How to Crochet the Bullion Stitch

Jan 14, 2013

There are a few crochet stitches out there that prompt exclamations of amazement and the baffling questions of, "How did they do that?"


One of those stitches for me has always been the bullion stitch. This intriguing stitch creates spirals of yarn and great texture to a crochet pattern.

The construction of the bullion stitch is really quite simple with a little bit of practice. In no time you will be whipping out fabulous projects like the Bullion Beach Blanket by Donna Kay Lacey (at right) and the Art Nouveau Bullion Necklace (below). Sharon Zientara, Interweave Crochet's Assistant Editor Sharon Zientara, joins us to walk you through the steps of creating a bullion stitch and offer a few helpful tips.




The bullion is a series of yarn overs that are drawn together in the final stitch. The best hook to complete the bullion stitch effectively is a long, slender, in-line hook. The best yarn to use is a tightly plied one.

To begin the stitch, loosely yarn over the number of times called for in the pattern. Working the yarn overs loosely is key to easily drawing the hook through all the loops. If you can't get your loops loose enough, hold the handle of another smaller crochet hook alongside your hook and wrap the yarn over both. Slide the second crochet hook out after wrapping before completing the stitch.



Yarn over and draw through all the loops on the hook. As you draw the hook through, firmly hold the loops in place with the hand that is not holding the hook. If the loops do not slide easily, pick up each loop and pull it off the hook as you draw through.



To close the bullion, yarn over and draw through the last loop on the hook before working the next stitch.

  Art Nouveau Bullion Necklace by Donna Kay Lacey

If you get this right away, that's terrific! Most people new to the stitch have to do a bit of ripping out before getting it right. The key to the bullion stitch is to practice it until your hands become familiar with the tension required when making the yarn overs and drawing the hook through.

- Sharon

Grab some yarn and a hook and practice a few of your own bullion stitches before beginning one a beautiful textured bullion crochet project. Subscribe today to Interweave Crochet for more great how-to articles on unique crochet stitches and in-depth articles on crochet techniques and project construction. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to continue your crochet education.

Best wishes,

P.S. Do you have any tips for working bullion stitches?

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Kjones95472 wrote
on Jan 14, 2013 4:56 PM

I saw a suggestion to make this easier on Pinterest: Put a length of drinking straw on your crochet hook. When it is time to slide all the loops off the hook, move the straw up so it is covering the hook. The hook can't grab the loops. I haven't tried it - but I will if I do a bullion stitch pattern - it make sense!

veeko wrote
on Jan 14, 2013 7:50 PM

Dear fellow crocheters

I struggled with the bullion stitch until I saw the two clever methods shown in:

Art of Crochet by Teresa - How to Make the Crochet Bullion or Roll Stitch, on youtube.  Highly recommended tutorial!

on Jan 14, 2013 9:54 PM

I have done this stitch for years calling it the "roll stitch".  My grandmother made doilies with this stitch.  I have better luck with thread "20 wraps"  than yarn though I must say.  It makes up gorgeous.

on Jan 15, 2013 4:00 AM

Have done this stitch many times and i agree, practice, practice and more practice. Also, test this stitch on the yarn before you go into full production, some yarns are not suited for this stitch. Hannet

on Jan 15, 2013 11:31 AM

When working this stitch in a solid yarn it is pretty but working it in a variegated yarn it is stunning! I made a shawl and have never had so many compliments.

on Jan 16, 2013 12:58 PM

My favorite piece of office "equipment" is a pair of crocheted fingerless mitts. The office

on May 1, 2013 5:12 AM

My favorite piece of office "equipment" is a pair of crocheted fingerless mitts. The office