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« on: September 23, 2010 03:28:02 PM »

i really needed a (relatively) quick project to knock out to give me a psychological break from the monster, soul-sucking afghan i'm working on.

i was out shopping with my mom and saw this scarf in the store, but they wanted $30 for it! so i spent $8 and made my own.

it's blocking on a towel in that pic, and i still need to add fringe, but overall it's done.

here's theirs for reference... it looks more glittery in the picture than mine... but they really are the same. maybe my camera just sucks! Tongue

the sucky thing about doing the beads was i had to prestring them, about 500 at a time, but the cool thing was once they were on there i just crocheted like normal and it was so easy getting the beads in! i've already picked out another pattern to make my grandma a beaded scarf/shawl for christmas. this one's also a gift, but i kinda want to keep it. Wink

thanks for looking!

« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2010 03:43:07 PM »

Really pretty..I keep seeing the beaded crochet and want to try it but have yet to have the nerve to even start. Yours turned out really pretty though!! I have a few friends that would try to steal that one Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2010 05:18:31 PM »

that is beautiful, I love it!

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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2010 06:38:21 PM »

That's really pretty! I'll have to try crocheting with beads sometime Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2010 06:42:36 PM »

I love it and I'm gonna copy it!   Grin
the sucky thing about doing the beads was i had to prestring them, about 500 at a time, but the cool thing was once they were on there i just crocheted like normal and it was so easy getting the beads in!
A bead spinner makes pre-stringing the beads easier (but maybe you used one anyway...).   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2010 07:48:31 AM »

thanks guys!

here's a general pattern - if any of you want to attempt beading and crochet, it really is much less intimidating!

you'll need -
2 balls Aunt Lydia's metallic thread.
roughly 1000 3-4mm beads. specifically 968 beads; make sure the hole is large enough for the thread!!!
2.75 mm hook

i worked my scarf in two parts because i knew one ball wouldn't cover it all, and more than 550 beads becomes pretty unmanageable.

important abbreviations:
bead sequence: ch 5, [ch 1 with bead, ch 3] 7 times, ch 1 with bead, ch 5. in other words, you should have 8 beads (each themselves taking up 1 ch), separated by 3 ch each, with a ch 5 on each end.
shell: 2 dc, ch 1, 2dc all in same stitch
half shell: only used on ends, comprised of ch 3 (turning ch) plus 2 dc all in the same stitch, or 3 dc in the last stitch on a row

pre-string 450(ish) beads: you only need 440 but it's good NOT to come up short.
row 1: ch 8 (this will be for the half shell + shell in the next row), [bead sequence, ch 5] 10 times (ch 5 in between in each bead sequence; this will be a total number of 15 chs between beads in the first row only), end row with bead sequence + ch 8. you should now have 11 total groups of 8 beads each.
row 2: ch 3 (turning ch) + 2 dc in last st from previous row (half shell), sk next 4 st, shell in 5th st, [bead sequence, shell in the 8th/middle stitch of each 15 ch stretch] 10 times, end with last bead sequence, shell in 6th st from the end of the row, half shell in last st.
row 3: half shell in top of shell from previous row (ch 3 +dc 2), shell in ch-1 gap from shell in previous row, [bead sequence, shell in ch-1 gap from shell in previous row] 11 times, half-shell in last st (top of shell from previous row).
row 4-5: repeat row 3. at the end of row 5, you should be pretty much out of beads. tie off, and start the new ball of thread by pre-stringing 550 beads.
row 6-10: repeat row 3.
row 11: ch 1 (turning ch), sc in top of half-shell, ch 4, sc in top of shell, ch 2, [bead sequence, ch 2, sc in top of shell, ch 2] 11 times, end with another ch 2 and sc in the last stitch from the previous row (top of half-shell).

add fringe however you choose, and as a note - blocking does WONDERS, but TENSION is still important!!

if anything needs clarification, let me know!
thanks for the interest!
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2010 04:59:24 AM »

That's absolutely beautiful.

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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2013 09:45:49 AM »

Love this scarf - where did you purchase the beads? I've looked online everywhere I can think & they are so expensive.
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2013 12:17:30 PM »

Hi Karen,
I wondered too so I did some looking.  I can't tell exactly what type of bead is in the scarf but it looks like a Czech or Swarovski which would be pricey.   But maybe they are metallic lined seed beads?   I found some beads that might work for this scarf.  

The most economical place I could find for Czech beads was Firemountain.  Not sure about the size of the hole though and if they would do well with the thread or not...but they are pretty.   Smiley
a mass (1200 beads) of 3mm czech silver metallic beads

or vitrail (a rainbowy silvery color)

or a clear crystal with AB finish:


Some sort of metallic or crystal finish seed bead might work too and would have a larger hole to thread on to the crochet thread.   Size 6/0 is 4mm and size 8/0 is roughly 3mm in size.   Also more economical too.

These might work nicely, a rainbowy silvery 6/0 seed bead:

Fusion Beads also has some great size 6 seed beads in various colors:

So does Beadaholique:

Hope that helps!  If you make it, come back and show us.   Smiley

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