Crocheted Rope

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Circular bead crochet is done using beads and pearl cotton. Weaving is done using a size 6 (1.8mm) crochet hook. Beads are strung onto the pearl cotton before beginning to crochet.
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Step 1

Leave the pearl cotton yarn on the spool. Thread the end through a twisted wire needle. Twisted wire needles are flexible, and although the eye looks big, it will collapse down when pulled through a bead. Use the needle to string all of the beads you will need for the project.

Step 2

To help show the technique more easily, here we will show a six-bead rope, with each bead shown in a different color. String the beads in the sequence described for your project. Keep in mind that when the rope is woven, the beads will be arranged opposite of the way they are strung. Tip: String more beads than you think you will need, since it will be impossible to add more once you’ve begun to stitch.

Step 3

After you finish stringing all the beads, do NOT cut the thread. You will continue to use thread from the spool as you crochet. Remove the twisted wire needle. Leave an 8-12-inch tail, and make a slip knot. In the diagrams, the tail is shown much shorter than in reality to prevent confusion about which end is the tail.

Step 4

Slip the loop onto a crochet hook. Tighten the loop around the shaft of the crochet hook.

Step 5

Begin by making a chain. Since this is a six bead rope, the chain will be six beads long. Slide one pre-strung bead down into position, near the slip knot, sitting toward the back side of the crochet hook.

Step 6

Bring the yarn around the hook from the back to the front. This operation is referred to as “yarn over”.

Step 7

Catch the yarn with the hook, and pull it through the loop. This completes one chain stitch with a bead.

Step 8

Slide one pre-strung bead down into position, near to the hook, sitting toward the back side of the crochet hook.

Step 9

Yarn over the front of the crochet hook.

Step 10

Catch the yarn with the hook, and pull it through the loop. This completes one chain stitch with a bead.

Step 11

Slide one pre-strung bead down into position, near to the hook, sitting toward the back side of the crochet hook.

Step 12

Yarn over the front of the crochet hook.

Step 13

Catch the yarn with the hook, and pull it through the loop, completing another chain stitch with a bead.

Step 14

Repeat steps 11-13 until you have a chain of six beads. The chain will have a slight curl.

Step 15

Leave the loop in place around the hook, and grab the tail end of the yarn. Pull it up next to the crochet hook.

Step 16

Join the ends to form a ring by sliding the hook through the first loop of the chain next to the tail. Push the first bead to the right of the crochet hook so the bead hole runs parallel with the hook.

Step 17

Connect the chain into a ring. Bring the working yarn around the bead you just pushed over the crochet hook so that it is between the first (peridot) and last (fuchsia) bead of the first round. The yarn will cross over the hook.

Step 18

Slide a pre-strung bead (peridot) into position, so that it sits on top of the bead of the same color in the previous row, positioned to the right of the hook. When working with a different pattern, this bead may be a different color than the bead in the previous row. For this tutorial, the bead will always be the same color as the bead in the previous row.

Step 19

Pull the thread through the two loops on the hook.

Step 20

Slide the hook through the next loop of the chain next under the next bead over (navy). Push the first bead to the right of the crochet hook so the bead hole runs parallel with the hook.

Step 21

Bring the working yarn between the first (peridot) and second (navy) bead of the first round. The yarn will sit on top of (over) the thread loop on the hook.

Step 22

Slide a pre-strung bead (navy) into position, so that it sits on top of the bead of the same color in the previous row, positioned to the right of the hook.

Step 23

Pull the thread through the two loops on the hook.

Step 24

Slide the hook through the next loop of the chain next under the next bead over (dark green). Push the first bead to the right of the crochet hook so the bead hole runs parallel with the hook.

Step 25

Bring the working yarn between the second (navy) and third (dark green) bead of the first round. The yarn will sit on top of (over) the thread loop on the hook.

Step 26

Slide a pre-strung bead (dark green) into position, so that it sits on top of the bead of the same color in the previous row, positioned to the right of the hook. Bring the yarn across the front of the hook.

Step 27

Pull the thread through the two loops on the hook.

Step 28

Slide the hook through the next loop of the chain next under the next bead over (purple). Push the first bead to the right of the crochet hook so the bead hole runs parallel with the hook.

Step 29

Bring the working yarn between the third (dark green) and fourth (lavender) bead of the first round. The yarn will sit on top of (over) the thread loop on the hook.

Step 30

Slide a pre-strung bead (lavender) into position, so that it sits on top of the bead of the same color in the previous row, positioned to the right of the hook. Bring the yarn across the front of the hook.

Step 31

Pull the thread through the two loops on the hook.

Step 32

Slide the hook through the next loop of the chain next under the next bead over (turquoise). Push the first bead to the right of the crochet hook so the bead hole runs parallel with the hook.

Step 33

Bring the working yarn between the fourth (lavender) and fifth (turquoise) bead of the first round. The yarn will sit on top of (over) the yarn loop on the hook.

Step 34

Slide a pre-strung bead (turquoise) into position, so that it sits on top of the bead of the same color in the previous row, positioned to the right of the hook. Bring the yarn across the front of the hook.

Step 35

Pull the thread through the two loops on the hook.

Step 36

Slide the hook through the next loop of the chain next under the next bead over (fuchsia). This is the last bead of the first round of six. Push the first bead to the right of the crochet hook so the bead hole runs parallel with the hook.

Step 37

Bring the working yarn between the fifth (turquoise) and sixth (fuchsia) bead of the first round. The yarn will sit on top of (over) the thread loop on the hook.

Step 38

Slide a pre-strung bead (fuchsia) into position, so that it sits on top of the bead of the same color in the previous row, positioned to the right of the hook. Bring the yarn across the front of the hook.

Step 39

Pull the thread through the two loops on the hook.

Step 40

To begin the third round, slide the hook through the next loop of the chain next under the next bead over (peridot). Push the first bead to the right of the crochet hook so the bead hole runs parallel with the hook. Repeat steps 21-39 until the chain reaches the desired length. Make sure on each round that sequence of bead colors match the previous row.

Step 41

As you create your rope, you will notice that when you are working on a row, the beads will sit with the holes oriented on a horizontal plain. When you add the next row, the beads turn, so that they sit next to each other with the bead holes pointing upward.

Step 42

Congratulations, you have learned to crochet a rope! Once you reach the desired length, you’ll need to decide how to properly end off the thread. Check out our Crocheted Rope Invisible Join or Crocheted Rope Clasp Option 1 to finish your piece.

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