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Slash - Crochet Bead Tutorial

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Slash - Crochet Bead Tutorial

Designed by: Natalia Slipchenko

Difficulty: Intermediate

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We invite you to a jewellery making course in which Natalia Slipchenko will help you to master the 'slash' technique. Natalia has prepared for you a course for crochet bead cord from which you can conjure up an effective bracelet or necklace. From this tutorial you will also learn how a regular cord differs from a slash and what mistakes should be avoided during creation. 

Why do I love the slash and not the usual crochet string? Because the slash gives you more options in choosing the designs and thickness of the necklace. The slash cord has no width restrictions and can be processed from just 6 beads in a row. How to distinguish between a plain string and a slash? Very easy after the beads are arranged. In the ordinary rope they are arranged horizontally, and in the slash they are angled right (left-handed inversely). You can see this example below. 

For people who have never held crochet in their hands, it is better to start with exercises without beads and with a thicker yarn. When the movements are automatic and the crochet hook stops falling out of your hand, you can safely start the adventure with a slash :).
Especially for this course I created a simple geometric scheme in which it will be easier to notice mistakes when making a string. For beginners, a rope of one color is not easier, because there are almost no errors on it. Also, I want to draw your attention to the thickness of the first cord, it is best to start with patterns 15-18 beads in a row. They have a fairly large diameter, so hammering under the crochet is more convenient.

Let's Start! We will need;

TOHO Seed Beads - 11/0 (you need beads of selected colours) For me, I have chosen: Brown Opaque / Oxblood, Cream Inside-Color Rainbow Crystal / Creme Lined & Blue Silver-Lined Milky / Aqua. (We will come out a string of 15 beads in a row about 36cm long without fastening).

Cord - for sewing leather and jeans with a thickness of "30" - eg Waist 30, or a twist with a thickness of not less than 100m / 10gr such as Yarn Art Canarias. It is much easier to crochet on a light thread than on a dark one. Thicker/Darker cords do not suit (unless you work with Toho 8/0's), they will shine through the beads and spoil the whole look of our work.

Crochet Hooks - in sizes from 0.6mm to 1.0mm. The choice of crochet hook is up to you and depends on how accurately you knit. If you don't have any, you can start from 0.75mm.

Jewelry needle - for threading beads. I love the Big Eye needle, it's amazing! 

End Cap - 9 or 10mm hole. 

Jewellery Clasp

Jump Rings 

Jewellery glue - for the bead cords, the glue must be really strong, dense and transparent. From my own experience I can recommend UHU Super Glue gel transparent or Poxipol type two-component epoxy adhesive.

Remember that both the colours and pattern presented in the tutorial are just our suggestions. Your necklace or bracelet may look completely different :).

Step 1

We start work with the pattern. Patterns like this can be created on the CrochetBeadPaint online site, they have 3 language versions (Russian, English, German). We are interested in the number of beads in a row, the number of rows in a sequence and the number of colours. Click here for the pattern.

Let's count how many sequences we need to thread to have a necklace of the required length. The sequence consists of 13 rows, i.e. about 2.1cm (6 rows = 1cm using TOHO Size 11/0 beads). If we want to get a 36cm long piece 36/2.1 = 17.14 sequence (we round it to 17).



Step 2

Take out the beads from the packs in all 3 colours and place them next to eachother on your bead mat. Thread the cord through the needle without cutting the thread from the bobbin, we will need about 60m of thread for the entire necklace. Now we go from the left side of the diagram to the right, from top to bottom according to the pink arrows. We do not thread the white boxes, they are empty cells on the pattern.

1 cor. cream

4 cor. brown

1 cor. cream

2 beads brown

1 cor. cream

2 beads brown

1 cor. cream

3 beads brown

1 cor. cream ... and so on to the end of the diagram.

We repeat the entire sequence as many times as we calculated earlier. Some people like to speak the sequence into a recorder and thread it without looking at the card.

Threading the beads, drag them as far as possible to the ball. After a few good hours, the threading is done. We have 17 full sequences on the thread.

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You can start in different ways but for me the magic loop works best.

1. We put the end of the thread on the index finger of the left hand and wrap it once. Hold the bobbin thread (main) with your middle finger.

2. We crochet under the thread before the cross from the thread on the finger and catch the main thread, which we hold with our finger.

3. Pull to each other and take the thread again

4. We pull through the crochet eye and pull.

Click here for video instructions on this. 

Step 4

Or you can make a chain and close it in a circle with a single stitch.

Now we return to the diagram and carefully check how many beads we have in a row - 15. We make 15 half-bars inside our magic circle. Half-pillar - is the basis for making a slash.

