How to Crochet: Single Crochet With Bead in Front

By Candace – 8 Comments

Adding beads to crochet produces beautiful pieces, but the usual way of adding beads has its limitations. With beads only showing up on one side of the stitch, you can only add beads in every other row of a flat piece. When this technique is combined with the usual one, you can add beads to every row for a more densely beaded project. The key here is to single crochet behind the bead.

To add beads to the side of the project facing you:

Bring the bead up to the hook.


Keeping the bead in front, insert your hook in the next stitch.


Yarn over.


Pull up a loop.


Yarn over and pull through two loops.


And there you have a bead at the front of your project. Now you can bead every row and do denser beadwork.

If you need further help with this technique, feel free to leave a comment below.

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  1. Mary says:

    Thanks for this tip…so practical and so easy. I always feel so very dumb (but grateful) whenever a simple solution is learned. You teach me regularly and I appreciate it.

  2. Varsha says:

    You site give super useful tips… So practical and often not found in books
    Thanks again

  3. Taylor Who Crochets says:

    do you string the beads on? or to you just put it by the hook? im confused

  4. Susan says:

    Thanks for answering Taylor’s question you just answered mine “:) I love all of your tips and ideas. Keep up the good work.

  5. Beth says:

    I want to add in square letter beads to a single crochet, but the letters are sideways when I do. can I add them a different way to fix that.

    • Candace says:

      Hi Beth,

      Unfortunately, I do not know of a way to orient the beads the way you want them, so your best bet is to crochet widthwise instead of lengthwise or drill new holes in the beads.

  6. Beth says:

    This is in reference to the square beads to single crochet. I want to make a headband and I need the letters to read across the forehead of the headband. I’m crocheting by the width not the length.can I make that work.

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