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How to Crochet a Necklace With Beads

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Examples of Crocheted Necklaces

This is a tightly chained crocheted neclace with brown cording and turquoise nuggets.  The clasp is a loop and a larger nugget goes into it.

This is a tightly chained crocheted neclace with brown cording and turquoise nuggets. The clasp is a loop and a larger nugget goes into it.

These are pretty glass faux pearls in an olive green color.  This chain is made from thin cotton thread, not as thick as the cording.  I used a glass flower and loop for the clasp.

These are pretty glass faux pearls in an olive green color. This chain is made from thin cotton thread, not as thick as the cording. I used a glass flower and loop for the clasp.

Crochet With Beads

Creating crocheted necklaces with beads is something I thought I could never do. The first time I saw a beaded crochet necklace was at a craftshow. I was in awe of both their simplicity and complexity. The small dainty beads on a tiny crocheted cord that appeared to have taken hours to make, had a natural beauty that I found very appealing. I couldn't imagine stringing each bead as I crocheted; that would take a lot of time and patience.

Then I saw them at a quaint gift shop in Nagshead, and again at a hotel gift shop. They were sold in short choker-length styles as well as lengthy chains that could be looped around the neck a couple of times or wrapped around the wrist several times. They were strung with crystals, large seed beads, or gemstones. Each time I would see them, I would carefully observe the different styles and unique clasps, considering what I would want to do if I ever learned to make one.

Making A Beaded Crochet Necklace Is Easy

After trial and error, I was completely surprised to find that crocheting with beads was actually much easier and much faster than I ever could have imagined.

If you already know how to crochet, then making a crocheted necklace is just moments away. If you do not, you will need to practice making a chain, which is the first step in crochet. After you get comfortable with that, you will be ready to go! Tips for making a crochet necklace chain are below, along with a video that shows how to make a crochet chain.

How to Crochet a Chain

First Learn to Crochet a Chain

Watch the accompanying video to learn how to make a chain. You will want to practice this a bit before you begin your first crochet necklace with beads. In the video, yarn and a larger needle are used, which will make it easier for you to see. In the video, the instructor tells you to keep the chains loose, which would be perfect if you were crocheting a blanket, sweater or scarf. For necklaces, you will do the opposite. With each stitch, you will pull the thread closed, so that there are no gaps. Once you have mastered this step, follow the directions below to create your first crochet necklace with beads.

This crocheted necklace has larger glass beas and small silver glass beads.   The shell button is used as the clasp and goes through a loop.

This crocheted necklace has larger glass beas and small silver glass beads. The shell button is used as the clasp and goes through a loop.

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Materials You Will Need to Make a Crochet Necklace With Beads

  • small crochet hook - A small hook is necessary for the thin thread or cording you will be using. At first it may seem uncomfortable, but with practice, it becomes natural in your hands and easy to use.
  • beads - When choosing beads for a crochet necklace, the main thing to consider is the size of the hole in the bead. Be sure the bead you choose will fit easily onto the thread or cord. If using cotton threading, a bead threading needle may be used. If using cording, the end can be coated with a hardening substance such as glue or nail polish; this will enable you to slide the beads on more easily.
  • jewelry threading glue - I always use a dab of this glue on the finished knots of my necklace. It will eventually come apart, if you do not. I have learned this the hard way. This tube of glue has a fine tube-shaped dispenser, allowing you to place glue on the exact spot where you want it. It will harden the material, so it is important to use it sparsely. I try to pull my knots through beads if possible, then place the glue inside the bead.
  • scissors - A pair of scissors is needed to cut the cotton thread or nylon cord, once you have completed your crochet necklace.
  • cotton thread or cording - I love the Cebelia crochet cotton pictured here from Amazon. It is just the right thickness and although it is not as sturdy as cotton, it has a firmness unlike sewing thread. This natural color also has a beautiful effect next to all types of beads. The nylon cord is my favorite because of its texture and it has a lovely sheen to it. However, you are limited in your choice of beads, as most beads will not fit onto this type of cord, because of its thickness.

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Pinterest Board of Crocheted Jewelry

  • Crochet Necklaces With Beads
    Here is a board I created with pins of beautifully crafted crochet necklaces. Take a look and let the inspiration begin!

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Instructions for Making a Crochet Necklace With Beads

Step 1 - Gather all materials. Begin stringing beads onto cord, and continue until all beads are strung.

Step 2 - Loop end of cord around crochet hook to create a knot. Chain 5 times.

Step 3 - Pull a bead towards the hook, as close as possible. Chain stitch aroung the bead so that bead is pulled into the chain. Chain 3 times.

Step 4 - Repeat step 3 until desired length of necklace is achieved. Chain 10+ times (depending on size of clasp). Pull end towards last bead and slip stitch in loop of bead.

Step 5 - Cut thread 5 inches from slip stitch. Tie knot and pull thread through bead if possible.

Step 6 - Place dab of glue inside last bead on both ends of bead or directly on knot.

Step 7 - Place thread through clasp bead. Pull thread around to bottom of bead and loop around base, tying a knot. Pull end of thread back through bead if possible.

Step 8 - Place dab of glue inside clasp bead on both ends of bead or directly on knot.

Step 9 - Wait 10 minutes until dry, then clip thread ends from beads.

Step 10 - Gently stretch necklace to remove any kinks and to shape necklace.


