Tutorials and Help

8 Crochet Bead Tutorials

Posted in Tutorials and Help on May 21st, 2016 by Rachel Choi – 2 Comments

Adding beads to your crochet can give your project the extra touch it needs. Beads are popular in crochet jewelry patterns, but can also be used in scarves, shawls, accessories, home decor, toys, and anything else you can imagine. In this post, I rounded up eight bead tutorials that we have on Crochet Spot. They are in the order which I recommend learning if you aren’t familiar with bead work. Of course, you can jump around to different tutorials if certain ones spark your interest.


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Tips and Tricks for Stringing Beads onto Yarn and Thread

Posted in Tutorials and Help on May 19th, 2016 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

Before starting your beaded crochet project, you’ll have to string your beads onto the yarn or thread. If you’re lucky, the beads will string on with no problem. However, many beads have small holes that are intended for jewelry wire, not crochet thread or yarn. In this post, I’ll discuss some tips and tricks to string your beads on. Sometimes the trick is really simple and quick, other times it can take a bit more work to get those stubborn beads on.
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Crochet Tutorials for the Experienced Crocheter

Posted in Tutorials and Help on May 14th, 2016 by Rachel Choi – 2 Comments

Think you know all there is to crochet? Think again! I’m always finding new crochet techniques to learn. If you’ve crocheted for a number of years, you might be tired of crocheting the same thing over and over again. Let’s learn something new to spice things up and add to your crochet arsenal. In this post I’ll roundup a few tutorials we have here on Crochet Spot for the experienced crocheters!
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How to Embroider Eyes onto Crochet

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 29th, 2016 by Rachel Choi – 1 Comment

So, you’ve crocheted a cute animal or doll and now you’re ready to add its face. In this tutorial I’ll show you how I embroider eyes with yarn. Of course, there are other methods for adding eyes, but this method is one of my favorites, because you can use scraps of yarn you already have. Here I’ll show the technique being done on a little lion that’s a part of the Little Safari Animals set. You can use this technique on any knit or crocheted doll, animal, or amigurumi.
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How to Crochet: Chain with Bead

Posted in Tutorials and Help on April 16th, 2016 by Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment

So, you want to learn to crochet with beads? It is easier than you think. Adding beads to stitches you know is as simple as moving a bead to your hook as you’re crocheting a stitch and catching the bead in your work as you yarn over and close the stitch. Once you learn how to crochet with beads using one stitch, you can transfer the same technique to other stitches. This tutorial demonstrates how to crochet chain stitches with beads. Once you have a basic understanding of crocheting chains with beads, try crocheting single crochets with beads or double crochets with beads.


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How to Crochet: Herringbone Double Crochet (HBdc)

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 31st, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

Herringbone double crochet (HBdc) is one of the first special stitches I learned. It is an easy way to create texture in any project. To achieve the full effect of the stitch, Herringbone double crochet should be worked back and forth in rows. For the purpose of practicing this skill, we’ll make a swatch in this tutorial. Yarn and hook size don’t matter for this practice swatch.
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Turkish Spindle – Spindles Around the World Series #4

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 29th, 2016 by Molly Ferriter – Be the first to comment
I’m very excited this week, as we come to the Turkish spindle, the fourth post in our series “Spindles Around the World“. So far we’ve discussed the drop spindle and the Navajo spindle.

The Turkish drop spindle is incredible, in that the yarn is wound around the whorl, creating a ball of yarn that slides off the shaft and is ready to use! Amazing!

Photo by Snyder Spindles

Photo by Snyder Spindles

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How To Add Multiple Beads to a Crochet Stitch

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 24th, 2016 by Candace – 1 Comment

If you’ve already tried to single crochet or double crochet with beads, and you like lots of sparkle in your work, Here is a technique to consider. Normally, the best way to make sure your project is dense with beads is to use single crochet, but what if you want a lot of beads in a pattern that calls for taller stitches? The answer is simple: use multiple beads in each stitch!

This tutorial is focused on bringing up beads on vertical threads of a stitch which gives the beads a neat, stacked look. The stitch used in the example is a double treble.
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How to Crochet a Tube (Version 2 – In Spirals)

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 15th, 2016 by Caissa "Cami" McClinton – Be the first to comment

In my last tutorial, I showed you how to crochet a tube in a certain way, by joining rounds. However, you can also crochet a tube in spirals.

For the purpose of practicing this skill, we’ll make a small swatch in this tutorial. Yarn and hook size don’t matter for this practice swatch.

You may mouse over images for left-handed views.

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
sc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Foundation: ch 15. The photo below shows this completed.







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Navajo Spindle – Spindles Around the World #3

Posted in Tutorials and Help on March 3rd, 2016 by Molly Ferriter – 3 Comments
In the fiber arts world, the Navajo people are recognized for their world-renown rugs and other woven textiles. As a teacher on the Navajo Nation for over a decade, I was able to see the beautiful handcraft in my students’ dresses and belts that they wore on special days such as class pictures and the school Christmas concert. For spinners, the Navajo spindle is well-known for its simple but graceful design. In our third post in the Spindles Around the World Series, we will be discussion the Navajo spindle, traditionally used by Navajo and Pueblo people in the southwestern United States. navajo spinning

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