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Bead Stitch Cowl Pattern

I just discovered the Bead stitch and I'm in love! I decided to try it out making a small cowl, and I absolutely adore the final product. So I decided to write up a pattern! Grab a hook and some yarn and give this fantastic stitch a go :)

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You will need:

  • 4mm (G) crochet hook

  • Light weight yarn (3) - I used Caron Cupcakes in Mango Tango

Alternatively, you can use a larger hook with worsted weight yarn (for example, 5mm or 5.5 with Caron Cakes or Red Heart Super Saver)

(The Bead stitch is actually pretty easy. It also chews up your yarn so if you're in need of a stash busting pattern, I recommend anything with this gorgeous stitch!)

For those new to the bead stitch, I have provided a tutorial via The Crochet Crowd:

Let's get crocheting!

Make a foundation sc chain in groups of THREE. (3, 6, 9, 12, 15...and so on...) Make sure the chain isn't twisted and slip stitch to join. For my cowl, I made a foundation chain of 114.

(If you don't know how to make a foundation sc chain, no worries, you can simply chain the length you'd like, join, and sc in each stitch. Just make sure it's in groups of three.)

Row 1: Chain 3, 1 bead stitch in the same stitch. Chain 1, skip 2 stitches, 1 bead stitch in the next stitch. Chain 1, skip 2 stitches, 1 bead stitch in the next stitch. Repeat around, slip stitch to join to the first bead stitch. (for my cowl, there were 38 bead stitches).

Row 2 - 10: Chain 3, 1 bead in the space between the bead stitches of the previous row. In other words, made a dc in the space, then complete the bead stitch. Chain 1, 1 bead stitch in the next space. Chain 1, 1 bead stitch in the next space, Repeat around, slip stitch to the first bead stitch to join. (38 bead stitches).

Row 11: Chain 1, 1sc in each bead stitch and space between the bead stitches. Repeat around, slip stitch to the first sc to join.

Row 12: Chain 1, 1sc in the same stitch and each sc around. Slip stitch to the first sc to join. Fasten off, weave in ends.

Aaaaand there you have it! A beautiful, stylish cowl with texture that pops and will make you the envy of everyone this Winter. I hope you like this pattern, and please share your work if you make one!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

If you have any critiques or questions, please leave me a message below or send me an email! All (constructive) feedback is welcome and I'd be very grateful for any suggestions.

If you make one, please share it online and credit Slipstitch Hollow & provide a link to or my Instagram @ slipstitch_hollow.

You may NOT sell the pattern, share or distribute it in any form, repost it online, or alter it to claim it as your own. Please do NOT sell any beanies that you make.

Happy Crocheting!

Stephanie xxx

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