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Sunday, March 06, 2011

How to Do Basic Beaded Crochet Lace

With beaded lace patterns I'm often asked, "How do you get the beads on there?" or "How do you do beaded crochet?" or "How do you bring up a bead (abbreviated in crochet patterns as 'BUB') to crochet it?". Here's an illustrated tutorial on how you do it (Note: Beaded lace is tiny - Click on any photo to ENLARGE IT):

1)Pre-string all beads needed for the pattern on your yarn/crochet thread. I use a big eye collapsible needle (available in beading stores) to string my beads. Not all beads in a batch may fit over the needle and onto the yarn - discard those that don't slide easily on.
Illustrated Tutorial How to Do Basic Beaded Crochet Lace

2)Let's start with adding a bead to a chain stitch. Hold the majority of the beads behind your left hand away from your working area. Slide up a bead to work with.
Illustrated Tutorial How to Do Basic Beaded Crochet Lace

3)Push the bead up snug to the prior stitch. You have now brought up the bead and it is in place to work the stitch called for in the pattern, which in this example is a chain stitch.
Illustrated Tutorial How to Do Basic Beaded Crochet Lace

4)With your hook, reach over the bead to grab the yarn and KEEPING THE BEAD UP SNUG TO THE PRIOR STITCH .....
Illustrated Tutorial How to Do Basic Beaded Crochet Lace

5)...complete your chain stitch. You will notice that the bead will always appear on the BACK side of your work, not the front.
Illustrated Tutorial How to Do Basic Beaded Crochet Lace

6)Let's continue by learning to add a bead to a double crochet stitch. Again, keeping the rest of the beads off to the left out of the working area, bring up a bead and push the bead up snug to the prior stitch.
Illustrated Tutorial How to Do Basic Beaded Crochet Lace

7)With your hook, reach over the bead to grab the yarn and KEEPING THE BEAD UP SNUG TO THE PRIOR STITCH .....
Illustrated Tutorial How to Do Basic Beaded Crochet Lace

8)... insert your hook from front to back and .....
Illustrated Tutorial How to Do Basic Beaded Crochet Lace

9)... draw up a loop. Look at the photo closely. You want the bead to be on the back side of the crochet hook. (Note: clicking on the photo will enlarge it)
Illustrated Tutorial How to Do Basic Beaded Crochet Lace

10) This is an example of what you do NOT want. Look at the photo closely. The bead is in front of the crochet hook. You want it to be at the back, or on the top leaning back, but NOT in front.
Illustrated Tutorial How to Do Basic Beaded Crochet Lace

11) With the bead at the back, complete the double crochet stitch as normal. You will notice that the bead is again appearing on the BACK side of your work, not the front. Once you've made a few more double crochet stitches ....
Illustrated Tutorial How to Do Basic Beaded Crochet Lace

11)... flip your work over to see all the beads perfectly incorporated into your project.
Illustrated Tutorial How to Do Basic Beaded Crochet Lace

3 comments:

Scribe said...

So pretty! Thanks for the tutorial!

Judi said...

Thats a good tutorial. I am going to have to give that a try. I have always wondered how it worked to do that also.
Thank you.
Hope you've had a good start to the week.
Come by and visit sometime..
Judi

Artifax said...

Thanks so very much for the positive feedback on my tutorials! They are a bit of work to put together, but knowing people are looking at them and that they are helpful makes it all worth it!