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How to Crochet The Bead Stitch Step by Step Tutorial

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Learn how to crochet the bead stitch in this tutorial with pictures. This eye catching stitch is a great way to add interest to an otherwise simple pattern.

The bead stitch looks similar to a puff stitch. One great thing about this stitch pattern is that it’s wrong side looks the same as the front of the fabric.

This is a two row repeat. The first row of single crochet and the next row is a bead stitch. And that’s it.

Swatch of bead stitch in green yarn on white wood square.
The bead stitch rows really pop.

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The repeat is simple rows of sc and bead stitches. New stitches can be tricky so I include both a photo tutorial and a step by step video tutorial.

Crochet bead stitch in dishie yarn on hook.

Free Crochet Patterns

One of my first designs, Blueberry Lemonade Cowl, incorporates the crochet bead stitch.

If you love texture, check out the Ambra Triangle Shawl.

Materials

Any yarn weight and compatible hook works with this stitch. In this tutorial I’m using Dishie, a #4 medium worsted weight yarn. My 5 mm crochet hook in wood Streamline.

Stitches / Abbreviations (US Terms)

Click on any of these links for a full stitch tutorial.

ch – chain

dc – double crochet stitch

rep – repeat

sc – single crochet stitch

Notes

The stitch multiple is an even number of stitches. So you want your first row to have an even number. The starting chain is one more, to account for the turning chain.

Skill Level

Intermediate

This stitch is rated intermediate because the bead stitch is worked around the post of the dc.

Video Tutorial

Watch the video tutorial on my YouTube.

Scroll down for the Bead Stitch Crochet Photo Tutorial

Green crochet swatch of bead stitch.

How to Crochet the Bead Stitch

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn to crochet the bead stitch in this step by step tutorial.

Materials

  • Any weight yarn works for this stitch. I'm using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn here.

Tools

  • A crochet hook size to match your yarn. I'm using a 5 mm US Size H-8 crochet hook.

Instructions

    Start with a slip knot on your hook. Begin with an odd number of chains for your foundation chain. Odd number of chains.For this tutorial I Ch 21.

    Row 1. Sc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch to the end of row, turn. (20 sts)

    Row 2. Ch 3, which will count as a the first stitch.

    Dc in next stitch. Double crochet in next stitch.

    Yarn over Yarn over to bead stitch. and insert the hook from the front to the back,Insert hook from front to back. around the post of the double crochet you just made, like a front post double crochet.

    Yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on your hook), 3 loops on hook first bead stitch.

    Yarn over, insert hook from front to back, yarn over and pull up a loop again (5 loops on your hook).5 loops on hook for bead stitch tutorial.

    Repeat last step again (7 loops on your hook).

    Yarn over and pull through only 6 loops (2 loops on your hook).

    Yo and pull through the last 2 loops on your hook. One bead stitch complete. Complete crochet bead stitch in green.

    Row 2. (cont.) Skip 1 stitch, dc in next stitch, bead stitch: *{yo, insert hook around post of dc just made, yo and pull up a loop} repeat from * 2 more times until you have 7 loops on your hook, yo and pull through 6 loops (2 loops left on hook), yo and pull through last 2 loops. 3 crochet bead stitches in a row.

    Row 2. (cont.) Continue to repeat across until 2 stitches left, always skipping one stitch, making a double crochet and working the bead stitch around the post of that dc. Bead stitch row with last two stitches left.

    Row 2. (cont.) On last 2 stitches, skip 1, and dc in last stitch at the end of the row, turn.

    Row 3. Ch 1, sc in same stitch and in each stitch across, turn. (20 sts)Single crochet row after bead stitch row.

    Row 4. Repeat Row 2.Second row of crochet bead stitch.

    Row 5. Repeat Row 3.

    Continue to repeat Rows 2 - 3 for length.

    Tip - go up a hook size or keep your tension loose if so many wraps is a problem for you.

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4 Comments

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

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

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

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