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.
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.
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.
I crocheted 20 chain stitches for an 18mm size bead.
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.
4. Yarn over.
5. Draw (pull) the cord (yarn) through all loops on the crochet hook.
The foundation chain is now joined in a circle, which makes Row 1.
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.
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).
8. Join Row 2 to Row 1
Insert the hook into the first stitch of Row 1.
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.
9. Chain one to secure the crocheted clasp of stitches.
Your crocheted clasp should look similar to the one pictured below.
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. )
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.
Cut the tail of each bead cord close to its knot.
Dab fabric glue on each knot. Let dry.
You're done...Congratulations on finishing your first crochet bead necklace!
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