Stacey on April 05, 2020:

Can you show how to do the starting knot

Corinn on February 29, 2020:

I am a basic beginner and am dying to make a crochet neclace with beads. Ive written all instructions and materials down. Dont understand how to make the loop and other finished end. Can you recommend a basic crochet beading book or tutorial to watch?

Keneisha from South Florida on December 11, 2018:

The green one is so beautiful. I might actually try it one day.

Audrey Surma (author) from Virginia on November 19, 2018:

Susan, thank you for sharing your positive feedback for this hub! I hope you will give it a try and make something beautiful! If you can make a chain, you can bead a necklace. It takes a good 20 - 30 minutes to make a beaded necklace so take your time and don't feel like you have to get it all done in one sitting. Have fun!

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on November 19, 2018:

This is a terrific hub. I am loving the instructions and details. I tried to follow directions in a craft book many years ago and made a mess. I gave up the idea of ever being able to make a crocheted necklace. After reading this hub I think I will give it a try again.

Gina on December 07, 2015:

The necklaces are beautiful.

Could you please let me know which type/brand/size nylon cord you use?

You mention Cebelia crochet cotton but I do not think that is nylon..


Jacobb9205 on February 10, 2015:

Thank you for the tutorial! Thumbs up and rated useful!

Audrey Surma (author) from Virginia on August 19, 2014:

Ibidii I am so glad you found my hub helpful. I was very happy to find out how much easier it was to make a crocheted necklace than what I had previously thought. You will be surprised too. Best wishes!

Ibidii on August 18, 2014:

This is a great tutorial! It is exactly what I was looking for! I am starting to make jewelry this year for gifts and I had seen others have these necklaces. I cannot wait to start! Thank you Rosie!

Donna Campbell Smith from Central North Carolina on August 18, 2013:

That DOES look easy. I have all the stuff to do this. Thanks!

Audrey Surma (author) from Virginia on August 18, 2013:

Thanks Barbara Kay! I really enjoy making these necklaces. It only takes about 20-30 minutes to complete one necklace. I hope your crochet group will find this hub useful.

Barbara Badder from USA on August 18, 2013:

I shared the link with my crochet group. I hope it brings lots of traffic your way. I love the pattern.

twig22bend on April 01, 2013:

This I must try to do. Put on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing. Pics and instructions are very helpful.

Audrey Surma (author) from Virginia on March 31, 2013:

Liesl, thanks for reading. I had crocheted for years too before discovering this and now I can't stop. Take care.

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on March 31, 2013:

What a useful and interesting hub Rosie writes, I love to crochet but never thought of crocheting beads like these. Thank you for sharing I might have a go.

twig22bend on January 27, 2013:

I really want to learn how to crochet beads. I just love the look.

Audrey Surma (author) from Virginia on January 27, 2013:

Thanks Suzie HQ! I have been looking for some new beads as I want to make a long crochet necklace that I can loop around my neck several times. Like you, I love turquoise as well. I am certain you will be happily surprised at how easy this is - have fun!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on January 27, 2013:

This a fantastic idea and tutorial! I love making jewelry and actually have turquoise beads identical to your pic, left over from numerous projects. I love turquoise!! I have not crocheted in years but do remember the chain (I think!!) but will be giving this a go! Great layout, pics and info - VU, Useful, Interesting, Awesome, sharing and pinned!!!

Deltachord from United States on January 22, 2013:

You're welcome.

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on January 22, 2013:

I love to crochet, this will be nice to try. I really love that green neckless. Thank you for sharing your personal experience and directions. I think my daughter may try it too. Could make some gifts leading up to Christmas now. I like that the thread you use is very economical too. Wonderful hub!

Audrey Surma (author) from Virginia on January 22, 2013:

Thanks for taking a look at my article! Starstream, I you said it just right - the texture is attractive on a crocheted necklace. Mary, I've never tried the wire crochet, but they are so pretty -may have to look into it. Deltachord, I agree that this is a great beginner project. Thanks for linking my hub to yours!

Deltachord from United States on January 22, 2013:

This is interesting and something for a beginner to create and enjoy the feel of creating something new. I've been invited to a crocheting group and went once, but haven't started crocheting yet.

Thanks for this idea. I'm going to link this Hub at my art blog.

Mary Roark from Boise area, Idaho on January 21, 2013:

I have done crochet wire necklaces. I love making them, however, I like the final look and flow of these much more. I don't know why I never thought of using crochet thread before. I love your information and instructions for these beautiful necklaces and very much look forward to making these.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on January 21, 2013:

Thanks for writing this interesting hub. I haven't ever made a crochet beaded necklace or bracelet. They are attractive. I like the texture of the crochet along with the various beads. I will link your hub to my beaded jewelry making hub.

Audrey Surma (author) from Virginia on January 21, 2013:

Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you all get a chance to make a crocheted necklace with beads. You will be glad you did. Let me know how it turns out - I would love to hear.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on January 21, 2013:

Wonderful hub. The instructions and pictures are clear and concise. I've been thinking about trying this for a while. I believe you instructions have made it so much easier. Thanks so much. Up, useful, interesting, and awesome.

nylarej from Ph on January 21, 2013:

Great hub! I have been following arts and crafts lately and one day I'll sit down and do all these things. I'll for sure follow your steps too on pinterest. Thanks!

Claudia Porter on January 21, 2013:

I am so glad you did this hub. I love the look of these necklaces and would love to try one. Now I can. Let's just hope I can figure out how to crochet. Up, useful, awesome and shared. Thanks for this hub!

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