The Bullion Stitch, or what some might refer to as the Roll Stitch, is really a fun stitch to play around with and learn. It is however not a stitch for a beginner, but recommended for a more experienced crocheter who would like to develop more in their crocheting skill.
A bullion stitch is created by wrapping the yarn around the hook anywhere from 5 to 10 times. The height or length of each Bullion stitch can vary depending on the number of times you wrap the yarn around the hook.
This is a stitch that can be a little tricky to master, so do not get discouraged if you do not succeed the first time. Just keep practicing. Once mastered you will find it is a beautiful addition for decorative edging, accents in doilies, flower making or in my case a square in an afghan.
This is the time you stop reading, go and get your yarn and join me as I walk you through the Bullion stitch. I will be using an F hook for the tutorial.
We will be loosely wrapping the yarn around the hook 7 times. (pictured above)
Note: When I am doing this I use the thumb grip of the hook to wrap the yarn around. After I have the desired wrap I push the yarn down to the shank part of the hook. If you are unsure what parts of the hook these are I explained it in an eariler post. The Anatomy of the Crochet Hook
Insert hook in the top of next stitch, yarn over and pull back through stitch. (pictured above)
Yarn over and pull through all the loops on hook. (pictured above)
Note: You do not have to work all the loops at one time, you can pull through two, one or all the loops. Do what is comfortable for you.
Note: Holding loops between thumb and middle finger as you pull through usually helps.
Chain 1 at the end to close stitch off. (pictured above)
Two reasons for being unsuccessful;
First, the bullion stitch requires a crocheter to hold the hook in the pencil grip method, this is because you will be needing your middle finger a lot to complete the stitch.
Secondly, tension is very important when making this stitch. If you wrap too tight, the hook will not pull through. However, you do not want the tension too loose, because it makes the loops uneven in size. Having some loose while others are tight in appearance will cause the end result to be a sloppy looking stitch. If you are unsure how to hold you hook in this way or would like tension explained in more detailed, I explained both in this post. How to Crochet Evenly Every Stitch
I hope you enjoy working this stitch, if you have a problem please let me know and I would be more than happy to help you.
Until next week, keep those hooks flying.