one skein of light colored yarn
size 5mm crochet hook
1. String all Beads Onto Stringing Material
String all of your beads onto bead cord (yarn, thread or wire) in the order called for in a pattern.
Notes: Use a sewing or tapestry needle to assist you with stringing the beads onto your stringing material if it is too flimsy to act as a needle on its to pick up a bead.
The stringing material is not cut before adding beads. The beads are strung directly onto the spool of stringing material. The first bead on is the last one crocheted.
2. Make a Slip Knot
On the loose end of the bead cord, make a slip knot. To begin a slip knot, leave a 6 inch (cm) or longer tail of bead cord. Next, make a loop in the bead cord and allow the loop to drape over the tail.
3. Position the crochet hook into the loop on the right of the tail and under it. Bring the hook up, left of the tail and over the left side of the loop. The crochet hook is now inserted into the loop with the loop cords on the bottom of the hook and the tail yarn on top of the hook. Do not pull the tail cord through the loop.
4. Tighten Bead Cord Onto Crochet Hook
Tighten the slip knot on crochet hook.
Each of us may crochet differently. Here's how I hold the cord and hook (above photo):
I loop the cord end with the beads on it over my index finger and allow it to hang.
I use my index finger to control tension on the cord.
I hold the tail cord between my thumb and middle finger.
To tighten the slip knot around the hook, I pull on the tail cord.
No doubt you will discover (or have already) a crochet method that's comfortable for you.
5. Crochet a Bead Chain Stitch
To crochet a bead chain stitch, bring a bead down the cord, behind the crochet hook.
In bead crochet a bead is crocheted into the stitch. In a pattern, the directions may note this as "b st", "bead st" or "bead stitch". Simple, yet beautiful jewelry can be made by crocheting a basic foundation chain. We begin to crochet by making a chain stitch.
6. Yarn Over
To yarn over, use your index finger to bring the yarn over the front of crochet hook from behind it in a left to right motion, resting the cord in the throat of the crochet hook.
To make more uniform bead chain stitches, begin each stitch with the loop on the shaft of the crochet hook.
7. Complete Bead Chain Stitch
To complete a bead chain stitch, pull the cord through the loop on the hook. You have crocheted a bead chain stitch. One loop is on the hook.
8. Next Bead Chain Stitch
Repeat Steps 5 - 7 to make a foundation row of bead chain stitches.
(Remember, bring a bead down the cord and behind the crochet hook, yarn over and pull the cord through the loop on the hook. That's it!)
9. Back Side of Foundation Chain
How to Make a Knot Between Bead Crochet Stitches
1. Space Beads in Foundation Chain
To make a space (knot) between beads, do not bring down a bead. Instead, yarn over and place both loops in the throat of the crochet hook.
2. Finish Knot on Foundation Chain
Bring yarn (cord) through loop on hook. Pull the yarn (cord) tight against the throat of the hook. This tightens the yarn (cord) on the knot you just made.