Have you ever used beads on a crochet project before? It's a fun and suprisingly easy way to spice things up. Today I'm sharing a free pattern for a beaded crochet wrap necklace. It's kind of a mix between a necklace and a scarf with the addition of pretty beads. I'll teach you how to add beads to any crochet project and share the pattern for this fun project.
To make your necklace, you will need:
- embroidery needle (check to make sure the beads fit over the head)
The first step is to string the entire package of beads onto your ball of thread using the embroidery needle. This takes a while, but the beads are worth it, so turn on Netflix and handle it.
Once all of your beads are strung, you can begin crocheting! I've written out the entire pattern at the bottom of this post so you can easily refer back to it while you're working.
Here are a few photos to help you understand how to add the beads. When the pattern calls for a bead, bring one up, yarn over, then pull through. It's really not much different than a normal chain stitch, you just chain around the bead!
The only other stitch you need to know is the shell stitch. The shells connect the layers of beaded chains together.
The shell stitch is two double crochet, chain 1, two double crochet, all in the same space.
Here's a close up of what the shell stitches look like when complete:
Ready to get started? I promise it's easy once you get going. I was able to complete the whole necklace in about two hours and that's while I was crocheting with friends, so I was very distracted!
Beaded Crochet Wrap Necklace
blunt tip embroidery needle (check to make sure the beads fit over it)
Using the embroidery needle, string all of the beads onto the thread.
*(Ch around 1 bead, ch 2.) Repeat 7 times. Ch 7.*
Repeat between ** 13 times.
Ch around 1 bead, ch 3.
Now you should have 14 beaded sections.
Slip stitch into 1st chain to make a complete circle.
In the same stich, ch 2, DC, ch 1, 2DC. This is the shell stitch.
*Ch 2. Ch around 1 bead, ch 2. Repeat 7 times. Ch 2.
Shell stitch: Sl st into ch 1 space (center of previous shell), ch 2, DC, ch 1, 2 DC*
Repeat between ** all the way around the circle.
Repeat until you have five different strands all connected together with shell stitches. Of course, you can customize this and make it thinner or thicker depending on the number of strands you choose to do. Just remember that if you go thicker, you'll need to add more beads to your thread before you start crocheting.
Tie off and weave in ends.
I love my necklace! It's such a fun and unique accessory that I think I'll make a few more in different colors with different kinds of beads. I think I NEEEED one in coral, don't you?
If you use this pattern, I'd love to see your creations and share them on my Facebook page. Leave a comment below or send me an email! Thanks, and happy crocheting!