Bead Crochet

Patterns To Play With

Once you have mastered the basics of bead crochet - it's fun to experiment with color, design and texture.

Basically, you can use any beads you desire for bead crochet - as long as you can string them on your needle and thread. I am partial to #8 seed beads - these come in many beautiful colors and work up fast.

They create a medium weight rope that shows off the designs and textures of the beads you combine them with.

 

The designs below use #8 seed beads and are worked into ropes that are 5 beads around.
These designs are from a basic sampler I use for teaching.

For a detailed image of each swatch, click on the photo.

Single spiral

String:
4 blue beads
1 gold bead
repeat 10 times to create a 1 inch length (5 beads around)

Single spiral

Double spiral

String:
1 blue bead
1 gold bead
repeat until you have about 5" strung - this will create a 1" segment (5 beads around)

Double spiral

Two bead spiral

String:
3 blue beads
2 gold beads
repeat 10 times - this will create a 1" segment (5 beads around)

Two bead spiral

Single spiral - less twist

String:
5 blue beads
1 gold bead
repeat 10 times - this will create a 1" segment (5 beads around)

Single spiral - less twist

Polka Dots

String:
3 blue beads
1 gold bead
Repeat this pattern for 5" - this will create a 1" segment (5 beads around)

Polka Dots

Double Dots

String:
7 blue beads
2 gold beads
1 blue bead
2 gold beads
Repeat this pattern 10 times - this will create a 2" segment (5 beads around)

Double Dots

Bead crochet using a slip stitch

A slip stitch is made by inserting the hook into the opening under the bead, picking up a thread and pulling it through the opening and the loop on the crochet hook.

String 5" of blue beads to create a 1" segment

This is my preferred stitch for bead crochet - it is compact and the thread doesn't show

Bead crochet using a slip stitch

Bead crochet using single crochet

A single crochet is made by inserting the hook into the opening under the bead, pulling a loop through and then making another loop over the hook and pulling it through both loops.

String 5" of blue beads to create a 1 1/4" segment

This will create a loser and more flexible rope - the thread will show

Bead crochet using single crochet

 

You don't have to work only five beads in a round...

Recently I got curious about how my ropes would look and feel if I used a different number of beads for each round.

So I threaded #8 seed beads using the same threading pattern three times - and crocheted each identical set of beads into a rope that goes from six beads around to 4 beads around. I used a slip stitch.

Here are my results!
click on the photo for a larger image

Threading pattern

1 purple
1 grey

Repeat for 6 inches

6 beads around
6 inches of beads=1 inch of bead crochet rope

5 beads around
6 inches of beads=1.25 inches of bead crochet rope

4 beads around
6 inches of beads=1.5 inches of bead crochet rope

Threading pattern

1 purple
2 grey
1 yellow
2 grey

Repeat for 6 inches

Threading pattern

2 purple
2 grey

Repeat for 6 inches

 

 

You can even make a rope with three beads around!

 

 

 

Directions for some of my designs

All of these designs are worked in rounds of 5 beads, using a slip stitch.

Topaz Twist

Materials:
#8 seed beads - Copper
#8 seed beads - Topaz
#11 seed beads - Black matte

String::
3 - #8 Topaz beads
3 - #11 Black matte beads
1 - #8 Copper bead
3 - #11 Black matte beads

Repeat this for length of the project.

 

Topaz Twist

Topaz Ladder

This pattern is nice where you want a curve - the ladder rolls to the inside of the curve.

Materials:
#8 seed beads - Copper
#8 seed beads - Topaz
#11 seed beads - Black matte

String:
3 - #11 Black matte beads
2 - #8 Copper beads
1 - #8 Topaz bead
2 - #8 Copper beads
1 - #8 Topaz bead
2 - #8 Copper beads

Repeat this for the length of the project.

End with:
3 - #11 Black matte beads

Topaz Ladder

Twist and Turn Pattern

Materials:
#8 seed beads - Black Matte
#11 seed beads - Black Matte
#6 seed beads - Dark Gold
Black Coates and Clark Button and Craft Thread
#7 steel crochet hook

This bracelet is worked in rounds of 5 beads.

String:
3 #11 black matte seed beads
1 #8 black matte seed bead
1 #6 dark gold seed bead
1 #8 black matte seed bead

String the sequence until you have 30 to 35" for a bracelet or 90" for a necklace.
This combination of beads can be tricky to work - the various sizes require you to keep your tension fairly loose.

 

Twist and Turn Pattern

Fog and Snow

Materials:
#8 grey seed beads (these are a mix of blue grey and matte grey beads)
#6 matte white beads
#6 clear transparent glass beads
Grey Coates and Clark Button and Craft Thread
#7 steel crochet hook

This bracelet is worked in rounds of 5 beads

String:
6 #8 grey seed beads
1 #6 clear glass bead
6 #8 grey seed beads
1 #6 matte white bead

String this sequence until you have 30 to 35"of strung beads on your thread. Crochet- When you reach the correct length for your wrist, join the ends using an invisible stitch. The bracelet will roll on and off your wrist without a clasp.

Optional design for the Fog and Snow Pattern

If you would like to create a focal interest for this bracelet, you can add several inches of beads strung in this sequence:
1 #6 matte white bead
2 #8 grey seed beads
1 #6 clear glass bead
2 #8 grey seed beads

This pattern may be added anywhere in your stringing. For it to show, you should string this sequence for at least 3 inches. Resume the main stringing pattern for the rest of the bracelet.

 

 

Fog and Snow

 

Optional design for the Fog and Snow Pattern

 

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