Good Sunday morning, Crafties.
When I was little, I remember my granny having (and making) these beautiful crochet cup covers replete with dangling beads, to keep things out of her tea cups and to cover food with when it sat on the table Christmas day (south African summer Christmas called for it)
I’ve been toying with the idea of making my own for a while—my gran’s one’s long since gone (goodness knows where)
Luckily for me (and much like my gran) I’m a hoarder (when it comes to craft supplies at least) when I find something at a good price I buy it and put it away, I always find a use for my stash.
In my stash I have heaps of seed beads. I’ve had them for years and ever so often I find a project that calls for them. Recently I bought some pretty pink faux-crystal beads and some plastic round beads. These made me get serious about my beaded cup cover.
This post is not a pattern. It’s a basic break down on how I did it. So if you want to give it a go, you will have to create your own pattern as you go. I will give you the basics and that is more than enough to work from.
What you will need:
A basic idea of crocheting.
Seed Beads (Colors of your choice)
Little crystal like beads
Round plastic beads
A small tapestry needle
A needle threader (This is optional but really helps with threading the crochet cotton through the tapestry needle)
Tulle fabric (color of your choice)
Crochet hook 1.9mm (size 5 in US sizing)
Prepping the Tulle:
- Start by folding your tulle in half so you are working on two layers of tulle
- Take the size of cup you want to work with and put it upside down on the tulle.
- Draw around the cup with a pencil (the softer the better) then go 1cm further and draw another circle.
- Use three long pins to pin the two pieces of tulle together before you start cutting
- Carefully cut around the circle
- Keep the pins in place for the mean time.
Time to start crocheting:
- chart from here
- I learned to crochet using the UK names for stitches so I’ve added this here for those of you who call the stitches something else.
- I used dc all around the first row (sc US) working neatly and evenly so that none of the edge of the tulle showed
- ss into the first stitch of the row at the end
- The second row was 1ch 1dc (1ch 1sc) all the way around
- Now you have a nice boarder to start working in your beads.
- Cut the thread leaving a nice long piece so it wont unravel and put the tulle one side.
- Alternatively you can thread your beads first and keep sliding them back as you work. Doing this has the advantage of less knots in your work but the crochet cotton tends to fray with the continued sliding of beads over it.
Threading the Beads:
- You are going to start only using your seed beads. I chose two colors for my base
- I threaded my crochet cotton through my tapestry needle and alternatively added 10 beads of each color
- I didn’t count how many, but it was a lot.
- This is a fantastic project to sit and do when you are watching TV.
- First beading step done
- Reattach the cotton using a tight little knot right near your hook.
- Now 1ch, slide 1 bead against your hook, yoh (yarn over hook) and through the loop.
- (your bead will now be crocheted into the stitch.
- 1 ch and into the next stitch do a dc (sc)
- Do this through the whole row. SS into the start of the row.
- Sorry for the lack of photos in this part. Bright spark here was working and watching TV and forgot to take pics.
- 1 ch, now it gets fun. Slide the bead against the hook and do the stitch. We’ll call this chaining the bead.
- Chain five beads; double crochet into stitch.
- I didn’t do it in ever stitch there would have been way too much, so I skipped three stitches between the chains
- The next row I chained 8 beads and did a dc (sc) into the center of the precious rows chained hoop.
- At the end ss into the beginning of the row and cut your cotton.
Beading Last Step:
- This is the sequence I threaded the beads in.
- 5 pink seed beads
- 1 plastic circle bead
- 1 faux-crystal bead
- 1 pink seed bead
- Then I brought the tapestry needle around over the last seed bead and thread it back through the crystal and plastic bead (this creates the danglely bit)
- last step 10 seed beads.
Crochet Last Row:
- Chain 5 seed beads
- Chain the dangly bit (one plastic, one crystal, one seed)
- Chain 5 seed Beads
- dc (sc) into middle of last rows hoops.
Continue until the row is done. Ss into beginning of row.
This is optional but it does help protect your work.
Put a dab of super-glue onto all your knots and cut off the excess cotton.
I hope that was understandable to everyone.
Have a great day!