How to Crochet with Beads

Tutorials and Bead Crochet Patterns

Bead Necklace

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When you learn how to crochet with beads, you open up an entirely new world for your craft. Many people like to use bead crochet to make jewelry. However, you can also make accessories, including crochet purses. You can also incorporate beads into crochet fashion. The opportunities are nearly endless, but of course first you have to learn the technique. The resources in this article will get you started.

  • 01 of 08

    Beaded Crochet Technique - A Free Step-By-Step Tutorial

    Beads for Crochet

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    Here is a free tutorial for an easy beaded crochet technique. You can use this technique to make a single row of crocheted beadwork.

    This technique is useful for making beaded crochet motifs such as snowflakes, apples, and crochet hearts. Make a row of beads and shape it into the design that you want to create.

    It is also useful for making beaded crochet jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, and chokers. Basically, if you just want to get started with learning how to bead crochet then this is a great place for you to start.

  • 02 of 08

    Step-By-Step Tutorial for Beaded Crochet Necklace

    Bead Crochet

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    You can make a necklace with the instructions in step one. However, this gives you a chance to learn how to crochet a bead necklace from start to finish. It's an easy pattern with clear instructions that you should find excellent to use as a beginner in the niche. It includes seed beads as well as a dichroic glass pendant. It's an elegant design but one that you could also dress down if you wanted to wear it as an everyday accessory.

  • 03 of 08

    7 Necklaces Made Using a Wire and Bead Crochet Technique

    Bead Crochet Necklace

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    You can work bead crochet using yarn or thread. However, many people like to combine wire crochet and bead crochet. It allows you to create a different type of jewelry that some would argue is more elegant.

    This resource provides you with instructions and information for making wire and bead crochet necklaces. You'll see that there are so many different ways to adapt the technique to create jewelry you'll always be proud to wear. There are as many bead crochet jewelry styles as there are people who want to wear these accessories so just find the style that's right for you.

  • 04 of 08

    10 Bead Crochet Purse Patterns

    Beaded Crochet Purse Free Pattern

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    Make a crochet purse significantly more elegant when you add beads to the design. You can add them to almost any crochet purse once you know how to crochet with beads. However, if you need specific instructions, then look no further than this roundup.

    The ten bead crochet purses here run the gamut from bohemian to wedding-worthy. Some are vintage-inspired, because beads were quite popular in 1930s accessories. Others are wholly modern. The beads may be just a small design detail at the fringe of the piece or they may decorate the entire purse. Find the style that suits you best.

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  • 05 of 08

    Turkish Crochet Patterns with Beads

    Turkish Crochet Bracelet Pattern

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    Turkish crochet, also called oya crochet or vintage lace crochet, is a specific niche of the craft that uses thread, generally to make jewelry. Many examples of Turkish crochet incorporate beads in their design. This roundup of patterns includes a flat bead bracelet and a really unique necklace in which red beads are clustered together to look like flowers.

  • 06 of 08

    Wooden Bead Crochet Nursing Necklace Free Pattern

    Wooden Bead Crochet Necklace

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    In addition to crocheting with beads, you can cover beads with crochet. The most common approach is to take wooden beads and create crochet cozies that completely cover them. Learn how to do that in this detailed tutorial which is part of a free crochet teething necklace pattern. The crochet over the wood is perfect for a nursing baby.

  • 07 of 08

    More Free Bead Crochet Patterns

    Crochet Beads

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    Head on over to our main index of free crochet patterns with beads to get even more ideas for what you can do with this technique. The beaded cell phone case is one of the more unique crochet patterns on this list. This really shows you how many different ways you can work with beads.

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    More Free Crochet Jewelry Patterns

    Bead Jewelry

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    You can use bead crochet to make jewelry. Of course, not all jewelry incorporates beads. Therefore, only some of the items on this list make the cut. The ones that do, though, are stunning. Learn to make bracelets and necklaces with the bead crochet patterns on this list.