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Bead Stitch

Updated April 14, 2022
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The bead stitch offers a unique look which can be used in a variety of projects either on its own or along with other stitches. This stitch is suitable to advanced beginners. If you are familiar with a Treble Crochet (US Double Crochet) we will be taking this technique one step further to create a beautiful stitch.

Pattern use ideas

  • Blankets
  • Shawls
  • Scarfs and cowls
  • Hats and gloves

Pattern notes

Written in UK terms

This pattern gives you the basic principles for the bead stitch, designed to help you create your own projects.

Video tutorial can be found at the base of the post.

Yarn used in Sample: Paintbox Yarn

Crochet terms

ch – Chain

dc – Double Crochet

tr – Treble Crochet

*__* – Repeat indicated instructions

bst (bead stitch) – *yarn over, insert the hook behind the previous treble from front to back, yarn over and pull through a loop* 3 times around the same treble.(7 loops on the hook) Yarn over and pull through 6 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining loops on the hook.

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.


Foundation chain: ch your desired length in an even number

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from the hook and each ch to the end

Row 2: ch 3 and turn, skip 1st dc, *tc in next stitch, bst, skip a dc* repeat until the end. tr into last stitch.

Row 3: ch 1 and turn, skip 1st dc, dc into top of each tc and bst and the row.

Repeat row 2 and 3 until you reach your desired high. End with a row 3 and tie off.

Video Tutorials

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  • Linda
    February 13, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Hi l have been trying this bead stitch with 2 rows of double stitch instead of 1 but can’t seem to get it to work , l seem to get wider the higher up l go can you tell me if you have tried it this way if so where am l going wrong .

    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 17, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      I’ve not tried this stitch with two rows of double crochet but as long as you are ending up with the same number of stitches after the second row it should work out. It sounds to me as though you are creating an extra stitch or two and that’s why the piece is getting wider and wider. As long as you are counting each stitch after the first row, and are making sure to work into the same amount of stitches for the second row, then it should work out

  • Erica Williams
    May 22, 2020 at 5:11 am

    I have a question on row 3. In the video, you skip the first stitch. But you don’t state that in the written pattern. Usually when you start with a chain one, you go into the first stitch. Do the counts stay more accurate with skipping the first stitch? I apologize if that doesn’t make sense.

    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 28, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks for picking up on this – there seems to be a discrepancy between the video and the written instructions. You should skip the first stitch as in the video tutorial Sorry for any confusion!


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