How to Crochet: Double Crochet with Beads

By Robin Beers – 19 Comments
Now that you know how to add beads to your work and do a single crochet, I will teach you how to add beads to a double crochet stitch. For a quick refresher about how to add beads, click here. In this tutorial, I used larger beads made of wood. I found them at my local craft store. The technique is basically the same as in single crochet except that you will pull the bead to the front of your work and secure it there. Some ideas for you are to make a pocketbook with beads, or maybe a beaded plant hanger.  

The materials you need are crochet thread or yarn, beads and a needle. I am using larger beads here so I use a tapestry needle to string them onto my yarn.

Note: If you are left handed, just put your mouse over the photo for a left-handed view.


First string the beads onto your crochet thread or yarn. Remember to put enough beads on.

Begin crocheting the desired number of stitches, pushing the beads down out of your way.
When ready to add the bead, bring first bead close to the work area of stitch.

Yarn over, then insert crochet hook into the next stitch. Remember to keep the bead tight in place.

Yarn over, pull loop through stitch. You should now have 3 loops on the hook.
Notice the bead is still in place behind the hook.

Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on the hook keeping the bead in place.

Now bring the bead up from the back to the front of the work with your finger and hold in place.

(Bring it around both loops, not through them.)

Keep the bead secure in front with your finger while you yarn over and pull through the final 2 loops on the hook to complete the double crochet stitch.

 

This is how you add beads to your double crochet work! It’s not as difficult as you thought!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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19 Comments

  1. marinahunny says:

    nice…can make a bracelet ;)

  2. Betts says:

    so how do you do the second row after adding the beads? Sorry i am having trouble picturing how to do this, fibro fog to blame..

  3. Robin says:

    Hi Betts,
    The second row will just be a double crochet and then if you want to add another row of beads, that will be the third row which you will do just like the first row of beads.
    Or…
    If you want to have beads on both sides, you can continue adding the beads like you did on the first row.
    Hope this helps,
    Robin

  4. Christina says:

    Could you suggest how I could use this? I love it and would like to use it!!

  5. Robin says:

    Christina,
    You could make a bracelet with just one or two rows, or if you want – a pocketbook with beads.
    :)

  6. Could you tell me how to keep my new crochet dishcloth from fading??

  7. Robin says:

    Dorothy, Sometimes dishcloths may fade due to the cleansers that you use on them in the kitchen. Be sure to check the labels for any bleach ingredients.

  8. About the fading. If you’re using 100% cotton I know what the problem is. At my house I have city water and they use chlorine in the water. That means that every time I use my cloths in the water – for any reason – they fade just a bit from the bleaching effect of the chlorine. There’s no getting around it. Most people have city water and it all has chlorine in it, so you’re probably in the same boat. The only thing you can do is, when they get too faded soak them in a solution of chlorine and water for about an hour. Don’t make the solution too strong or it will weaken the fibers too much. Anyway, after soaking them, rinse them well and use some Kool-aid or Ritz dye and redye them. Or you can keep them for dirty jobs and knit new ones for nicer jobs. When they finally start to break down, you can then compost them as the cotton will break down.

    You can find directions for using Kool-aid to dye yarns/material on YouTube.

  9. Tina K says:

    I was thinking the beads would be cute in a crochet belt….would you crochet sequins the same as beads

  10. Robin says:

    Yes, Tina, you would crochet the sequins in the same as the beads. Just string them on beforehand and you are good to go!

  11. Tina K says:

    Thanks for the info Robin. I am fairly new to the site and already have gained a lot of info, thank you so much for all the great tips and tricks. This is quickly becoming my favorite site to visit :-)

  12. stephanni says:

    ok, i have a question. i saw some really cute peace sign beads & the holes to string them were on top & bottom through the center line of the peace symbol. would the peace sign end up sideways or right side up? i thought they would be super cute to crochet into a headband or bracelet.
    thanks rachel & gang, i <3 the site :o)
    steph

  13. Robin says:

    Hi Stephanni,
    I have those beads too! I just did a trial run with single crochet and the peace sign came out sideways along the line of the crocheting. As long as you string them all the same way, it should come out really nice. Cute idea!

  14. Judy Nutzmann says:

    I am a beginner in crocheting-I don’t know how to read patterns and as I learn a stitch I try to make something with that stitch so I know it pretty good, I made an afghan with double crochet, but by the time I finished it I must have been 10-20 stitches short from when I chained my stitches to when I finished I just guessed at how big I wanted it, it was for myself so no one will see the mess I made out of it. How do I make sure I don’t drop any stitches. Do I count every row. Thanks for any help you can give me.

  15. Kat says:

    Rachel; Thanks for showing how to crochet with beads! I can’t wait to try it. Any patterns with beads in the works for the Crochet Store coming up?

  16. Very lovely tutorial:) Thank you for sharing.

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