I’m addicted. I can’t stop. Every time I wake up I think about it. Luckily it’s a healthy beading habit, but I still might need to get some help. I CAN’T STOP bead crocheting! For years, I’ve wanted to learn, and I tried a few times, but got stuck and discouraged. And then one day the light bulb went off, everything clicked into place and I got it! And I haven’t stopped since. If you followed the beading challenge, you probably noticed my addiction. Almost every piece I made somehow incorporated bead crochet. So I have to admit that I do know how to crochet, so that could be an advantage, but it really is easy to get once you start.
To start you off, we’ve got a HUGE selection of seed beads to pick from. I would suggest to begin with that you go easy on yourself and start with size 8 seed beads, Pearl cotton thread and a size 1.75mm crochet hook. The easiest start to see what you are doing, is to start with 6 different color beads. This will make a beautiful spiral pattern if you string them in a repeating A, B, C, D, E, F pattern.
You have to string up all the beads before you start crocheting, so either use a twisted wire needle with a collapsible eye, or create a hitch with beading thread and a regular needle. You’ll need about 600 Size 8 seed beads strung up to make a bracelet.
We’ve got amazing techniques to show you how to start and finish your piece. Follow along with the step by step pictures to get started! The first couple rows can be challenging, but the alternating colors should make it easier to follow along.
Once you’ve finished your first bracelet, the sky’s the limit. I kept making bracelets at first, working with solid colors or our seed bead mixes strung up in random patterns. Every once in a while I’ll add in a section of fire polished beads similar to projects in Bead Crochet Jewelry by Bert Rachel Freed and Dana Elizabeth Freed.
Once I felt comfortable enough with my skills, I tried a pattern. I got this cute flower and vine pattern from The Art and Elegance of Beadweaving by Carol Wilcox Wells, and made this cute bracelet for my niece for Christmas.
We’ve also created graph paper that you can use to plot out your own design. I made a cute random triangle pattern with metal beads and a bold coral color.
After that, I tried sizing down to Size 11 seed beads and micro cord and a 1mm crochet hook. These make a more delicate thinner bracelet and I have even made little loops and connected them like chain links. Right now I’m working on a mint bracelet made out of all chain links!
If you are working with a solid color scheme or a random mix you can even try using the bead spinner to get your bead strung up, which saves a LOT of time!
I love everything about bead crochet, but one of the things that I like most about it is that I can bring it with me everywhere, and since everything is all strung up, I just need my hook and I’m set to go. It’s a great plane project or bus commute to work!
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Happy Bead Crocheting! – Katie