How to Crochet BULLION Stitch

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BULLIONOBIA Coin Purse - this is crocheted with incomplete bullion stitches worked in a spiral, I made this for my husband.BULLION-Rimmed Flower Earrings - the border of this pair of earrings are bullion stitches lying on their sides.CRESCENT Clutch - this clutch is crocheted with bullion stitches and sc's.
BULLIONOBIA Coin Purse - this is crocheted with incomplete bullion stitches worked in a spiral, I made this for my husband.
BULLIONOBIA Coin Purse - this is crocheted with incomplete bullion stitches worked in a spiral, I made this for my husband. | Source
BULLION-Rimmed Flower Earrings - the border of this pair of earrings are bullion stitches lying on their sides.
BULLION-Rimmed Flower Earrings - the border of this pair of earrings are bullion stitches lying on their sides. | Source
CRESCENT Clutch - this clutch is crocheted with bullion stitches and sc's.
CRESCENT Clutch - this clutch is crocheted with bullion stitches and sc's. | Source

The bullion stitch is intimidating. How do you get pass through all 10 loops?

For a long time I avoided this stitch thinking its only for the pros.

However, the time came when I wanted to expand my repertoire of crochet stitches. I was already bored with sc's and dc's so I gave bullion a try using plarn.

After an hour, SUCCESS!

How I Learned to Bullion

To learn how to crochet the bullion stitch, I began with 2 wraps on hook, then three, four, five, six, seven, until I could do the eight wraps.

Using crochet thread, I can bullion up to twelve wraps. But with yarn, I'm slow and I can do until eight wraps only.

Why I Created this Video Hub

I created this video hub to supplement my BULLIONOBIA COIN PURSE (free pattern). I've noticed that my free patterns which utilizes bullion stitches don't get much interest.

So maybe, if I have a video hub that shows how to crochet the bullion, others won't be so afraid of these patterns.


Table of Contents:

  • What is a Bullion Stitch?
  • Photo Gallery: Bullion Stitches in Free Form Crochet
  • What Makes it Difficult - Decoding the Requirements in Learning the Bullion Stitch
  • Video: Crochet the Bullion with Help
  • The Hidden Instructions in Crocheting Bullions
  • Photo Gallery: Crochet Patterns with Bullion Stitches


Bullion Stitches in Free Form Crochet

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WINTER FREEFORM BAGAMMONITESFREE FORM WALL PIECE
WINTER FREEFORM BAG
WINTER FREEFORM BAG | Source
AMMONITES
AMMONITES | Source
FREE FORM WALL PIECE
FREE FORM WALL PIECE | Source

What is a Bullion Stitch?

The bullion stitch is created by wrapping the yarn many times on the hook and then passing the hook through ALL the loops.

The height of the stitch can be varied depending on the number of wraps and is secured by an elongated chain.

This results into an interesting stitch that looks like rope wrapped around a post.

This stitch can be used to create monograms and textured patterns if used sparingly with basic stitches such as an sc. When used throughout, the result is a crochet fabric that does not seem crocheted.

The bullion stitch creates bold patterns which makes it a favorite among freeform crochet artist.


Crochet the Bullion with Help

What Makes it Difficult - Decoding the Requirements in Learning the Bullion Stitch

There are three reasons why one could be unsuccessful in crocheting the bullion stitch.

  1. The way the hook is held
  2. The yarn used
  3. Pressure/ tension while crocheting

The bullion stitch requires us to hold the hook in the pencil grip method because you'll be needing your middle finger a lot - both middle fingers, the left and the right.

As for yarn, when you are still learning to bullion, DO NOT USE YARN. Why? Yarn thins when it stretches which makes the wraps tight at some point and loose at other points. When a wrap is too tight, the hook will not pull through. Moreover, when the tension of the wraps are not uniform (some loose while others are tight), the resulting bullion stitch is sloppy.

Therefore, its best to USE CROCHET COTTON THREAD (or something similar to it) when learning to crochet bullions because it does not thin when stretched. You can go back to yarn if you're comfortable with crochet thread.

Another consideration when crocheting bullion stitches is pressure/ tension. Applying the least amount of pressure while crocheting bullions will ensure success in passing the hook in all those loops. Especially with yarns, you should just touch the yarn and not press it when passing the hook into all those loops.

