Size 11 Beads
Top Stitch for Jeans
Size 11 Crochet Hook
Capri Sun Straw
String size 11 beads using a big eyed beading needle 36 inches for a small bracelet, 37” for a medium size or 38” for a large bracelet. Do not cut your thread as crocheting takes up a lot of thread.
A stripe can be made if when stringing, use 2a, 1b, 2c, 1b and repeat. Any combination of 6 beads repeated makes a stripe. Solid or mixed colors can be strung in a bead spinner.
Gutermann top stitch thread (Jo Ann Fabrics) comes in a variety of colors. At O.K. Sewing (72nd and Pacific) you can get Mettler cordonnet, or Jeans stitch in a wide variety of colors. Your color can match your beads or contrast. The thread will show a little between the beads.
Use a size 11 crochet hook. Size 10 or 12 will do, but 11 is the best choice.
Larger beads strung on a thicker thread, or drops can be crocheted but size 11 is easiest to do. Larger beads and thread will require a larger hook.
Patterns can be strung and crocheted. Make sure you do not make any errors in stringing as it is frustrating to have to end your thread, make corrections, and restart.
I hope you enjoy bead crocheting as much as I have.
Charlene Weyand 402-397-2691
Tube Crochet Beads
- Make a slipknot on the hook.
- Make six chain stitches each with one bead.
- Insert the hook into the first beaded chain, then slide the bead over to the far side of the hook.
- Slide a bead down the thread so it sits directly on top of the bead you just moved to the far side of the hook. The thread should come from the right side of the bead you just moved to the far side of the hook. When the bead is properly positioned, wrap the thread over the hook.
- You now have two loops on the hook and the thread is wrapped around the hook. Pull the thread through the first loop. You will have two loops on the hook when this step is complete.
- Pull the first loop through the second loop. This completes the stitch.
- Repeat steps 4-7 until you have six completed stitches. This completes the first round of six. Flatten the work; from above you should already see six spokes of thread each with a bead. Seen from the side the beads well show the beginning stages of a spiral pattern as the tube lengthens.
- Every few rounds, check the tube to be sure there are six beads around the spokes when you flatten the top. If you see less or more than six, pull out the work until there are six. Be careful not to pull a bead through your loop. If this happens, push the bead back out again or pull out stitches until the work looks correct.
- Finishing: Make sure your pattern end and beginning match. Leave a tail and cut the thread leaving a foot of thread. Place the end thread tail on a needle. Align the end and start of the tube.
10. Run the needle through the thread path show. The dark blue dots indicate the thread that holds each bead in place on the tube. The thread must follow this specific path for the joint to appear seamless.
11. Draw the ends close together and take out the slack in the thread. The beads of the end round will shift into the horizontal position and appear to be attached to the beads of the beginning round. Run your thread through the fibers and not through the bead holes. Run the thread through the center of the tube and cut it off.
See Beaded Crochet Designs by Ann Benson or other crochet books for more details and ideas.