Howdy all! Last week I shared a tutorial on how to bead square stitch to create a simple rectangle shape. Today I’m going to share how to increase and decrease rows so you can create shapes. This bracelet has simple oval shapes to get you started. I used size 10 seed beads for this bracelet, but you can use any size you want.
Here is the template that I created:
I used several colors of seed beads, and 6 lb Fireline beading thread.
Let’s get started. I’m going to show you how to increase rows first. I have 3 rows of 5 beads below, but I wanted my third row to have 7 beads. Follow the next 2 steps to see how I increased one side of the row.
1) Add 2 beads to your thread, then pass your needle from left to right through the first bead you added. Pull tight.
2) The new beads should be stacked. Now pass your needle through the top bead from right to left. You have now increased one side of the third row.
Continue adding beads to that row until it is filled. Now we are going to increase the third row, and finish the 4th row.
1) Add 2 beads to your thread. Pass your needle from right to left through the first bead. Pull tight.
The beads should be stacked like the picture below.
2) Pass your needle from left to right through 4 beads in the third row.
3) Now pass your needle from right to left through the last 4 beads of your 4th row. You’ve increased rows!
Now let’s decrease a row.
1) Pass your needle through 4 beads in the row below where your thread passes out.
2) Now pass your needle through the beads right above where you exited, but not the last one.
3) Add a bead to your thread and pass your needle through the bead below from left to right.
4) Pass your needle through the newly added bead from right to left. And you’ve decreased your row. There’s nothing to do to decrease the other end of this row. Just continue adding beads on this row until you want it to end.
That’s all there is to it! A little practice and you’ll be making all kinds of shapes!