A Recipe for Beaded Crochet Elegance

Aug 1, 2011

 

Combine one ball of thread and a couple ounces of beads; work with steel crochet hook; join to edge of scarf, shawl, coat, jeans, or shirt; and wear. That is the basic recipe for beaded crochet garments, accessories, or home decor items. And like most great recipes, the recipe for bead crochet is open to your own interpretation. The Beaded Edge is the perfect recipe book.

In Turkey, these decorative edgings are called oya and are used to decorate beautiful scarves that are often worn for traditional or religious occasions. For generations in Turkey and throughout the world, crochet edgings have been used both as a decoration and a way to express emotions.

Follow along as I whip up an easy beaded single crochet sample.

Pre-string your beads onto your thread. You can use a beading needle or use Fray Check to stiffen the end of your thread or yarn. Always pre-string more beads than you anticipate using because adding more beads requires breaking the yarn.

After you have strung the beads and while working in pattern, keep the unused beads against the yarn ball. This will keep them out of the way until you are ready to work a beaded stitch.


  For a beaded chain, slide the required number of beads up to the back of your work (behind the hook). This may be as few as one bead or as many as multiple beads for the Soap Bubbles edging (see above). 
   

Yarn over, grabbing the yarn behind the bead or beads, and draw through the loop on your hook. This locks the bead in place. 
   
For a beaded single crochet, insert your hook in the indicated stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. 
    
Slide the required number of beads up to the back of your work (behind the hook). Yarn over, grabbing the yarn behind the bead or beads, and draw through both loops. This locks the bead in place. 

It's as simple as that! I have already started the Soap Bubbles edging. I think I will pair the fun edging with a pair of summer shorts as a celebration of childlike fun. Order your copy of The Beaded Edge today and create beautiful beaded edging for your own garments and accessories. 

Best wishes,

P.S. For more information on beaded single crochet, check out our step-by-step video.


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