1. Insert a crochet hook under 2 threads that form a circle, take the thread so that the second crochet is formed.

2. Take the crochet thread again and pull it through both crochet stitches.

You must practice these activities until you learn to do them with your eyes closed. We're starting now. You already have 15 stitches on your magic circle, now we pull the thread end to reduce our circle. Ready!

We close our circle with a single stitch (we knit the first stitch under two threads, we catch the thread and thread through all the crochet stitches).

Click here for video instructions on this section. 

Step 5

Count the eyes a few more times. I'll show you what to count with the colours below.

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We work the next centimeter or one and a half with bars. Toho beads are nicer if you insert a crochet hook under 2 threads (those I marked earlier). Eye by eye, spirally, that is, we do not have the beginning and end of the row at the moment. If you have the feeling that you are still reluctant, keep doing it. We finish when we see that our tube has the same diameter over the last centimeter, because in 90% of cases it will narrow. The long "sleeves" from the threads can be simply cut off later.
And now we start a real slash with beads. We work the same way as before, only at some point we add a bead. We count 15 beads (exactly as many as you have in the row according to the scheme) and move them on the threads closer to the crochet. We repeat all activities regarding the half-bar.
1. Insert a crochet hook under 2 threads of the previous row.
2. Give one bead as close as possible to our cord.
3. Take the thread behind the first bead.
4. We have 2 crochet stitches. We catch the thread and pull through 2 crochet stitches.
You do not need to arrange the bead in a special way, it will arrange itself correctly. I encourage you to remember this simple formula for the "Bead, Thread and 2 Eyelets" pillar, repeat during crocheting so you don't get mixed up.
First row finished. We move to the next 15 beads. This is the last time we count the number of beads for the whole row. This will help you get started with the pattern correctly. Please pay special attention to the place where we knit our crochet hook, starting the second row. We need an eye to the left of the first bead.

Click here for video instructions on this section. 

Step 7

Then work with half-stitches all the time (put the bead, pull out the thread, pull through 2 crochet stitches). Remember "Bead, Thread and 2 Eyelets"

And all the time you have to watch the pattern, at first in every row, then every other, etc. If you notice that you have a pattern shift somewhere, we go back to this place and check what the error is.

Step 8

FAQ. The most common errors with a slash:

1. The beads are arranged unevenly, along with this it is difficult to stick under the eyes of the previous row. - The beads are too tight. Thicker crochet is supposed to improve this.

2. Again, the beads are unevenly arranged. - Check if you are driving under 2 threads.

3. Very visible thread between the beads. - If the thread is the correct thickness, then you need to change the crochet hook to thinner.

4. The pattern split up. - This can happen for several reasons, a mistake when threading, bypassing one stitch, knitting 2 half-stitches to the same stitch, two beads instead of one or two stitched ones without a bead.

I must also warn you that the beginning of the cord at a beginners stage won't look perfect. Even for people who have experience, this sometimes happens. The first 5cm may be too loose, and then the cord narrows. If the formula is OK in this case, then you have finally come to your average accuracy. You have to remember how much this feeling can be and when you next work, start from this exactness. And if someone is a perfectionist, like me, then go back to the first row and start from the beginning to have a perfect even string. It is also perfect when you stick under the eye without using unnecessary force. Crochet should move smoothly and not bend under pressure, and the fingers should not get tired.

Now about the elasticity of the cord. There is no rule, it just depends on who likes what. I know from experience that it is best to have up to 20 beads in a row, then we do not need to fill the cord from the inside. After that, there is no point comparing an ordinary string to a slash, the slash is not used to tie knots and should not be too soft. When do we fill the rope? When, after arranging in a circle, we notice bends on the surface of the string.

In the meantime, we have already processed all the strung beads. I hope you did it! At this stage we have such a beautiful slash about 36cm long. A choker can be worn classically around the neck, but also double wrapped around the wrist like a bracelet. 

We finish it with several rows without beads, we work the half-pillars to the length that suits us. We do not make the sleeve too long, 1cm is enough. We cut the thread and pull it through the crochet eye, pull it tightly.

Step 9

To finish the rope we will need a magnetic clasp/or end caps and glue. Note - if you are using end caps you will still need jump rings and a clasp. 

We will apply glue to the sleeve with thread and a row of beads. Do it quickly, but be careful not to add too much glue. We do this with one part of the fastener. We put the end of the cord into the tip (you can also use a toothpick or tweezers). If a drop of glue flows out somewhere, we remove it as soon as possible with a tissue. Repeat with the other end of the cord and leave it to dry for some time (depends on the type of glue).

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Congratulations! You have your first string with a slash! I'm sorry, I forgot to say at the beginning that the slash is very addictive ;).

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