Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I enjoy taking a favorite stitch and play around with it until the cows come home. Well the bead stitch has been my latest victim. What can I say, except that I lack imagination sometimes. The good news though is that I’ve already gotten a few compliments on these, so I must have done something right. :)
I discovered the stitch a few months ago in one of the patterns on CrochetN’More by Lisa Hamblin. She makes hers a little different by pushing the bead to the back of the work when you make it. But I found that it stays in place better when you leave the bump at the front. Depending on how you hold your hook this might be a bit trickier, but then again, it might not be.
Anyhow, I decided to try the stitch in a crochet thread and thought it might look pretty in a bracelet and ring. The ring is worked in rounds, but the bracelet can be crocheted up in rounds or in rows. If working it in rows you’ll need a clasp or another type of closure. Otherwise you can just slip it onto the wrist.
This pattern has not been tested by anyone other than myself. It was so simple and the stitch pattern is so similar to a few other crochet patterns that I recently designed, so I went ahead and published it without a second pair of eyes. If you find any errors or have any questions, please let me know. Thanks!
Skill Level: Easy/Advanced Beginner
Materials: Yarn: Size 3 Crochet Thread
Hook Size: E – 3.50mm
Gauge: Not Important
Finished Size: Easy to customize for any size.
Bead St = Bead Stitch
Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
FO = Fasten Off
Hk = Hook
Lp/Lps = Loop/Loops
Rep = Repeat
Sc = Single Crochet
Sl St = Slip Stitch
St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches
YO = Yarn Over
Special Stitch Instructions:
Bead St: Insert hk into indicated st, yo and pull through, (yo and pull through one lp on hk) twice, yo and pull through both lps on hk. When you work into the next stitch make sure the bobble is facing the right side.
- Instructions are given for the ring. Special instructions for the bracelet are given in parenthesis.
- To add more color, switch to a second color for the second round. Then for the third round, switch back to the first color.
- Variation for the bracelet pattern is below original pattern.
Ch 12, (30) or any multiple of 2. Join with sl st to first ch being careful not to twist chs.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same ch as join and in each ch around; join with sl st to first sc. (12, (30) sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, work bead st in same st as join, sc in next st, *bead st in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st to first bead st.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and in each st around; join with sl st to first sc. FO.
Variation for Bracelet
Caron Simply Soft or any other worsted weight yarn.
4.50mm or any hook suitable for yarn.
One 2cm Clasp
The variation is worked in rows.
Ch 20, or any multiple of 2.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. (19 sts) Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, *bead st in next st, sc in next st; rep from * across. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across. FO.
Attach the clasps to the ends with a yarn needle and a small piece of yarn or thread.