Week 11 of The 50 Stitches crochet along features the Bead stitch. The Bead stitch is a pretty stitch perfect for adding textured detail to any project. It is made by crocheting a puff stitch around the post of a double crochet.

If you’d like to know how to make the Bead stitch for any size project, you can find out how here

You can find the links for all the squares in the crochet along here. The free pattern is below, but if you’d like the ad free printable version, it is available either as part of my Lifetime Pattern Pass, or you can purchase it on its own for £5 from Ravelry

This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below

UK Translation

Double Crochet (dc) = treble crochet

Half Double Crochet (hdc) = half treble crochet

The Pattern

You will need a 3.5mm hook for this square

Start by making a chain of 32

Row 1. In 4th chain from hook make a hdc (this is your 2nd stitch as your turning chain counts as your first stitch). Make a hdc in every chain – 30 stitches

Row 2. Chain 1(doesn’t count as a stitch) and make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch. In 2nd stitch make a dc. Around the post of the dc you just made make a puff stitch (yarn over, insert hook around the post, yarn over and pull up a loop. Repeat twice more until you have 7 loops on your hook then yarn over and pull through all 7 loops.) The double crochet and the puff make your first bead stitch.

*Skip the next stitch and make a bead stitch* repeat until you have 2 stitches left. Skip the next stitch and dc in the last stitch of the row. – 14 bead stitches

After every bead stitch you need to skip a stitch as the bead is so wide.


Row 3. Chain 1, make alternate double turning chain in first stitch. Hdc in every stitch – 30 stitches

Rows 4 – 14. Repeat rows 2 and 3 with row 14 being a repeat of row 2.

The Border

Sc in every stitch across the top and bottom

In the side of rows 2 and 14 make 3sc, make 2sc in the side of all other rows.

You should have 30 sc down each side, plus an extra stitch in each corner for the turn. This will make your stitch count as 32 stitches across each side and 124 stitches total (remember the extra stitch corner stitch is counted in the stitch count for both sides)

You have now finished your square and join and you can tie off and weave in the ends

You can now add the interlocking border, joining this weeks square to last weeks as you join. You can see how to do this here

If you have any questions about the pattern or the CAL, then come on over to the Facebook group – 50 Stitches where you can show us your completed squares too.

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