Discover how to bead crochet ropes and more into jewelry with step by step beading instructions.
Make gorgeous crochet bead jewelry using just the chain stitch. Begin by crocheting a foundation chain.
The instructions below assume that you are a beginner at crochet. To begin we'll use yarn and a large size crochet hook so that you can see the how to crochet.
First, we'll learn how to make a slip knot, basic bead chain stitch and a crocheted knot (to add space between beads).
To make it easier to see how to bead crochet, here I use yarn, pony beads and a size 5 crochet hook. First, I thread the yarn through a tapestry needle and use it to string the beads onto the yarn.
1. String all Beads Onto Stringing Material
String all of your beads onto bead cord (yarn, thread or wire) in the order called for in a pattern.
Use a sewing or tapestry needle to assist you with stringing the beads onto your stringing material if
it is too flimsy to act as a needle on its to pick up a bead.
The stringing material is not cut before adding beads. The beads are strung directly onto the spool of stringing material. The first bead on is the last one crocheted.
2. Make a Slip Knot
If you crochet you already know how to make a slip knot. If you need them here are instructions for making a slip knot.
Each of us may crochet differently. Here's how I hold the cord and hook (above photo):
I loop the working cord (end with the beads on it) over my index finger and allow it to hang. I use my index finger to control tension on the cord.
I hold the tail cord between my thumb and middle finger.
No doubt you will discover (or have already) a crochet method that's comfortable for you.
3. Crochet a Bead Chain Stitch
To crochet a bead chain stitch, bring a bead down the cord, behind the crochet hook.
Note: In bead crochet a bead is crocheted into the stitch. In a pattern, the directions may note this as "b st", "bead st" or "bead stitch".
4. Yarn Over
To yarn over, use your index finger to bring the yarn over the front of crochet hook from behind it in a left to right motion, resting the cord in the throat of the crochet hook.
5. Complete Bead Chain Stitch
To complete a bead chain stitch, pull the cord through the loop on the hook.
You have crocheted a bead chain stitch.
One loop is on the hook.
6. Next Bead Chain Stitch
Repeat Steps 3 - 5 to make a foundation row of bead chain stitches.
To crochet a bead chain stitch is easy as 1, 2, 3:
7. Back Side of Foundation Chain
1. Space Beads in Foundation Chain
To make a space (knot) between beads, do not bring down a bead.
Instead, yarn over and place both loops in the throat of the crochet hook.
2. Finish Knot on Foundation Chain
Bring yarn (cord) through loop on hook. Pull the yarn (cord) tight against the throat of the hook. This tightens the yarn (cord) on the knot you just made.
Make as many knots as you'd like. Before bringing down a bead, make sure to place your loop on the shaft of the hook to make your next bead chain stitch regular sized.
3. Here's how your bead chain stitches and knots will look using bead cord and a size 2.75mm steel crochet hook.
Now turn your slip knot and bead chain stitch into jewelry. Use step by step instructions to make a crochet bead necklace.
For more inspiration, see gorgeous crochet bead jewelry designs. These beautiful designs were submitted by visitor and jewelry artist Sydneyanne from British Columbia, Canada.
Here by popular demand, learn how to crochet a rope. Make your own bead crochet rope bracelets and necklaces in your favorite color scheme!
See and make three free bead crochet rope patterns. You'll be making up your own patterns in no time!