Get Your Ducks in a Row

Apr 12, 2007
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by Carol Ventura

Introduction

Beaded Tapestry Crochet Duck Basket

Bead tapestry crochet and bead spinners were made for each other! Since tapestry crochet is done with a minimum of two threads, each thread may be strung with a single bead color. Only the color that is needed at the time is crocheted to form the motif while the other thread is carried. The bead falls to the back of the stitch and the colored threads contribute to the pattern and the substantial fabric that provides the basket’s structure. This flexible medium offers fantastic design potential since the design is not locked in – colors can be changed at any point!

Materials List

  • MC: Coats and Clark Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread size 3 (cotton, 150 yds / 137 meters per ball) 1 Plum ball required
  • CC1: Coats and Clark Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread size 3 (cotton, 150 yds / 137 meters per ball) 1 Bridal White ball required
  • CC2: Coats and Clark Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread size 3 (cotton, 150 yds / 137 meters per ball) 1 Warm Blue ball required
  • CC3: Coats and Clark Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread size 3 (cotton, 150 yds / 137 meters per ball) 1 Maize ball required
  • US Steel crochet hook size 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Fire Mountain Gems #8 seed beads, 1098 Light Amethyst required
  • Fire Mountain Gems #8 seed beads, 900 Clear required
  • Fire Mountain Gems #8 seed beads, 1440 Light Blue required
  • Fire Mountain Gems #8 seed beads, 468 Amber required
  • Fire Mountain Gems beading needles, 4 heavy twisted wire beading needles required
  • Stitch marker

Finished Size

4¾” (12.07 cm) diameter by 4” (10 cm) high

Gauge

32 stitches / 32 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)

Notes

BeadingThis basket is worked as a spiral, not in concentric rings, so do not join rounds. To keep track of where each round ends, slip a stitch marker into the top of the last st of the round. Remove the marker from the st and slip it into the new last st at the end of each round.

When changing from one color to another in sc, the final yo and draw-through is done with the second color. Additionally, one yarn is "carried" while the other is being crocheted. This technique, which should be applied throughout this pattern, is known as the tapestry crochet stitch and is illustrated in detail here.

To do a bead tapestry crochet st, insert the hook, slide a bead down next to the crochet hook and project, then continue crocheting the stitch, capturing the bead, which will fall to the back of the st. This stitch is referred to as "bead sc" throughout the pattern.  

Either by hand or with a bead spinner, string all the Light Amethyst beads onto MC, the Clear beads onto CC1, the Light Blue beads onto CC2, and the Amber beads onto CC3. Push the beads down, leaving yard-long pieces without beads on the threads.

The Pattern

Beaded Tapestry Crochet duck basketPattern

With MC, make a slip knot (leaving a 6” tail), ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Round 1: Work 6 bead sc loosely into the ringwhile carrying the tail of the thread. (6 sts)

Round 2: Cut the tail and begin to carry the beaded CC1 thread. With MC, work 2 bead sc in each st around. (12 sts)

Round 3: Work 2 bead sc in each st around. (24 sts)

Round 4: *Bead sc in next st, work 2 bead sc in next st,* rep from * to * around. (36 sts)

Round 5: Bead sc in each st around.

Round 6: *Bead sc in each of next 2 sts, work 2 bead sc in next st,* rep from * to * around. (48 sts)

Round 7: *Bead sc in each of next 3 sts, work 2 bead sc in next st,* rep from * to * around. (60 sts)

Round 8: *Bead sc in each of next 4 sts, work 2 bead sc in next st,* rep from * to * around. (72 sts)

Round 9: *Bead sc in each of next 5 sts, work 2 bead sc in next st,* rep from * to * around. (84 sts)

Round 10: Bead sc in each st around.

Round 11: *Bead sc in each of next 6 sts, work 2 bead sc in next st,* rep from * to * around. (96 sts)

Round 12: *Bead sc in each of next 7 sts, work 2 bead sc in next st,* rep from * to * around. (108 sts)

Click for larger chartBegin the motif

Rounds 13 through 39 correspond to the chart (read from right to left and bottom to top; click for larger version).

