and across (you should have 30 stitches).




Step 3

Making the actual bead stitch.


Start by making a double crochet stitch. The bead stitch is crocheted around the double crochet post you just made.

 Insert hook behind the previous dc from front to back, pull through a long loop (2 loops on hook), yo (3 loops on hook), insert the hook again behind the same dc from front to back and pull another loop (4 loops on hook), yo (5 loops on hook), insert the hook again behind the same dc and pull another loop (6 loops on hook),yo (7 loops on hook), insert the hook again behind the same dc and pull a final loop (8 loops on hook), yo and pull through all 8 loops. Se below the photo tutorial.

Turn, ch3 (counts as the first dc), dc in the next stitch




Insert hook behind the previous dc from front to back, pull through a long loop (2 loops on hook).



Yo (3 loops on hook) and insert the hook again behind the same dc from front to back and pull another loop (4 loops on hook).







Repeat the last section two more times to end up with 8 loops on your hook: yo (5 loops on hook), insert the hook again behind the same dc and pull another loop (6 loops on hook),yo (7 loops on hook), insert the hook again behind the same dc and pull a final loop (8 loops on hook)




Yo and pull through all 8 loops.






Step 4

Continue making bead stitches.

*Sk1, dc in next, bst*, repeat ** section until you reach the last 2 stitches







Step 5

Finishing the row.

When you reach the last two stitches, sk1, dc in last stitch.






Step 6

Depending on your pattern, you might choose to do alternate rows of double crochet stitches (optional they can be half double crochet or double crochet stitches) and bead stitches (in this case repeat steps 2-5), or you might want to make consecutive rows of bead stitches only (in this case repeat steps 3-5).

Below picture shows you how both options look like. I made a row of half double crochet stitches for variety.




Step 7

Finishing your project.

To keep the shape and overall look of your project, finish with the same row of stitches as your base row, in this case with a row of single crochet stitches. 

This step is optional and if doesn't suit your project, you don't have to do it, it's all up to you, it's just a thing I always do on my projects.




Video Tutorial

For those who learn better from watching videos, I've made a video tutorial to show you how to crochet the beautiful bead stitch. 

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