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Crochet Bead Stitch or Slanting Cluster Tutorial

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Learn how to crochet the bead stitch, also known as the slanting cluster stitch (slcl). This eye catching stitch is a great way to add interest to an otherwise simple pattern.

As we approach the end of the school year, I start thinking about teacher gifts. And if I start early enough I know I can gift handmade items that will be loved and show how much I appreciate all that my kids’ teachers poor into them. Thus a series of crochet cotton cowls and scarves has been born.

Often times I don’t allot myself enough time and end up giving gift cards. If you’re out of time but want to add a handmade touch try this crochet heart gift card holder I designed for Valentine’s day. Hearts are always in season when you’re showing your love!

One of my first designs, Blueberry Lemonade Cowl, incorporates the crochet bead stitch, which can be a little tricky to describe in words, or even still pictures so I’ve created both a photo tutorial and a video tutorial for this one. The video tutorial is below, keep scrolling further for the photo tutorial.

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Video Tutorial

Crochet Bead Stitch | Slanting Cluster Video Tutorial

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Any yarn weight and compatible hook works with this stitch. In this tutorial I’m using Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton in Paris in June colorway and my Clover Amour hook size 4.5mm.

Photo Tutorial

Begin with an even number of chains, the stitch multiple is 2. For this tutorial I chained 20. Sc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in ea across, turn.

picture of starting row crochet bead stitch

To start a row ch 3, which will count as a dc.

picture of crochet dc for bead stitch tutorial

Skip the next sc and dc into the next sc.

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Yarn over (yo),

picture of insert hook for crochet bead stitch tutorial

bring the hook around the front of the dc and insert it from front to back behind the dc.

picture of 3 loops on hook for crochet bead stitch tutorial

Yo and pull up a loop from back to front around the dc. (3 loops on your hook)

picture of 5 loops on hook bead stitch tutorial

Insert your hook behind the dc again from front to back, yo and pull up a loop from back to front around the dc. (5 loops on your hook)

picture of bead stitch tutorial 7 loops of yarn on hook

Insert your hook back into the same place and yo again, pulling up another loop (7 loops on hook)

picture of first bead stitch tutorial

Yo and pull a loop through 6 of the loops on your hook. (2 loops on your hook)

picture of finishing one bead stitch tutorial

Yo and pull through the last 2 loops on your hook.

picture of complete slcl or bead stitch tutorial

One slanting cluster (slcl) or bead stitch complete. Skip the next sc & dc into the next sc.

picture of two slcl or bead stitches tutorial

Repeat the above steps across the row.

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In the last two stitches-skip the second to last sc and dc into the last one.

I hope that helps you with this beautiful little stitch. Look for my cowl (sneak peek there in the photo above) coming to the blog as a free pattern soon!

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Sunday 27th of May 2018

I love the yarn you used! I can't wait to try out this stitch for myself, thank you for sharing!


Monday 28th of May 2018

Thank you! It's coming in a cowl soon! Good luck!

Melissa McCord

Sunday 27th of May 2018

This is so pretty! What did you ended up making for this? I think this stitch would be pretty for a sweater?


Sunday 27th of May 2018

Thank you! I made a cowl, that will be released as a free pattern soon. But now you’re giving me more ideas!

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