Crochet Bead Stitch Tutorial

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Meet the Crochet Bead Stitch.  It looks complicated, but it’s easy to do.  Just follow this crochet bead stitch tutorial to learn everything you need to know!Crochet Bead Stitch TutorialCan we just pause for a moment and appreciate the amazing texture of this great stitch?  I think it’s my new love..this bumpy goodness!Blueberry Bead Stitch Beanie

I love the crochet bead stitch on this Blueberry Bead Stitch Beanie.  Sigh.  Isn’t it amazing how a simple stitch can pack such a punch of goodness?!

Want a bit of amazing?  How about a free printable for making your OWN Stitch Dictionary?!  Sweet, right?!  Get all the details here.

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Before moving over to my awesome new Stitch Dictionary Binder, I used to attach hang tags to my swatches.  To learn more or to learn about stitch swatching in general please visit my post about stitch swatching here.

Bead Stitch Crochet Tutorial

This bumpy bit of goodness is a bit different than the usual, but fun and easy to learn. The bead stitch is unique in that each “bead” actually takes the place of TWO stitches and is worked in two parts.  First you double crochet.  Then you work AROUND the double crochet you just made.  It might sound confusing, but it’s really easy once you learn how!

Crochet Bead Stitch Tutorial

Bead Stitch

Here is what you will need:

Remember, you can make your swatch with any size hook and yarn weight.  Read all about How to Swatch Here.

Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet AbbreviationsUS to UK Crochet Conversion Chart.  Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.

How to Crochet the Bead Stitch

The bead stitch is worked over 2 stitches.  So chain an even number of stitches.  When working back and forth, I like to start and end with a dc.  I also like working a row of hdc in between the bead stitch rows.

Here is how to crochet a bead stitch:

STEP 1:  dc in the next st.

Crochet Bead Stitch TutorialSTEP 2:  Then work AROUND the post of the dc just worked as follows: yarn over(yo), pull up a loop

Crochet Bead Stitch Tutorial

After this part, it looks like this:

Crochet Bead Stitch Tutorial Then, yarn over, insert hook around the post again, pull up another loop.

Crochet Bead Stitch Tutorial

Yarn over again (3rd time) and pull up a loop.  There are now 7 loops on the hook:

Crochet Bead Stitch Tutorial

Yarn over and pull through ALL 7 loops on the hook.

Crochet Bead Stitch TutorialSkip the next stitch (because the bead stitch takes up 2 stitches).

Bead Stitch Swatch Foundation:

For the bead stitch crochet swatch, chain an even number of stitches.


Ch 20

R1:  work a hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook.  Work a hdc in each ch across.

R2:  ch 3 and turn.  (The chain counts as a dc.)  Work a bead stitch, starting with a double crochet in the next stitch.  Work bead stitches across the row.  End with a dc in the last stitch.  (Row has a dc on either end and 9 bead stitches)

R3:  ch 2, hdc across.

Repeat rows 2 & 3 for the pattern.

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    1. Ugh. That should have been “hdc”. Not sure what happened there.. but it is fixed now. Thank you for letting me know!

  1. I’ve signed up in the past for the “Free Stitch Dictionary” but hv rec’d only a few pages of the stitches – r we supposed to automatically receive new pages in our emails when new stitches appear?? If that is the case I hv not rec’d any – I’ve gone to the stitch dictionary & there r several there that I do not hv so have had to cut & paste the instructions. Can u pls tell me r we supposed to receive new stitches in our emails when they come out or are we supposed to keep an eye out for new stitches in the stitch dictionary & cut & paste the instructions?? I am confused!

    1. The printable stitches for the stitch dictionary binder are available in the library/vault area of the website, which is a password protected area exclusively for newsletter subscribers. If you are not yet a subscriber, you can click on the form and fill out your information to get the information. Or if you already subscribe, I put the password information at the bottom of every email (so you can just look there). Once you have access to the library you can pop in whenever you like to download all sorts of free printable including the stitch dictionary binder and the stitches as they become available! Enjoy!