Bead Crochet Tutorials (4/20/2016)
It’s Bead Crochet today! OK, so I don’t do it, but it is so pretty. It’s definitely on my beading bucket list, along with 94 bazillion other things. So get your crochet needles ready, pick a project and DO IT!
Beads + crochet = two of my favorite things, so when I saw this crochet necklace combo on Ravelry, I had to give it a try. The detailed instructions are called “Infamous Beaded Necklace Tutorial”, by Devon Clement. There are many creative interpretations found on the “projects” pages there which provide inspiration aplenty. My beads were basically leftovers from other projects…freshwater pearls in various sizes, seed beads, and lots of sparkly crystal.
You begin by pre-stringing all your beads on to the thread. The last bead you thread will be the first that gets crocheted in. I found that a dental floss threader was a big help for stringing beads, but it’s hard to get the relatively thick thread through some of those tiny bead holes, and using the threader means that it’s a double thickness going through.
Got lots of beads? Why not make several beaded rings to match different outfits? Here is an easy (if you can handle the fiddly smallness) how to bead crochet a ring tutorial. It uses elastic for no fuss sizing. The tutorial is by Starmeg over on Craftster . She called it the Amazing Crochet Bling Bling Tutorial!
I used two different kinds of beads in the sample necklace. The larger beads I estimate are 6/0 seed beads. These beads are a subtle mix of similar colors; they are shimmery, shiny taupes tinged with pink, mauve and lavender overtones. They did not photograph well. The smaller beads are 11/0 metallic pink seed beads by Darice. As it turns out, these beads are not a great choice for wire crochet, so I recommend substituting similar beads.
This crochet necklace pattern is one of the easiest ones to try if you are a beginner in crocheting with beads. The crochet necklace pattern described below is named beaded choker and it is made by first stringing all the beads, then working them in as you stitch. When you are done, you attach the clasp. If you are just starting out with crocheting with beads, you should definitely give this one a try.
I have had a few requests to explain how I make the beaded crochet necklaces, and I have to admit I was reluctant! The technique is actually super simple and straightforward. The secret is in the materials! I should note here that I am in no way an expert beader/jewelry maker. This is pretty much the only thing I know how to do! It’s that easy. So, materials needed: