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Basic Bead Crochet

Step 1

Leave the pearl cotton yarn on the spool. Thread the end through a twisted wire needle. Twisted wire needles are flexible, and although the eye looks big, it will collapse down when pulled through a bead. Use the needle to string all of the beads you will need for the project. Tip: String more beads than you think you will need, since it will be impossible to add more once you have begun to stitch.

Step 2

After you finish stringing all the beads, do NOT cut the thread. You will continue to use thread from the spool as you crochet. Remove the twisted wire needle. Leave an 8-12-inch tail, and make a slip knot.

Step 3

Slip the loop onto a crochet hook. Tighten the loop around the shaft of the crochet hook.

Step 4

Slide one pre-strung bead down into position, near the slip knot, sitting toward the back side of the crochet hook.

Step 5

Bring the yarn around the hook from the back to the front. This operation is referred to as yarn over".

Step 6

Catch the yarn with the hook, and pull it through the loop. This completes one chain stitch with a bead.

Step 7

Yarn over the front of the crochet hook.

Step 8

Catch the yarn with the hook, and pull it through the loop, making a second chain stitch with no bead. Adding an empty chain stitch in between each stitch creates a more flexible chain. Adding stitch between beads is optional, and depends on the specifics of the pattern you are completing.

Step 9

Slide one pre-strung bead down into position, near the hook, sitting toward the back side of the crochet hook.

Step 10

Yarn over the front of the crochet hook.

Step 11

Catch the yarn with the hook, and pull it through the loop, completing another chain stitch with a bead.

Step 12

Yarn over the front of the crochet hook.

Step 13

Catch the yarn with the hook, and pull it through the loop, completing another chain stitch with no bead.

Step 14

Slide one pre-strung bead down into position, near the hook, sitting toward the back side of the crochet hook.

Step 15

Yarn over the front of the crochet hook.

Step 16

Catch the yarn with the hook, and pull it through the loop, completing another chain stitch with a bead.

Step 17

Yarn over the front of the crochet hook.

Step 18

Catch the yarn with the hook, and pull it through the loop, completing another chain stitch with no bead. Repeat steps 14-18 until you have reached the desired length for your chain.

Step 19

Securing the ends is known as ending off. To end off, cut your yarn, leaving an 8-12 inch tail. Slide your hook out of the last loop, and then take the end and pass it back through that last loop.

Step 20

Pull the end through and tighten the knot. Congratulations! You have created a basic bead crocheted chain.