As promised, I'm back with the original pattern for my lacy crochet beads. I got this idea from the teddy bears and other ornaments my mom and I make for our Etsy shop; I wanted to try crocheting around wooden objects instead of styrofoam. I've seen crochet beads in the past that are comprised of solid crochet work, but wanted a more delicate style.
For this pattern, you'll need: size 10 thread, size 2.25mm hook, 1 inch wooden beads, and a needle.
- ch = chain
- slpst = slip stitch
- sp = space
- dc = double crochet
- tr = treble crochet
- sk = skip
- ch 5, slpst to form a ring (you don't want to use the magic ring technique here, as it will close off the hole of the bead)
- ch 4 (counts as 1 tr), 14 tr into ring, slpst into top of ch4 to join = 15 tr (photo 7 shows bottom)
- ch 4 (counts as 1 tr), tr into sp between second and third tr of previous row, tr into sp between first and second tr of previous row, ch 1, *sk sp, tr into next sp, tr into skipped sp, ch 1*, repeat from * around, slpst into top of ch4 to join = 15 tr, 7 ch (essentially this technique, but with treble crochets instead of double)
- ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc into each tr and ch sp around, slpst into top of ch3 to join = 22 dc (photos 1 & 2 are completed to this point)
- ch 4 (counts as 1 tr), *sk one sp, tr into next sp, tr into skipped sp*, repeat from * around, slpst into top of ch4 to join = 23 tr **At this point, you should be crocheting around your bead. I suggest inserting the bead into the crochet work just before joining this round to the ch4.** (photos 3 & 4 are completed to this point)
- ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), *sk one st, dc into next st*, repeat from * around, leave last st unworked, slpst into top of ch3 to join = 12 dc (photo 6 is slightly different, but an example of what your bead should look like)
- **If bead is covered and yarn is tight enough, finish off and leave a long end. If not, add another row of sc in every other st (=6 sc).** (photos 5 & 6; photo 5 includes single crochet stitches to make a more covered bead)
- Weave in your ends with a needle. You can also use your crochet hook, but I find that sewing them in is more secure.
What do you think? Hopefully that pattern isn't too complicated. I like the look of the crossed-stitches; is that a new technique for you? I discovered it semi-recently.
A project post for these beads is coming soon! But personally, I like them a lot as a simple bowl-filler. :)