The mini bean stitch (aka Elizabeth stitch) is a fun little stitch that gives you a nice subtle texture within a solid fabric. The stitch basically consists of a cluster of a single crochet and a double crochet stitch.You can use this fun and easy stitch to make a bag or a blanket or anything that calls for a fairly tight fabric. I personally get a lot of joy and satisfaction from working this stitch because it’s so fun and simple, yet becomes a luxuriously textured fabric. So, let’s make some mini beans!
Let’s Gather Supplies!
A medium weight worsted yarn is good to learn with. It’s easier to work with than a fine yarn or a heavy yarn. In the photos below I’m using a size H/8-5.mm hook. It’s not too big and not too slim. I can concentrate on learning the stitch without the challenge of handling extreme size hooks or yarn. I can just have fun with it.
Build Your Foundation
Very simple! Chain 20.
Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook.
Yarn over hook.
Pull the hook with the yarn over it back through the chain stitch just like you would a normal single crochet. You should have two loops on your hook. Then yarn over hook again.
We’re just getting started!
Keeping the yarn over the hook, insert the hook back into the same chain stitch. Then yarn over hook again.
Now, pull the hook and the yarn back through the chain. You should have 4 loops on your hook.
Yarn over hook.
Pull through all the loops at once.
Your First Mini Bean Stitch!
Now, we’ll continue down the row. Next, chain 1.
Skip the next chain and make a mini bean in the next stitch.
Follow this pattern to the end of the row: mini bean, chain 1, skip one chain stitch. You will have 10 mini bean stitches when the row is complete.
Chain 1 and turn. The next and following rows you will work your mini bean stitches into the chain one space of the previous row.
So, to begin the second row, mini bean in the first chain space, chain 1, skip over the mini bean stitch on the previous row. Mini bean in the next chain 1 space to the end of the row. Chain 1, turn.
Isn’t it fun? And pretty too! Here’s a swatch of mini beans:
Continue to your heart’s content!