Round 13: *With CC1, bead sc in next st, with MC, sc in each of next 8 sts,* rep from * to * around.

Round 14: *With CC1, bead sc in each of next 2 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 7 sts,* rep from * to * around.

Round 15: *With CC1, bead sc in each of next 3 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 6 sts,* rep from * to * around.

Round 16: *With CC1, bead sc in each of next 4 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 5 sts,* rep from * to * around.

Round 17: *With CC1, bead sc in each of next 5 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 4 sts,* rep from * to * around.

Round 18: *With CC1, bead sc in each of next 6 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 3 sts,* rep from * to * around.

Round 19: *With CC1, bead sc in each of next 7 sts, with MC, sc in each of next 2 sts,* rep from * to * around.

Round 20: *With CC1, bead sc in each of next 8 sts, with MC, sc in next st,* rep from * to * around.

Round 21: With CC1, bead sc in each st almost all the way around. With 10 sts to go before finishing the round, cut the carried MC flush and begin to carry the beaded CC2.

Round 22: *With CC1, bead sc in each of next 4 sts, with CC2, bead sc in next st, with CC1, bead sc in each of next 4 sts, * rep from * to * around.

Round 23: *With CC1, bead sc in each of next 4 sts, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 2 sts, with CC1, bead sc in each of next 3 sts, * rep from * to * around.

Round 24: *With CC1, bead sc in each of next 4 sts, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 3 sts, with CC1, bead sc in each of next 2 sts, * rep from * to * around.

Round 25: *With CC1, bead sc in each of next 4 sts, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 4 sts, with CC1, bead sc in next st, * rep from * to * around.

Round 26: *With CC1, bead sc in each of next 4 sts, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 5 sts, * rep from * to * around.

Rounds 27 and 28: With CC2, bead sc in each st around.

Round 29: Cut CC1 flush and begin to carry CC3, then with CC2, bead sc in each st around.

Round 30: *With CC2, bead sc in each of next 2 sts, with CC3, bead sc in each of next 9 sts, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 7 sts, * rep from * to * around.

Round 31: *With CC2, bead sc in next st, with CC3, bead sc in each of next 11 sts, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 6 sts, * rep from * to * around.

Round 32: *With CC2, bead sc in next st, with CC3, bead sc in each of next 12 sts, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 5 sts, * rep from * to * around.

Rounds 33 and 34: *With CC2, bead sc in next st, with CC3, bead sc in each of next 13 sts, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 4 sts, * rep from * to * around.

Round 35: *With CC2, bead sc in next st, with CC3, bead sc in each of next 2 sts, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 8 sts, with CC3, bead sc in each of next 3 sts, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 4 sts, * rep from * to * around.

Round 36: *With CC2, bead sc in next st, with CC3, bead sc in next st, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 10 sts, with CC3, bead sc in each of next 2 sts, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 4 sts, * rep from * to * around.

Round 37: *With CC2, bead sc in each of next 12 sts, with CC3, bead sc in each of next 6 sts, * rep from * to * around.

Round 38: *With CC2, bead sc in each of next 12 sts, with CC3, bead sc in each of next 2 sts, with CC2, bead sc in next st, with CC3, bead sc in next st, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 2 sts, * rep from * to * around.

Round 39: *With CC2, bead sc in each of next 13 sts, with CC3, bead sc in each of next 3 sts, with CC2, bead sc in each of next 2 sts, * rep from * to * around.

Rounds 40, 41, and 42: With CC2, bead sc in each st around.

Round 43: Join CC2 and CC3 together and sc in each st around. Sl st in next st, cut CC2 and CC3 leaving a 10” tail of each. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Finishing

Cover the basket with a towel and carefully steam iron it (too much heat might break the beads). Now for the big decision: should the beads be on the outside or the inside of the basket?

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Comments

Justine wrote
on Apr 29, 2007 2:52 PM

This basket is simply AMAZING. I am a total fan of Carol Ventura's Tapestry Crochet, but this is even more astonishing. Using beads? You are a GENIUS! :-D

on Nov 29, 2007 12:53 AM
syeda

this is a great one

penguin813 wrote
on Oct 18, 2008 4:28 PM

I love the basket! You did an amazing job on it.