It happens all the time, I am mindlessly scrolling and a stitch catches my eye, most recently the Crochet Bean Stitch. However, when trying this stitch for the first time I realized that there a quite a few different stitch patterns for this crochet stitch. How to Crochet a Bean Stitch is Simple, it’s starting the pattern that seems to vary.
For this bean stitch pattern I have created a step-by-step photo tutorial, a crochet diagram, a youtube video tutorial and included written instructions. There is also a free crochet pattern for a HUGE striped trendy scarf with easy twisted fringe! Happy Crocheting while you enjoy this wonderful stitch!
How Do You Crochet a Bean Stitch?
The Bean Stitch Instructions – bst
- Insert hook into desired st, yarn over, pull up a loop (Photos 1 to 4)
- Yarn over, insert hook in st, yarn over, pull up a loop, (Photos 5 to 8)
- Yarn over, insert hook in st, yarn over, pull up a loop, (Photos 9 to 12)
- Yarn over, pull through all 6 loops on the hook. (Photos 13 and 14)
- Chain 1 to close, counts as a second stitch. (Photo 15)
Step-by-Step Tutorial for the Bean Stitch
What is the Difference Between Puff Stitch and Bean Stitch?
A Bean Stitch and a Puff Stitch are almost identical in how they are created except that the bean stitch skips the first yarn over. Skipping that first yarn over is what pulls the first bean stitch down and puts each next bean stitch on an angle.
Once you get a few rows down you will start to get the basket weave effect where each row is visibly going in opposite directions. The bean stitch has a great texture but creates a heavy fabric that is great for different projects.
After you have your base row created, bean stitches are created with an easy repeat row alternating a chain space and a bean placed in a stitch space on the bean. This is not a stitch that can be worked in continuous rounds, you will have to join and turn.
This awesome stitch does not have a wrong side which is another reason I love it for any crochet project. I definitely want to use this amazing texture for a crochet blanket pattern in the future for this reason!
How Many to Chain on a Bean Stitch?
Using an even number of chains or an odd number of chains depends on how you will be creating your bean stitch. This is the issue I ran into when trying to find the correct multiple for this easy stitch. Reference my stitch diagram below.
For this bean stitch tutorial I start by chaining an even number of stitches for that my first row of single crochet will have an odd number of stitches. Then my second row, which sets up the beans skips the second single crochet stitch without using a chain space which means the final stitch count will decrease again by one stitch.
After that the simple repeat starts on row 3 for the beans, each next bean stitch row will have the same even number of stitches for the remainder of the pattern.
What it really boils down to is if you DO or DON’T use a chain 1 before your first stitch. I found that NOT using a chain 1 works better since it helps to pull the little beans over to accentuate the look of the diagonal beans.
If you do not like using a foundation chain you can create a foundation single crochet instead.
Bean Stitch vs Mini Bean Crochet Stitch
These two stitches are created the same way except that the mini bean stitch has one less set of yarn overs. So the bean stitch has 6 loops before you pull through all and the mini bean has 4 loops before you pull through all.
The mini bean stitch or baby bean stitch is also known as the Elizabeth Stitch but both versions of beans create a beautiful texture. If you are looking to save on yarn you may want to try the mini bean.
For both of these stitches, if you find the the ends of your rows are pulling you can use a stacked single crochet instead of a turning chain to loosen up the last stitch in the pattern.
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- 2 Skeins of Basic Stitch Anti Pilling Yarn in Walnut [202-114V] – Color A – 370 yards
- 2 Skeins of Basic Stitch Anti Pilling Yarn in Sienna [202-118E] – Color B – 370 yards
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- 13 sts x 13 rows = 4” x 4” in pattern repeat.
Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations
- Chain Stitch – ch
- Slip Stitch – sl st
- Stitch(es) – st(s)
- Single Crochet – sc
- Bean Stitch – bst – Insert hook into desired st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, insert hook in st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, insert hook in st, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all 6 loops on the hook. Chain 1 to close, counts as a second stitch.
- * Designates a repeat.
- One Size –11.5” wide by 77” long (+ fringe)
- You will begin with an even number of chains to create an odd number of single crochet stitches for Row 1. Row 2 will skip the second stitch and reduce the total stitch count by 1. All remaining Rows will have an even number of stitches. Reference stitch diagram for clarity.
- You made add or reduce by 2’s on your starting chain to make this crocheted scarf the desired length you would like.
Striped Bean Stitch Crochet Scarf Pattern
Note: The color changes are noted in the chart below.
Row 1 – Sc in the 2nd chain from hook and each next chain using the back bump, ch 1, turn. [249 sts]
Row 2 – Sc in the first st, sk 1 sc, *bst in next, (ch 1, sk 1), repeat from * until 2 sts remain, sc in last st, ch 1, turn. [248 sts]
Row 3 – Sc in the first st, sk ch-1, *bst in bst, (ch 1, sk ch-1), repeat from * to end, sc in last st, ch 1, turn. [248 sts]
Rows 4 to 37 – Repeat Row 3.
Final Row – Sc in first st, *2 sc in bst, sk ch-1, repeat from * to end, sc in last st, finish off. [248 sts]
Optional: Add a row of single crochet at each end in the side of the row and create fringe. I added twisted fringe which is created by pulling up a long loop, twisting, pinch the center, fold over and let the magic happen! Head to my YouTube for the video tutorial!