Monday, April 2, 2012

Bullion Stitch

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/20/16

Believe it or not, I’m determined to master making the bullion stitch. I had promised myself years ago there were plenty of other crochet stitches I could use, without going through all the frustration of making bullion crochet stitches; however, the A – Z Challenge is prompting me to do more than merely craft blog posts in alphabetical order. It is also challenging me to prove to myself that no crochet stitch is off limits – no matter how frustrated I get with it.

I remember how I felt about making picots in years back. To my horror, they ended up in almost every pattern I attempted for a time. At one point, I even pulled out my bead stash, determined to replace them with beads – it didn’t work for one of the doilies I was making; consequently, I now use picots much more than I ever thought I would, and I honestly enjoy making them too!

How to Make the Bullion Crochet Stitch

Foundation Chain: Make a loose chain for the bullion stitch (+5 extra chains in the foundation row). The bullion stitch is fairly tall, and you need those 5 extra chains to keep your rows even.

Technique: Use the middle and far end of your hook to make your loops. This is the wider portion of your hook, which makes it easier to slide the yarn evenly through them in the final step of making this stitch.

Step 1: Wrap yarn around your hook 9 – 12 times. (Keep it even, and follow the technique mentioned above. Take care not to make your loops extra loose, as they will create snags in your stitches and pattern.)

Step 2: Insert hook in desired chain or stitch; yarn over, draw up a loop; yarn over, draw through all loops on hook. (It is easier for me to work Step 2 in one quick motion, than trying to individually draw through all the loops on my hook.)

Noting the Details

The bullion stitch is probably best used as a right side only stitch, in my opinion. Alternating it with a row of sc, hdc or dc stitches seems like a reasonable idea.

Begin each row of bullion stitch with 5 chain; end each row of bullion stitch with a large chain (the height of the bullion stitch row you made). If using basic stitch alternating rows, use number required for individual stitch chosen: sc = 1, hdc = 2, dc = 3 etc.

Wrong side of bullion stitch has large loops. When used in patterns, it would be a good idea to line individual projects, if possible.

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