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Bonds of Love | Bead Crochet Rope & Right Angle Weave Strips

by Chez Mathieson | April 24, 2017
Bonds of Love | Bead Crochet Rope & Right Angle Weave Strips

Hi it's Chez here and today I would like to show you how to make this beautiful bead crochet rope necklace where I use the right angle weave technique.  I have called it "Bonds of Love" - meaning the bonds shared by mothers and daughters.....


Glass Seed Bead Hank : JB1801

Glass Seed Bead Hank : JB156

Glass Seed Bead Hank : JB1795

Perle Cotton 8

1.75mm Crochet Hook

Nylon and Needles


The longest part of this piece is the threading. With bead crochet you have to thread all the beads you want to use onto the thread first. 

You thread on in pattern. Here I am using 6 beads in 3 colours. Thread them on in sets of 3 beads, lets’ call them A B and C. You thread up 1A 1B 1C 1A 1B 1C, this is one row.  Continue to thread up using the above pattern till you have several metres of strung thread, I have used about half the strand of each colour.

I use a 1.75mm crochet hook. I leave a long tail and do my first stitch with the hook and just the working thread to secure the start. Do 6 chain with a bead in each chain.

Above is the first bead in the chain of six.

Here is what it should look like with 2 beads on.

Here is the first row completed. With the next row, this first row of beads will change direction as you add the second row. This is the case with the bead crochet.

The next row it where all the fun begins. 

Here are the steps to getting this right. Place the hook between the bead and the thread, as shown above.

You need to flick the bead back over the hook so you have two threads showing. You will notice that the next bead to use is the same colour as the bead you have just placed on the hook.

In the above image the second bead has been attached to the rope. This you do by pulling the thread from behind the new bead and slip it through the two threads you already have on your hook.

You continue in the same way as explained above. With this method you get a spiral of the three colours twice in this rope.

Here you see a few rows and the spiral is there. You also see the threaded beads that will form more of the rope.

There is no step up as in other forms crocheting. You will use all the beads you threaded on to make the crochet rope.

Here you see the rope completed. I take the working thread and place it in side and through the last stitch to form a knot to secure the end. I like to finish off the threads now.

I use a large blunt needle to stitch it into the thread of the rope. This needle will not fit through the holes in the beads. So only go into the thread on this rope. Now the ends are complete it is time to do the other stitch in this design, RAW.

RAW right angle weave. It is a great stitch and makes this design sing.

You thread up a beading needle and nylon, and you placed the thread at one end of the crochet rope. (The last beads that were placed on the rope will be facing in the first position while the rest of the rope beads are in the flicked position.)

The above image shows the start and how the bead holes are facing. I have stitched in three beads on the rope. (I always think of raw as the sides of a box, they all have four sides.) There are three more beads ready to go into the top bead of your first raw segment. The thread is at the top so you can make a chain of raw. We will be making three rows for each side of the rope. I have made these raw chains twenty bead sets long.

After you have completed the first strip of raw, thread back through the first strip to get to the crochet rope. Miss the next bead on the rope and go into the next bead to start the next strip. Here the second strip is in blue.

Here is the completed second strip of raw. From the above image you can see that I have started to join the strips. I stitch through the bead that sit right next to each other on the second strip. I use the thread path that is established to stitch all the right and left beads together, till they are joined. This is shown in the image below. Here the two strips are joined and the third strip is underway.

When the next strip is complete, you will stitch all the outer beads from the two completed to the third strip.

This will give a triangular shape when the three strips of raw are connected. This above image shows work in progress working back toward the rope. Once you have completed this side, it is time to do the same thing on the other side of the rope.

One last step to go now….

It is raw and we will be repeating the raw strip in different lengths and connecting the two sides of the neckwear together. 

In this case I have used the red as the middle strip. You work this strip to a length that you like, and to clear you head and then some, you need to add an inner row. There is no clasp/closure in this neckwear.

The above image shows how to join in pattern with raw. The thread exists out of the top bead and you pick up one bead and stitch through the bead on the raw strip that is facing you. Pick up one bead and go back through the top bead on your single strip.

The above image has the inner and the middle single strips joined to the raw strips. The last one you can make as long as you like, but it has to be longer than the red single strip. (At this stage the neckwear should easily sip over your head with the inner strip in place.)

As you can tell from the above image is the distance between the single strips are even. Your neckwear is complete…. 

Flat out like this, it measures 43cm.

One of the main reasons that I love these stitches together is the flexibility that you get.




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