Crocheted Rope - Invisible Join
To turn a bead crochet rope into a bangle bracelet or continuous loop, you'll need to join the ends together. If you're working with a pattern, the join will need to be seamless, maintaining the pattern.
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When the rope reaches the desired length, make sure the ends will lock together without twisting the rope. In this case since we were using a 6 bead pattern, the last bead added here (fuchsia) will match up with the 6th bead added at the beginning. If the ends match up, cut the yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Pull the tail through the last loop to make a knot.
Thread a small tapestry needle on the beginning yarn tail.
Position the beginning of the rope to the right, and the end of the rope to the left. Sew into the center of the ending side, coming out about 1/4 inch into the rope. Pull the tail to bring the ends together. Match up the highest bead on the beginning side with the lowest bead on your ending side. In this case they are both the light green beads.
Thread a small tapestry needle onto the tail on the ending side of the rope.
Insert the needle through the first loop of the light green or first bead on the beginning side of the rope. Pull through, bringing the needle toward you. The illustrations show a large gap. In reality, the rope ends will be pulled close to each other.
Working counterclockwise, insert the needle through the loop of the next bead over, exactly where you would insert your hook if you were continuing to crochet. This will be the same color bead as you passed through on the first side (peridot).
Insert the needle through the next loop (navy) on the beginning side of the rope. Pull through, bringing the needle toward you. Pulling the thread through turns and reorients the end bead.
Working counterclockwise, insert the needle through the loop of the next bead over, exactly where you would insert your hook if you were continuing to crochet.
Pull through, bringing the needle toward you. Pulling the thread through turns and reorients the end bead. Check and make sure that the beads on the ends of the rope match, and that the pattern, ifyou're using one, remains continuous.
Stitch through the loops of the next four bead using the same technique as in the previous steps, until all six beads are turned into place. At this point, your needle will be coming out of the left (ending) side of the rope.
Insert the needle into the center of the right (beginning) side of the rope. Push the needle out through the side of the rope, about 1/4 inch down the rope, being careful not to pass through any beads, only through loops of yarn.
Pull the yarn through.
To bury the yarn tails, insert the needle back into the center of the rope, continuing away from the joined ends, working in a back and forth pattern across the rope. Push the needle out through the side of the rope about four rows down, being careful not to pass through any beads, only through loops of yarn.
Pull the yarn through.
Repeat steps 13 and 14 several more times, until you've gone about halfway through the rope. Remove the needle, and thread it on the other yarn tail. Bury the thread tail as shown in steps 13 and 14.
Pull the tension very tight, and cut both yarn tails close to the rope with sharp scissors.
Congratulations, you have succesfully added a seamless join to a crochet rope!
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