Bead Crochet Rope
Jewelry Making Instructions

Step by step bead crochet rope instructions. Beading a rope to make bracelets or necklaces is easy once you have that light bulb moment!

Beaded crochet ropes are worked in circular crochet. The number of bead chain stitches on the foundation (first) row determines the number-around (i.e. 4-around, 5-around, 6-around) the rope is crocheted. This determines the width of the rope.

When you are learning to crochet beaded ropes, it is best to use a different color bead for each number-around bead chain stitch.

To begin, practice crocheting a 6-around rope using six different color pony beads or size 6/0 seed beads and C-Lon standard bead cord.

I bought several books and took a class before I had my light bulb moment. There are two materials that helped me to learn: standard size C-Lon;reg& bead cord and three different colors of size 6/0 seeds beads in a matte finish (I got a better grip on the matte beads).

Remember - the last bead strung is the first bead you crochet and the first bead strung is the last bead crocheted.

So let's get started!

How to Crochet Beaded Ropes

Crochet Rope Jewelry Making Supplies

  • size 6/0 seed beads (six different colors), 1 package of each color
  • C-Lon (S-Lon) bead cord, standard size
  • size 2.75mm steel crochet hook
  • scissors

Bead Crochet Rope Instructions

1. Determine the order in which you want to string your own bead pattern (or layout your beads in the order called for in a bead crochet pattern).

Lay out 10 to 15 beads in the color order you want to string them.

The bead pattern for this sample rope is:

  • Color A, bead 1=black
  • Color B, bead 2=white
  • Color C, bead 3=purple
  • Color D, bead 4=yellow
  • Color E, bead 5=red
  • Color F, bead 6=pink

2. To make it easy for you to see each step, I'm using pony beads and yarn.

We will work the rope in rounds of six (6) beads per row.

String all of your beads onto the bead cord (yarn, thread or wire) in the order you determined in Step 1.

Do not cut the cord from the spool. The end of yarn connected to the spool is called the working cord.

On the loose end (tail end) of the bead cord, make a slip knot on the crochet hook, leaving a 6 to 10 inch (15.2 to 25.4 cm) tail.

Bead Crochet Rope 2

3. Bead chain stitch six beads.

Bead Crochet Step 3

4. (A) Bring the tail end of the chain around to the front of the hook.

Light bulb moment: (B) Insert the hook into bead chain stitch #1 (black bead) by going under the bead

(C) Slide the bead onto its side with the hole lying horizontal.

Bead Crochet Step 3

5. Bring a bead (in this case it is a black one) down the working yarn/cord, behind the crochet hook. (The bead will rest on top of bead #1 in the first row.)

Bead Crochet Rope 4

6. Yarn over.

7.  Pull the cord through the loop on the hook to complete the bead chain stitch (you've joined the chain into a circle with a bead slip stitch).

You have crocheted the first bead stitch of row 2.

Bead Crochet Rope 6

8. Starting with the next bead (white) repeat Steps 4B - 7 for the desired length of the bracelet or necklace.

How To Snapshot: Insert the crochet hook under the next bead, flip the bead on its side,  bring a bead down the cord, behind the crochet hook, yarn over and pull the cord through the two loops on the hook. That's it...Easy!

Bead Crochet Rope 8

9. After you crochet the last row of bead stitches, crochet one row without beads to finish off the end of the bead crochet rope.

Remove the crochet hook from the loop of bead cord.

Bead Crochet Rope 7

10. Using scissors, cut the working yarn from the spool. Bring the loose end through the loop.

11. Pull the cord tight to close the loop, making a knot.

Bead Crochet Rope 11

Make a Beaded Crochet Rope Bracelet

Congratulations! Now you know the basics of how to bead crochet beautiful ropes.

Next, learn how to finish your bead crochet rope ends to make a bracelet or necklace with these free bead crochet rope patterns.

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