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How to Crochet Bullion Stitch

Moira has been crocheting since she was 14 years old. She loves experimenting with small crochet projects.

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The bullion stitch is intimidating. How do you get pass through all 10 loops?

For a long time I avoided this stitch thinking its only for the pros.

However, the time came when I wanted to expand my repertoire of crochet stitches. I was already bored with sc's and dc's so I gave bullion a try using plarn.

After an hour, SUCCESS!

How I Learned to Bullion

To learn how to crochet the bullion stitch, I began with 2 wraps on hook, then three, four, five, six, seven, until I could do the eight wraps.

Using crochet thread, I can bullion up to twelve wraps. But with yarn, I'm slow and I can do until eight wraps only.

Table of Contents:

  • What is a Bullion Stitch?
  • Photo Gallery: Bullion Stitches in Free Form Crochet
  • What Makes it Difficult - Decoding the Requirements in Learning the Bullion Stitch
  • Video: Crochet the Bullion with Help
  • The Hidden Instructions in Crocheting Bullions
  • Photo Gallery: Crochet Patterns with Bullion Stitches


What is a Bullion Stitch?

The bullion stitch is created by wrapping the yarn many times on the hook and then passing the hook through ALL the loops.

The height of the stitch can be varied depending on the number of wraps and is secured by an elongated chain.

This results into an interesting stitch that looks like rope wrapped around a post.

This stitch can be used to create monograms and textured patterns if used sparingly with basic stitches such as an sc. When used throughout, the result is a crochet fabric that does not seem crocheted.

The bullion stitch creates bold patterns which makes it a favorite among freeform crochet artist.


What Makes it Difficult - Decoding the Requirements in Learning the Bullion Stitch

There are three reasons why one could be unsuccessful in crocheting the bullion stitch.

  1. The way the hook is held
  2. The yarn used
  3. Pressure/ tension while crocheting

The bullion stitch requires us to hold the hook in the pencil grip method because you'll be needing your middle finger a lot - both middle fingers, the left and the right.

As for yarn, when you are still learning to bullion, DO NOT USE YARN. Why? Yarn thins when it stretches which makes the wraps tight at some point and loose at other points. When a wrap is too tight, the hook will not pull through. Moreover, when the tension of the wraps are not uniform (some loose while others are tight), the resulting bullion stitch is sloppy.

Therefore, its best to USE CROCHET COTTON THREAD (or something similar to it) when learning to crochet bullions because it does not thin when stretched. You can go back to yarn if you're comfortable with crochet thread.

Another consideration when crocheting bullion stitches is pressure/ tension. Applying the least amount of pressure while crocheting bullions will ensure success in passing the hook in all those loops. Especially with yarns, you should just touch the yarn and not press it when passing the hook into all those loops.

As a recap, here are the requirements for learning to crochet the bullion:

  1. Pencil grip method of holding the hook
  2. Use crochet thread for practice
  3. Least pressure/ tension when crocheting


The Hidden Instructions in Crocheting Bullions

This is the most common instruction for a bullion stitch:

Y o 8x, insert hook, y o, pull through ALL 10 LOOPS on hook, ch 1.

There are a lot of hidden instructions here. Good thing I figured out most of them. These instructions are for right-handed crocheters only, as I am right-handed myself.

  1. Y o 8x or wrap yarn 8x around hook.
  2. (Hidden) Pull the wraps to the widest part of the hook.
  3. (Hidden) Use RIGHT middle finger in pressing the wraps lightly onto the hook to keep the size of the wraps uniform as the hook slides down when inserted.
  4. Insert hook.
  5. Y o.
  6. (Hidden) Pull ALL the loops to the widest part of the hook again.
  7. (Hidden) If you use yarn, you need to arrange the wraps by ROLLING IT COUNTERCLOCKWISE so it will have uniform size and tension. Use your LEFT middle finger and thumb: thumb pushes downward while middle finger pushes upward.
  8. (Hidden) Use LEFT middle finger and thumb to press lightly on the wraps as you pull through all 10 loops on hook.
  9. Ch 1 to lock/ secure the height of the bullion stitch.

Bullion stitch complete! Now all you have to do is PRACTICE.


Here's a video demonstration of what I mean

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Giving the Bullion Stitch a Try?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Moira Durano-Abesmo

I LOVE Comments!

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on July 27, 2020:

Hello Angelica! This article used to have a video. I'll try to recover the video and upload it in YouTube so you can see it.

Angélica López on July 14, 2020:

I liked Bullion Stitch is very pretty. I will like to make how can I see the tutorial video? Thanks I like crochet.

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on January 07, 2017:

The foundation stitch was no longer included in the instruction. The foundation could be any stitch like chains or a row of sc's or dc's. Take your pick.

;-)

Katt556@yahoo.com d on June 29, 2015:

I really loved your tutorial,ireally needed it but have one question what forms the foundation line? I tend to miss the simple so please help.

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 04, 2012:

Thanks Bheng for leaving a comment! I'm glad you found the instructions clear. ",)

handmadebybheng from Cubao , Quezon City on September 03, 2012:

Very nice tutorial.. the instructions are clear too :) It has been very intimidating at first :) thank you for sharing this :)

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 02, 2012:

Go for it, Gerry! Thanks for leaving a comment!

gerykho on September 02, 2012:

ah, so that's it! thanks so much, moira! i use to pull the loops one and one and ended up with crooked bullion stitch. yes, i will practice again!

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 02, 2012:

Thanks Mimi! I did my best to make this video as helpful as possible because I don't like badly made videos too.

mimi on September 01, 2012:

I love your video Moira, very useful! I seldom watch tutorials if I don't know if it would help, since many videos out there are so badly made...

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on August 31, 2012:

Thank you, KrisL!

I realized most oIf these tips while doing the video. I don't work with yarn that much and at first, I couldn't figure out why it was so hard to bullion with yarn. After a few hours of practice, I finally realized what was wrong and I made sure I included that in the hub.

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on August 31, 2012:

Thank you, Patrice! It really is easy with crochet cotton thread. I can do it while watching TV. But yarn is a VERY different story.

KrisL from S. Florida on August 31, 2012:

I too taught myself the bullion stitch with much trial and error, but you have some advice that goes beyond mind . . . especially that counter-clockwise twist. You present it so clearly too, in both video & writing. Voted Awesome!

PWalker281 on August 31, 2012:

You make doing the bullion stitch look really easy, Moira :-). I struggled with it for a long time, too, before I finally mastered it. And I do it using the "knife" hold, although your pencil hold has a lot of advantages. The bullion stitch plays a big roll in my freeform crochet.

Great instructions and video! Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared.

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on August 31, 2012:

Thank you! I am hoping others would feel the same way about the video. ",)

RTalloni on August 30, 2012:

Your video gives very clear instructions--thanks! Also for the tips and the examples in the photos. Your bullion stitch coin purse is really nice!

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