Spring your clean stash and make these cute crochet beads!

Published on April 7, 2021 By Karina Agustina 3 min read

Spring Themed Crochet Beads Bracelet

Do you have overflowing yarn stash? Or maybe a small amount of yarn you don’t know what to do with? Let’s use them to make some colorful crochet beads!

These colorful beads are wonderful toys for your kids, use them for color sorting games, lacing, counting, and even role playing! You could thread your beads to make pretty nursing necklaces or teething bracelets for your little ones. Or just make it for yourself, mix and match the colors to make your own fashion statement! 

Materials for Making Crochet Beads

Materials

Before we get started...

Abbreviations (US Crochet Terms)

Ch: Chain

SC: Single Crochet

Inc: Increase by crocheting 2 stitches in the same stitch

Dec: Decrease by crocheting 2 stitches together

Adjust the size of your hook according to your yarn, just like when you make an amigurumi. If your work get's too 'holey', you can downsize your hook. You might also want to fill your crochet beads with polyfill, or use wooden beads for extra structure and as we're making the beads in the round, a stitch marker might be useful!

Do invisible decrease

This is a trick used in making amigurumi so you'll have neater decrease rounds. To do this take the front loops of the next 2 stitches on your hook, yarn over and pull up a loop through those 2 loops. You'll have 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook.

How to Make Crochet Beads

How to make crochet beads

1

8 single crochet in a round

Ch 2, make 8SC in the 2nd ch from hook.

2

16 single crochet in a round

Inc in every stitch around.

3

ongoing crochet sphere

Depending on how big you'd want your beads to be, you can add more increase rows until you reach the desired circumference.

Just repeat this step:

[SC 1, inc] repeat around

[SC 2, inc] repeat around

[SC 3, inc] repeat around

And so on as needed

Once you get the desired size, SC in each st around. Repeat for 4-6 rounds.

4

crochet sphere covers most area of the bead

If you’re using wooden beads as filling, try to put your work on the bead, it should cover most area of the bead.

Pro Tip

Use your hook to keep the holes aligned.

5

decrease rounds

Start doing the decrease rounds, it's the exact opposite of your increase rounds.

For example: if your increase rounds were up to [SC 2, inc] repeat, your decrease round would be...

[SC 2, dec] repeat around

[SC 1, dec] repeat around

Dec around until you only have 8 stitches left.

Pro Tip

Use invisible decrease technique and place the filling inside as you go.

6

crochet bead with yarn tail unweaved

Cut yarn and fasten off.

7

weaving yarn tail

Thread the tail to a tapestry needle, weave the front loops from inside to outside. Pull tight to close the gap.

8

finished crochet bead

You're done!

What can I do with my beads?

Make a fashion statement!

Make a stunning one-of-a-kind fashion accessory! You can use the beads to make necklaces, bracelets, or even earrings! Mix and match colors and size to spice up your look.

Crochet beads necklace as fashion statement item

Baby Activities

The crochet beads offer funky textures and colors for baby to play with. Thread them into a teething bracelet to gnaw on, or turn it to a nursing necklace so those cute busy fingers can play and explore while nursing in your arms. The beads are great for jazzing up a pacifier strap too!

Just remember to give the knots extra measure since the beads can pose as choking hazard if it ever comes loose.

Toddler/ Kids Activity

  • Lacing

Lacing is a fantastic activity to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It will also help greatly in writing and drawing.

  • Color Sorting

Sorting activities help children identify similarities or differences among a set of objects and group them accordingly. It's great for cognitive development of a child, especially in color recognition!

  • Early Math Concept

Introducing counting and patterns would be easier with concrete objects to grasp and get ahold of.

  • Loose Part and Role Playing

Let your child’s imagination run wild as they play with the beads. It can be anything, from berry picking to balls for their dolls.

  • Throwing

Gather some cups and have fun throwing the beads into them. Make up some challenges that even adults can enjoy!

  • Get crafty

Let your kids use the bead in a fun crafting time. A keychain, garland, or a simple decoration would be a nice addition to their room!

 baby play with crochet beads Baby play with crochet teething bracelet

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About the author

Karina Agustina

Full-time mom to 3 beautiful angels, make-time designer @missbananacrafts and children book author @the.oskarina. To her, creative making is life. Whether it's crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, writing, to baking, she enjoys them all! With the girls as her inspirations and models, she'll bring fun and easy projects to do in your home, with or for your kids!

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