Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions


Make a crochet bead necklace using an easy bead crochet stitch and find out what materials you need to start crocheting jewelry!

Sometimes you want to feel the softness and warmth of fabric against your skin instead of metal. Enter the wonderful world of fiber jewelry!

By learning to crochet jewelry you can make it happen. Just a few tools and some simple bead cord, or most any other fiber material, and you are on your way to making jewelry with a luxurious feel.

We will make bead crochet jewelry using a slip stitch for the clasp and a bead chain stitch to crochet the necklace.

Bead Crochet NecklaceBead Crochet Necklace

Bead Crochet Jewelry Making Supplies

  • one 15 or 16 inch (38.1 or 40.6 cm) strand of 8mm beads (I used 8mm round wood beads and crystals)
  • one 18mm bead (to be used as one half of the clasp)
  • one spool of C-Lon bead cord in a coordinating color
  • Hypo Cement fabric glue

Bead Crochet Tools

  • 2.75mm steel crochet hook
  • scissors

Bead Crochet Jewelry Making Instructions

1. String all Beads Onto Bead Cord

First, if necessary, arrange beads in your desired pattern, with the bead to be used as a clasp designated as the first bead.

Next, starting with the first bead, string all the beads onto the bead cord in the order of your pattern (I strung my beads in a random pattern).

Lastly, make a slip knot on the crochet hook.

Note: The first bead strung is the last bead you will crochet and the last bead strung is the first one you will crochet.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions - Step 1: String all beads onto bead cord.

2. Crochet Half of Clasp

For easy viewing of some of these instructions, I have used yarn, pony beads and a size 5 crochet hook.

First, we will crochet one half of the clasp for your crochet bead necklace.

Crochet a foundation chain of chain stitches long enough to fit around the bead you chose to be the clasp.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions - Step 2: String all beads onto bead cord (or other stringing material).

I crocheted 20 chain stitches for an 18mm size bead.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 5aa - Crochet Half of Clasp


3. Join Chain with Slip Knot

Now join the chain into a circle with a slip knot.

Insert the crochet hook into the first chain stitch, under the ridge and top loop of the chain (this will help to conceal the slip knot within this first stitch). You now have three loops on the crochet hook.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 3 - Join Chain with Slip Knot


4. Yarn over.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 4 - Yarn Over


5. Draw (pull) the cord (yarn) through all loops on the crochet hook.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 5 - Complete the Join with a Slip Knot


The foundation chain is now joined in a circle, which makes Row 1.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 5a - Complete the Slip Knot



Bead Crochet Jewelry Making Instructions Continued

6. Crochet One Half of the Clasp

To crochet one half of the clasp (the button is the other half), work a slip stitch in the top loop of each chain stitch, making Row 2.

The picture below shows the hook being inserted into the top loop of the first chain stitch.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 6 - Bring a bead down the cord, behind the crochet hook.


7. Yarn Over

This picture shows that the foundation round has been worked up to the first stitch of Row 1 (where the foundation chain was originally joined).

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 7 - Yarn Over


8. Join Row 2 to Row 1

Insert the hook into the first stitch of Row 1.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 8a - Insert the hook into the first stitch of Row 1.


Yarn over.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 8b - Yarn over.


Draw the bead cord through both loops on the hook.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 8c - Draw the bead cord through both loops on the hook.

Before continuing, make sure that the crocheted clasp fits over your button clasp. If it does not, undo Row 2 of slip stitched crochet, chain 2 or 3 stitches and redo Row 2. Recheck.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 8d - Ensure crocheted clasp fits over your button clasp.


Bead Crochet Jewelry Making Instructions Continued

9. Chain one to secure the crocheted clasp of stitches.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 9 - Chain one.

Your crocheted clasp should look similar to the one pictured below.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 9a - Picture of Crocheted Clasp Using Bead Cord.


10. Begin to Bead Crochet Necklace

Crochet bead chain stitches for each bead: Bring down a bead, yarn over and draw bead cord through loop on crochet loop. ( Review How to Make a Bead Chain Stitch. )

Make a beadless crochet knot between beads as desired. I made one bead crochet knot each time my bead type changed. ( Review How to Make a Bead Crochet Knot. )

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 10 - Begin to Bead Crochet Necklace.


Bead Crochet Jewelry Making Instructions Continued

11. Finishing Button Clasp

Once you have completed the bead chain stitch on the button, chain one.

Chain again, remove crochet hook.

Using scissors, cut the bead cord leading to the spool.

Pull the cut bead cord end up through the loop and pull tight, making a knot.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 11 - Finishing Button Clasp


12. Cut the tail of each bead cord close to its knot.

Dab fabric glue on each knot. Let dry.

Crochet Bead Necklace Instructions: Step 12 - Cut Bead Cord Tails and Dab Glue.



Finished Crochet Bead Necklace

Picture of Finished Bead Crochet Necklace


You're done...Congratulations on finishing your first crochet bead necklace!

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