Bead Crochet: How to cover a ball
Di Jolanda Violante
We learn step by step how to cover a crochet bead ball. Let's start!
- "Rocailles" beads from 11 to 9
- Wire n.30 DMC
- Crochet 0.75
- "Rocailles" beads from 15 to 18
- Sewing thread 50
- Crochet 0.60 or 0.50
The dimensions of the thread and the crochet hook are relative because they depend on the "hand" of each one, above I suggested the ones I prefer to use.
how to do
Fig.1 Insert the beads into the wire following the grid chosen from the top and from left to right (each row from left to right).
Fig.2 Work a chain of 6 stitches and close it in a circle.
Fig. 3 Point the crochet hook in the following chain, one thrown on the crochet hook with a pearl.
Fig. 4 Go through the chain forming a buttonhole on the crochet hook. One more throw on the crochet without bead.
Fig. 5 Switch between the two crochet buttonholes: in practice, it is a low knit with a bead.
Fig. 6 Continue working a low stitch with bead, as explained above, for each of the six basic chain stitches. This is the result after the first round of beads. Look closely at the small chain exactly under the white bead, immediately after the crochet, because it is right there and only there that you must point the crochet hook from now on.
Fig. 7 In the second round of beads you will have to work TWO low stitches, each with a bead, in a low base stitch, aiming the crochet hook in the underlying stitches as shown in the photo. This is the result after having worked the first two stitches in the first base stitch, seen from the side of the worker.
Fig. 8 These are the two links, naturally with beads, seen from the outside. Note how the two beads are positioned on the bead of the first round.
Fig.9 Continue always working two low stitches in one stitch from the first round for a total of 12 stitches and then 12 beads. This is the result.
Fig.10 The third row of beads: work a low stitch with a bead in the next base stitch and two low stitches with a bead in the following base stitch, 6 times. In total there are 18 beads as in the photo. This is the work seen from the outside after the third lap.
Fig.11 In the following round:
- a low stitch with a bead in the following basic stitch
- another low stitch with bead in the following base stitch,
- two low stitches with bead in the following base stitch, 6 times.
In total 24 beads
Continue like this according to the scheme by dividing the number of beads of each round by 6 and working an increase at the end of each group.
So the fourth round will be: 3 single low stitches with bead and two low stitches with bead in the same following basic stitch 6 times and so on.
When, from the diagram, you reach the end of the increases, work a low stitch with bead on each basic stitch without increases.
Decrease: work a low stitch with a bead by skipping a basic stitch.
Before starting the decreases, insert the wooden ball.
Example: if you are working with 36 stitches per round and the time has come to start decreasing, you will have to work 30 stitches, again with a bead, in the first round of decreases and then, skip a basic stitch and work 5 low stitches with bead in the following 5 basic stitches, 6 times.
The penultimate round will have 12 stitches and the last round will knit 6 stitches with bead like this: skip a basic stitch and then work a low stitch with bead, 6 times.
Your ball is done.
Tip: "pull" the exact number of beads from the thread each time you work a round so you are sure to work only that number of stitches; write down each turn you work on a piece of paper. Very useful when working laps without increases.