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Bullion stitch looks very decorative and attractive,
but certainly requires a lot of practice. It can be used like an edging
or for crocheting very decorative elements and flowers. Using this stitch, you can create a
crocheted fabric which structure looks very unusual for the crochet
work. No wonder free form artists like it so much!
Roll stitch is another a well-known name for this stitch. It is formed
by wrapping the yarn a few times around the hook, and than pulling the
yarn through all those wraps together. These is where all those troubles
Most likely you won't be able to make it look great from the
beginning, but as usual, it will get better with practice.
It can be
done both around the circle and in the row. (See the pictures below).
Here are a few practical tips, to make your learning curve easier.
Bullion Stitch in Round
Bullion Stitch in Row
Let analyze what should be done, to make your bullion stitch work. For the
first step, you form a "coil" around the hook. On the second step, you
have to pull the yarn through that coil.
To make it happen:
internal diameter of the "coil" has to be big enough to let the loop go through;
internal surface of the "coil" has to be smooth enough not to prevent the yarn from pulling through the hole;
yarn does not have to create too much resistance while you pull it
through the "coil". The smoother the yarn surface is, the easier you
can pull it through the hole.
How on earth do you do this?
Choose a larger hook which has a flat spot to practice. "Boye"
hooks will work pretty well.
Wind yarn loosely around the flat (the widest) part of
the hook. Make no more than 4-5 turns of yarn around the hook for
the beginning. It is crucial for your success: make the wraps
loose and even. Let them go through the hook easily.
Use a firm, smooth and pretty thick yarn. For instance, Red
Heart Worsted Weight. Or even a crochet cotton thread, which has much
smoother surface. A soft yarn will make your learning much more
difficult as it will catch on the part you're pulling through.
It is easier to start practicing making bullion in the row.
Once you managed to pull the hook through the loops pretty easy, it
is time to try to increase the number of the wraps around the shaft of
Now let's practice. Watch the videos and follow the process;
Here are slightly different ways of making the stitch.
hardest thing in making this kind of stitches is to pull the hook
through the set of loops on the hook.
Not every kind of hook and
yarn will let you do it easily. Apparently there are the solutions to
this problem. Watch these videos. I suspect they will
help you a lot to crochet this challenging crochet stitch.
Bullion stitches in the row
Bullion stitches in the circle - Move stitches one at a time.
This technique is completely different. You do not have to pull the yarn
through all those stubborn wraps on the hook. Move them one at a time.
Cover the tip of the hook by a needle.
This video is in Russian, but the presentation is very clear.
To make the
internal diameter of the "coil" bigger, use a big needle.
Once all wraps
are on place, move the needle to cover the tip of the crochet hook.
This way you isolate the crochet hook from getting stuck in the "coil".