Bullion stitches are tough. Yes, I said it and I’m not ashamed to admit that the bullion stitch was a huge problem for me only weeks ago. Sure, the concept was easy to understand but gauge and tension were an absolute nightmare.
For those of you unfamiliar with the bullion stitch, well, it has been highly regarded as the stitch to master to call yourself a true master of crochet. This is mainly because if you can create a perfect looking bullion stitch with your crochet hook, you are a master! This tutorial doesn’t teach you how to create the perfect bullion stitch but rather how to create a smarter bullion stitch. Call me a rebel, but I like to find the easiest method of working a project. I tip my hat to those few individuals who crochet bullion stitches with ease using a crochet hook, but for the rest of us, lets save ourselves some frustration and crochet bullion stitches the smarter way!
A couple weeks ago I introduced you to my solution for a perfect bullion stitch with the Bullion Stitch Flower tutorial. I realize that there will be some people who simply want to add an accent row to a current work in progress or supplement their pattern using a more efficient method of creating a bullion stitch. This tutorial is for you!
Crochet Bullion Stitch: The
Easy Smarter Way
From this angle, you can really see how stunning the bullion stitch is. It’s nothing short of incredible really and when paired with a short color repeat variegated yarn like you see above…wow! Typically, the bullion stitch is used as an accent stitch or accent row. It can be easily worked in a flat piece or in the round and creates a relatively thick fabric. Here are a few examples of ways to use the bullion stitch:
- Flowers – Bullion Stitch Flower
- Clothing accents
- Hot Pad
- Handbag/Purse accents
- Afghan Borders
These are just a few examples. The sky really is the limit in this case. Since bullion stitches are so difficult to perfect, you really don’t see them used much. However, now that you are about to learn the easy way, you may just put a row or two of bullion stitches in every single project from here on out!
This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on YouTube.
The bullion stitch can be worked in any number of stitches. There is no need to calculate a multiple.
- Ch – Chain
- Sc – Single Crochet
- YO – Yarn Over
The bullion stitch has many height variants. For this particular pattern we will be using 7 “wraps” or loops to accomplish the height of our bullion stitches. Please note that you do not have to crochet the bullion stitch with the latch hook. You can follow the same steps with your crochet hook.
I mentioned in the video that I would provide the written instructions for the swatch seen in the video. It can be worked using any number of stitches, so just know that the written instructions are for the swatch only.
To make a bullion stitch: YO 7 times. Insert hook into designated stitch. YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through all loops on your hook. YO and pull through the loop on your hook.
Row 1 (Foundation Row): Ch 15. Sc in the first chain from the hook and in each chain.
Row 2: Ch 2. Make one bullion stitch in every stitch.
Row 3: Ch 1. Sc in every stitch.
Repeat rows 2-3 until your piece reaches the desired length.
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