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. It is made in multiples of 2 plus 2.

This stitch was featured in week 11 of the 50 Stitches crochet along

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

Start with a foundation chain in multiples of 2 plus 2 (plus 2 stitches for your turning chain)

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.

Row 2. Chain 1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) and 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.

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

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have reached the height you need. You should end on a row of hdc.

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