The bead stitch has to be one of my new favorite stitches. It is like a puff stitch but worked sideways by working around a double crochet instead of into the stitches of the previous row. This stitch is very easy to learn and has such a unique look.
Below you will find both a video and photo tutorial to walk you through this stitch. I think you will find it an easy stitch to master.
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This stitch is one of the stitches included in the March Texture Madness Crochet A Long. You will be able to find 3 different size sample patterns below. These can be used in my Crochet Sensory Baby Book Pattern, Crochet Sensory Baby Block and one other pattern included in the Crochet A Long.
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Bead Stitch Sample Swatch Materials
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Size 4 Weight Yarn 23-160 yds depending on sample size
Size H Crochet Hook
Stitches and Abbreviations
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Skst – Skip Stitch
R – Row
St(s) – Stitch(es)
For a sample swatch the gauge is not important, but if you are using your swatches for the March Texture Madness Crochet A Long you will want to check your gauge.
Gauge is determined by using the Bead Stitch.
5 Sts = 3 inches
5 rows of Bead Stitches with 4 Rows of Sc in between = 4 inches
How to Crochet the Bead Stitch
Few notes about the Bead Stitch:
- The Bead Stitch has the width of two stitches.
- I work a row of Single Crochet Between rows of Bead Stitch
- Bead Stitches are worked around the Post of a Double Crochet.
- To work a Bead stitch you will need an even number starting chain.
Bead Stitch – Dc in the next st, *Yarn Over, Working around the Double Crochet post just made pull up a loop* repeat from *to* for a total of 3 times, Yarn Over and pull the first loop through the next 6 loops on the hook, (this will leave 2 loops on the hook), Yarn Over and pull through the 2 loops on the hook.
Because the Bead Stitch has the width of two stitches, you will skip a stitch before working your next bead stitch.
Bead Stitch Video Tutorial
Right Handed Tutorial
Left Handed Tutorial
When working Bead Stitch you will want to Chain a multiple of 2 for your starting chain.
Large 12 inch Swatch we will chain 41.
Medium 8 inch Swatch we will chain 27.
Small 4 inch swatch we will chain 13.
Bead Stitch Swatch Pattern
Note: I do not count my turning chain as a stitch.
Ch 13, 27, or 41 depending on the size swatch you are making.
R1: Sc in the 2nd Ch from the hook and every Ch across.
R2: Ch2, turn, Dc in the first St, *Bead St, Skst,* repeat until the last St. Dc in the last St.
R3: Ch1, turn, Sc in each St across.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until your swatch is as large as you would like it to be.
For the 12 inch square work until you have a total of 27 rows.
To make a 8 inch square work until you have a total of 19 rows.
For the 4 inch square work until you have a total of 9 rows.
Single Crochet Border
A Single crochet border makes your edges loop nice and is recommended if you are making any of the March Texture Madness projects.
To add a Single Crochet Border:
Ch1, working down the side of the rows, Sc into the side of each Sc row, and 2 Sc in the side of each Bead Stitch Row, Ch1, turn at the corner, Sc in the bottom of each St across, Ch1, turn at the corner, working down the side of the rows, Sc into the side of each Sc row, and 2 Sc in the side of each Bead Stitch Row, Ch1 , turn at the corner, Sc in the top of each St. Ch1 slip stitch to the first Sc of the border row.
Now your sample square is complete and ready to be used in one of the three March Texture Madness Projects.
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