I've been trying for months to crochet a beaded bead or beaded ball. All over the house are strings of beads with misshapen blobs at the end. I just couldn't get it right. This week I came across a YouTube video by Erika Vondrak, Beaded Ball Tutorial Crochet with English subtitles and realised what I was doing wrong. When I crochet beaded rope, I use slip stitch, put the bead in place and pull the thread through in one movement. But that doesn't work for the beaded ball: you have to use a double crochet stitch (UK terms, single crochet in American terms). Put the bead in place and then pull the thread through twice. Aha.
The pattern I had didn't seem quite right, so I went back to my amigurumi pattern book and used the pattern for a frog's head! It worked. Nearly. Amazingly, it was the right size for the deodorant ball I've been saving:
My first attempt was a bit skimpy at the top:
This ball is a bit big for jewelry, but it could work as a Christmas tree decoration perhaps. In any case, now I have the answer I can move forward!
O, what a ball! Excellent 💕👍💕ReplyDelete
You have the patience of a saint and I applaud you. I would have given up.ReplyDelete
Ooooooh! Well done! I love the concept and the execution! I see many happy people in your future.ReplyDelete
I love that beaded ball. I have done many a crochet bag but not a ball. well done.ReplyDelete
Well done, love the beaded ball never seen anything like that,ReplyDelete