Have you ever wanted to know how to crochet with beads? It may look complicated, but once you see the process you will know just how easy it is. And so many different weights and sizes of yarn and beads can be used.
This year I really wanted to make some pumpkins for my fall home decor. There are a lot of pumpkin patters out there, but I wanted something a little bit different. I saw some wood beads at my craft store and bought them, not knowing exactly what I was going to do with them. It was one of those crafty impulse buys. Once I started using the smaller bead with a worsted weight yarn, I knew I wanted to go even bigger.
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How to Crochet With Beads Supplies:
Wood Beads 20mm (large)
Bean Bag Filling (optional)
Between 100-150 depending on pumpkin size
ch - chain
pb - place bead
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
This will vary with the yarn, not critical for this pattern.
These instruction made a variety of sizes.
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How To Crochet With Beads Notes:
The chain 1 does not count as a stitch.
When placing a bead use a smaller crochet hook for the bead.
To place a bead (pb): Using the smaller crochet hook, place a bead onto the hook. pull up a loop through the next stitch and then pull the loop through the bead. Then place the loop onto the bigger crochet hook to complete the stitch. The video below is a great visual guide.
When working with a bulky yarn use the N-hook to crochet the fabric and the H-hook to help place the beads. When working with a worsted weight yarn use the H-hook to crochet the fabric and the small 1.75mm hook to place the beads.
The pumpkins are made in rows using slip stitches and then then seamed together. The Ends are then sewn closed after the stuffing is placed inside.
How To Crochet With Beads Video:
How To Crochet With Beads Instructions:
This is a unique pattern where you get to choose your yarn size and hook size. Watching the video above for how to place the beads is really helpful.
Small & Large Pumpkin
This size places 5 beads along the row. It's the grey worsted weight pumpkin with the small wood beads, the large chunky weight pumpkin with the large wood beads, and the orange worsted weight pumpkin with the black beads.
Row 1: Ch 24, sl st in the second ch from hook and across, turn. (23 sts)
Row 2: Working in the blo for this row: ch 1, *sl st 3, pb*; repeat from * to until the last 3 sts, sl st in th last 3 turn. (23 sts)
Row 3-6: In blo: ch 1, sl st in each st across, turn. (23 sts)
Repeat rows 2-6 until the desired size. This will be the width of the pumpkin.
To join: Ch 1, st st through the blo of the first st of the current and through the loop of the first row. Repeat across for each stitch in the row. Fasten off leaving a long tail
Finishing: At the end of the video above this process is shown. Using a tapestry needle, sew through the edge stitches along one side. Pull tail end to close. Stuff the pumpkin with fiberfill or beanbag beans and repeat for the other side to close. If desired place a cinnamon stick or wine cork into the top hole before closing all the way. Weave end from the top of the pumpkin, through the pumpkin to the bottom, and back again to create the pumpkin shape if desired. Fasten off and weave in ends.
This size places 3 beads along the row.
Row 1: Ch 16, sl st in the second ch from hook and across, turn. (15 sts)
Row 2: Working in the blo for this row: ch 1, *sl st 3, pb*; repeat from * to until the last 3 sts, sl st in th last 3 turn. (15 sts)
Row 3-6: In blo: ch 1, sl st in each st across, turn. (15 sts)
Repeat rows 2-6 until desired size. This will be the width of the pumpkin.
To join: Ch 1, st st through the blo of the first st of the current and through the loop of the first row. Repeat across for each stitch in row. Fasten off leaving a long tail. To finish follow the instructions for the larger size above.
Feel free to experiment by placing beads in different ways!
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