July 7, 2011

Bead Crochet Theorem

A pattern with an odd number of beads in the repeat, crocheted in even-around, will spiral in the opposite direction from a pattern with an even number of beads in a repeat. The same remains true when crocheting in odd-around.

It seems like I have known about this even/odd theorem in bead crochet forever. However, I've had some questions about patterns recently that led me to think that maybe everyone doesn't know this happens.

In the sample above, the right side of the pattern actually has a wider color band "A", but visually you don't seem to notice it. It's the reversing direction of the lighter color band "B" that you notice. It's an easy and fun way to introduce zig-zags into a spiral rope.

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