As a recap, here are the requirements for learning to crochet the bullion:

  1. Pencil grip method of holding the hook
  2. Use crochet thread for practice
  3. Least pressure/ tension when crocheting


Crochet Patterns with Bullion Stitches

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CHAMBERED NAUTILUS by Donna Kay Laceyclose http://blog.a-common-thread.com/2010/07/crochet-pattern-coiled-medallion.htmlAMERICAN BEAUTY AFGHAN BLOCK by Donna Kay Laceyclose SPLENDID Doily by Patricia KristoffersenKALE by Donna Kay Laceyclose BULLION STITCH HEARTSby Elena FedotovaMADDIE'S BOARDER HAT by Heidi Yates (Look at that BULLION FLOWER!)WHIRLWIND WRAP by Vickie HowellFree-Form Slippers by Margaret Hubert
CHAMBERED NAUTILUS by Donna Kay Laceyclose
CHAMBERED NAUTILUS by Donna Kay Laceyclose | Source
http://blog.a-common-thread.com/2010/07/crochet-pattern-coiled-medallion.html
http://blog.a-common-thread.com/2010/07/crochet-pattern-coiled-medallion.html | Source
AMERICAN BEAUTY AFGHAN BLOCK by Donna Kay Laceyclose
AMERICAN BEAUTY AFGHAN BLOCK by Donna Kay Laceyclose | Source
SPLENDID Doily by Patricia Kristoffersen
SPLENDID Doily by Patricia Kristoffersen | Source
KALE by Donna Kay Laceyclose
KALE by Donna Kay Laceyclose | Source
BULLION STITCH HEARTSby Elena Fedotova
BULLION STITCH HEARTSby Elena Fedotova | Source
MADDIE'S BOARDER HAT by Heidi Yates (Look at that BULLION FLOWER!)
MADDIE'S BOARDER HAT by Heidi Yates (Look at that BULLION FLOWER!) | Source
WHIRLWIND WRAP by Vickie Howell
WHIRLWIND WRAP by Vickie Howell | Source
Free-Form Slippers by Margaret Hubert
Free-Form Slippers by Margaret Hubert | Source

Giving the Bullion Stitch a Try?

After watching this video hub, are YOU going to TRY the BULLION STITCH?

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The Hidden Instructions in Crocheting Bullions

This is the most common instruction for a bullion stitch:

Y o 8x, insert hook, y o, pull through ALL 10 LOOPS on hook, ch 1.

There are a lot of hidden instructions here. Good thing I figured out most of them. These instructions are for right-handed crocheters only, as I am right-handed myself.

  1. Y o 8x or wrap yarn 8x around hook.
  2. (Hidden) Pull the wraps to the widest part of the hook.
  3. (Hidden) Use RIGHT middle finger in pressing the wraps lightly onto the hook to keep the size of the wraps uniform as the hook slides down when inserted.
  4. Insert hook.
  5. Y o.
  6. (Hidden) Pull ALL the loops to the widest part of the hook again.
  7. (Hidden) If you use yarn, you need to arrange the wraps by ROLLING IT COUNTERCLOCKWISE so it will have uniform size and tension. Use your LEFT middle finger and thumb: thumb pushes downward while middle finger pushes upward.
  8. (Hidden) Use LEFT middle finger and thumb to press lightly on the wraps as you pull through all 10 loops on hook.
  9. Ch 1 to lock/ secure the height of the bullion stitch.

Bullion stitch complete! Now all you have to do is PRACTICE.


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MoiraCrochets 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Thanks Bheng for leaving a comment! I'm glad you found the instructions clear. ",)


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handmadebybheng 4 years ago from Cubao , Quezon City

Very nice tutorial.. the instructions are clear too :) It has been very intimidating at first :) thank you for sharing this :)


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MoiraCrochets 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Go for it, Gerry! Thanks for leaving a comment!


gerykho 4 years ago

ah, so that's it! thanks so much, moira! i use to pull the loops one and one and ended up with crooked bullion stitch. yes, i will practice again!


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MoiraCrochets 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Thanks Mimi! I did my best to make this video as helpful as possible because I don't like badly made videos too.


mimi 4 years ago

I love your video Moira, very useful! I seldom watch tutorials if I don't know if it would help, since many videos out there are so badly made...


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MoiraCrochets 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Thank you, KrisL!

I realized most oIf these tips while doing the video. I don't work with yarn that much and at first, I couldn't figure out why it was so hard to bullion with yarn. After a few hours of practice, I finally realized what was wrong and I made sure I included that in the hub.


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MoiraCrochets 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Thank you, Patrice! It really is easy with crochet cotton thread. I can do it while watching TV. But yarn is a VERY different story.


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KrisL 4 years ago from S. Florida

I too taught myself the bullion stitch with much trial and error, but you have some advice that goes beyond mind . . . especially that counter-clockwise twist. You present it so clearly too, in both video & writing. Voted Awesome!


PWalker281 4 years ago

You make doing the bullion stitch look really easy, Moira :-). I struggled with it for a long time, too, before I finally mastered it. And I do it using the "knife" hold, although your pencil hold has a lot of advantages. The bullion stitch plays a big roll in my freeform crochet.

Great instructions and video! Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared.


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MoiraCrochets 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Thank you! I am hoping others would feel the same way about the video. ",)


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Your video gives very clear instructions--thanks! Also for the tips and the examples in the photos. Your bullion stitch coin purse is really nice!

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