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Before adding a clasp to a bead crochet rope, you’ll need to end off the yarn, and fix the last row of beads so they sit in the correct position. Once you’ve done that, adding a cap and clasp is a snap.
Bead Caps (optional)
Beading Scissors 1-1/4 in. Blade
When the rope is crocheted to the desired length, cut the yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Pull the tail through the last loop to make a knot.
String a small tapestry needle on the tail.
Insert the needle through the left side of the yarn holding the bead, one counterclockwise step from the knot. If you were continuing to crochet, this is the bead you would have stitched into next. Make sure the bead is positioned to the right of the needle.
Pull the needle all the way through. This puts the bead into the right position.
Insert the needle through the left side of the yarn holding the next counterclockwise bead. If you were continuing to crochet, this is the bead you would have stitched into next. Make sure the bead is positioned to the right of the needle.
Repeat steps 5-6 until you’ve repositioned all of the beads in the round.
Insert the needle back through the left side of the yarn holding the first bead that you repositioned, which is the last bead crocheted.
Once you’ve passed back through the loop of the bead, you are ready to string your clasp plus a bead cap, to give the rope a nicely finished end.
String a bead cap so the wide part fits across the end of the rope, then string through the attachment loop of a lobster claw clasp. Pass back through the cap, back toward the end of the rope.
Insert the needle back down the middle of the rope, and bring the needle out the side of the rope.
Pull the needle through, pulling the cap flush with the end of the rope.
Insert the needle back into the center of the rope, being careful not to pass back through any beads, but only through the stitching. The needle should come back out the hole of the bead cap.
Pull the needle up through the cap and the attachment loop of the lobster claw clasp.
Repeat steps 11 and 12, bringing the needle back through the cap and a portion of the rope, and then bringing the needle back through the rope to the outside. Pull the yarn taut.
To bury the yarn tails, insert the needle back through the rope toward the center, then bring it back through the side about 1/4 inch farther away from the clasp. Be careful to make sure the needle does not go through any of the beads.
Pull the yarn taut.
Continue to repeat steps 16 and 17 until you’ve gone about halfway through the rope. Pull the tension very tight, and cut the yarn close to the rope with sharp scissors.
On the opposite end of the rope, repeat steps 10-15, attaching a soldered jump ring and a bead cap to serve as the other half of the clasp. Repeat steps 16-18 to bury and terminate the thread tails.
Congratulations, you have successfully added a clasp to a beaded crochet rope!