A Recipe for Beaded Crochet Elegance
Combine one ball of thread and a couple ounces of beads; work with steel crochet hook; join to edge of scarf, shawl, coat, jeans, or shirt; and wear. That is the basic recipe for beaded crochet garments, accessories, or home decor items. And like most great recipes, the recipe for bead crochet is open to your own interpretation. The Beaded Edge is the perfect recipe book.
In Turkey, these decorative edgings are called oya and are used to decorate beautiful scarves that are often worn for traditional or religious occasions. For generations in Turkey and throughout the world, crochet edgings have been used both as a decoration and a way to express emotions.
Follow along as I whip up an easy beaded single crochet sample.
Pre-string your beads onto your thread. You can use a beading needle or use Fray Check to stiffen the end of your thread or yarn. Always pre-string more beads than you anticipate using because adding more beads requires breaking the yarn.
After you have strung the beads and while working in pattern, keep the unused beads against the yarn ball. This will keep them out of the way until you are ready to work a beaded stitch.
It's as simple as that! I have already started the Soap Bubbles edging. I think I will pair the fun edging with a pair of summer shorts as a celebration of childlike fun. Order your copy of The Beaded Edge today and create beautiful beaded edging for your own garments and accessories.
P.S. For more information on beaded single crochet, check out our step-by-step video.