Crocheting with Beads

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There are several options for incorporating beads into crochet fabrics.  One option is to pre-string the yarn or wire and incorporate a bead within a single crochet stitch.  The technique illustrated below is always worked on the wrong side of the fabric.

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To work the Backward Loop Cast-on:

Crocheting with Beads, Prestringing Beads


Prestringing Beads:  When you pre-string your wire or yarn with beads, you string them in the reverse order that you will actually use them.  This means that those you stitch with last will be those that you load onto the wire first. 

Crocheting with Beads, Step 1


Step 1:  Prior to starting the stitch, scoot the bead up to the crochet hook.

Crocheting with Beads, Step 2


Step 2:  Insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop.

Crocheting with Beads, Step 3


Step 4:  Complete the single crochet stitch as usual by yarning over and pulling through the last loop.

Crocheting with Beads, Complete


Pictured are 2 more beaded single crochet stitches completed.  Note that when working in this way, you are working on the wrong side of the fabric.

Crocheting with Beads, Right Side View


View from the right side of the work.