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You’ve been there, scrolling through Pinterest, when you come across some bit of crochet magic that catches your eye and stops the scroll.

As your fingers twitch with excitement, your eyes try to devour every detail but it starts to look….. complicated. How’d they get the stitches to zig-zag like that and are those bobbles? Which way is up?

super close up view of the crochet bean stitch

Can I really learn such a complicated looking stitch?

You can!

Most complicated-looking stitches are quite simple once you break them down step by step.

The bean stitch is one of those stitch patterns that’s simple once you know what you are doing, and it’s time you learn it with this bean stitch tutorial.

We’ll walk through, step by step, how to master this gorgeous stitch pattern and use it in your next favorite crochet project.

Before we move on, don’t forget to save this tutorial on Pinterest so you can come back to it whenever you need to.

bean stitch collage with a close up and a swatch view

How do you Crochet a Bean Stitch?

In simple terms, the bean stitch pattern is a series of puff stitches worked in such a way that they push the puffs in the row below off to the side. You get a cute zig-zag pattern that looks like little beans scattered across your fabric.

Let’s first walk through the written instructions for the bean stitch and then you can keep reading to learn about working the bean stitch in the round or head down to the photo tutorial.

To crochet the bean stitch:

  1. Start with a chain that is an odd number.
  2. Insert your hook into the 3rd chain from the hook and pull up a loop (2 loops on the hook).
  3. Yarn over, insert your hook into the same stitch and pull up a loop (4 loops on the hook).
  4. Yarn over, insert your hook into the same stitch and pull up a loop (6 loops on the hook).
  5. Yarn over and pull through all six loops on the hook.
  6. Chain 1 to secure the stitch.

There are the basics for making a bean stitch, but you don’t want to make just one, do you? Let’s keep going:

  1. Skip the next chain and work into the next stitch following steps 2-6 above. Continue working bean stitches in every other chain to the end of the row.
  2. To start row 2, you’ll chain 1 (you already chained 1 to secure the last bean stitch – so technically you’ll chain 2 to start the next row) and turn.
  3. Skip the first stitch (the chain which secured the bean) and work in the next stitch which is the first bean stitch of the row below.
  4. Continue skipping the chain stitches and working in each bean stitch to the end of the row.

What do you think? Not too hard, but if you’re still a bit lost, there’s a full bean stitch photo tutorial for both left and right handed crocheters after we talk about how to bean stitch in the round.

ball of yarn, hook, and bean stitch swatch

Bean Stitch in the Round

There are two ways to work the bean stitch in the round: continuous rounds or join and turn.

Either way, you’ll want to start with an even-numbered chain and join it with a slip stitch to form a ring.

When you work in continuous rounds, the stitch you work in is at the beginning of each bean stitch (on the right for right-handed crocheters or on the left for lefties) instead of on the far side of the stitch.

This causes the little beans to line up in a diagonal pattern which is really beautiful.

bean stitch worked in continuous rounds

But what if you want those cute scattered beans like when you work in rows? We can make that happen too!

At the end of each round, you’ll join the round using a slip stitch to the top of the 1st bean stitch of the row then ch 2 and turn.

The placement of your stitches is exactly the same as if you were working in rows and you get that zig-zag bean look.

typical bean stitch worked in the round

Bean Stitch Step by Step

All you need to get started is some practice yarn and a corresponding hook. For this tutorial, I used Bernat Beyond Yarn and my Furls Odyssey Hook.

Bean Stitch Tutorial – Right Handed

Start with an odd numbered chain.

Insert hook into the 3rd ch from the hook and pull up a loop (2 loops on the hook).

insert hook into 3rd ch from hook and pull up a loop

Yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, and pull up a loop (4 loops on the hook)

yarn over, insert hook into same st and pull up a loop

Next, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, and pull up a loop (6 loops on the hook)

yarn over again, insert hook into same stitch and pull up a loop

Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on the hook.

yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on the hook

Chain 1 to secure to stitch.

chain 1 to close the bean stitch

There you go! You’ve finished the basic bean stitch, but there’s still more to learn of course.

Skip the next stitch then make another bean stitch.

skip a stitch and repeat making another bean stitch

Continue skipping a stitch and then making another bean stitch all the way to the end of the row.

continue the pattern to the end of the row - completed row of bean stitches

You’ve already chained 1 to secure that last bean stitch, now you’ll chain again and turn.

turn and chain 2 to start the next row

Each bean stitch in after row 1 will be work in the “v” space created by the bean stitch in the row below.

arrows showing where to place the stitches for row 2

Here’s the first completed bean of row 2. You can see it pushes the bean stitch below it even farther to the side.

1st puff stitch of row 2

Once you reach the end of the row, the last bean will go almost on the side of the row below.

arrow showing where to place the last stitch of the row

Bean Stitch Crochet Tutorial – Left Handed

Start with an odd numbered chain.

Insert hook into the 3rd ch from the hook and pull up a loop (2 loops on the hook).

2 crochet loops on a hook

Yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, and pull up a loop (4 loops on the hook)

4 crochet loops on a hook

Next, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, and pull up a loop (6 loops on the hook)

6 crochet loops on the hook

Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on the hook.

completed puff stitch after pulling through all 6 loops on the hook

Chain 1 to secure to stitch.

chain one to close puff stitch

There you go! You’ve finished the basic bean stitch, but there’s still more to learn of course.

Skip the next stitch then make another bean stitch.

second completed bean stitch left handed

Continue skipping a stitch and then making another bean stitch all the way to the end of the row.

one completed row of bean stitches left handed

You’ve already chained 1 to secure that last bean stitch, now you’ll chain again and turn.

chain 2 to start row 2

Each bean stitch in after row 1 will be work in the “v” space created by the bean stitch in the row below.

arrows showing spaces where to put the bean stitches of row two

Here’s the first completed bean of row 2. You can see it pushes the bean stitch below it even farther to the side.

first bean stitch of row 2

Once you reach the end of the row, the last bean will go almost on the side of the row below.

end of row 2 with an arrow showing where to put the last bean stitch of the row

Great! Now you know how to do the bean stitch! Isn’t it fun? Head to the Bean Stitch Twisted Headband to use it in a quick and easy project.

close up of the bean stitch in progress

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