Have you ever heard about Bullion Stitch? If not, that’s not surprising, because it’s not a very popular one. In fact, this technique is much more popular in embroidery and helps creators make lovely three-dimensional elements.
In the world of crochet bullion stitch is reserved for the ambitious and tackled by few – mostly, because it’s very decorative and requires skillful tension control. It’s not that hard to learn, though! I’ve had much worse time trying to learn myself how to make these Puff Stitch Flowers!
Below you can see a small snippet of what’s to come in this article, so sit comfortably and enjoy the ride. I will analyze bullion stitch’s anatomy and, as per usual, throw on you a bunch of fantastic colorways, so that you can use them in your future projects.
Why this stitch?
The word bullion means gold or silver in the form of bars – and what are these stitches if not little bars, right?
Let’s be honest – not everyone is a fan of bullion stitch, and I wasn’t sure if I liked it myself. What made me change my mind, though was a couple of informative tutorials and the discovery of the fantastic Abacus Blanket by Susan Carlson – the creative author behind Felted Button. Her blanket pattern is absolutely the most popular project, which incorporates bullion stitch, so you will see a lot of different versions of it below.
What is Bullion Stitch?
This unique technique is a very interesting one, because it creates a nice bead-like stitches. They can be tall or short, depending on the number of times you will wrap the yarn around your tool. I purposefully say tool, because there are many ways to make bullion stitch, including using latch hook, for example.
Learn how to crochet Bullion Stitch with free tutorials
- photos by Naztazia from naztazia.com
To learn more and see video tutorial by Naztazia, go to her website naztazia.com.
- photos by B.Hooked Crochet from bhookedcrochet.com
talking about stitches…
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Now – to the juicy part! As I mentioned before, most of the crochet projects you can find online, when looking for bullion stitch, are the versions of Abacus Blanket by Susan Carlson. It’s a paid pattern, but it’s quite simple. I bet that many of you will be able to make a similar project, just by learning the stitch from free tutorials!
Colorful Bullion Stitch Blankets
Abacus Blanket by Susan Carlson
Let’s start with the original, shall we? Colorful creation by Susan calls for different colors in each bullion row, because the texture of puffy little beads goes very well with rainbow palette. Simple white stripes between the colors and in the border frame this design perfectly. Take a look below to see how soft and squishy it is!
- photo by Susan Carlson / feltedbutton.com
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Colorful Abacus Blanket Version by kerryandtheboys
Kerry always chooses her palettes masterfully, and the blanket you see below is no exception. Primary colors make it playful, and two shades of green break the Lego-feel you can get from reds, blues and yellows. If you are wondering where to go with your next baby blanket, this direction seems good!
Purchase the pattern for this blanket on Ravelry, or read more about it on Susan’s blog feltedbutton.com. Free crochet pattern for Snowflake by Kate Veselunka uses this technique, too, so be sure to check it out.
Abacus Blanket Version by kerryandtheboys
Another version of Kelly’s resulted in a beautiful, deep color scheme. Hues are much more contrasting and moody, but still playful and fresh. White yarn in between the rows pops up even more here, when it’s combined with navy, deep reds and moody blues. For a perfect finishing touch, Kelly decided to add popcorn stitch to her edging – just take a look below to see how great it looks!
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Abacus Blanket Version by frankielovescrochet
Staying in the rainbow realm, let’s take a look at Frankie’s creation, which you can see in the photos below. She chose light blue-grey yarn for her border and stripes, and I must admit that it looks lovely. It’s not as contrasting as white, and makes you dive into the rainbow.
Purchase the pattern for this blanket on Ravelry, or read more about it on Susan’s blog feltedbutton.com. If you are looking for a free crochet pattern that use bullion stitch, check out Bead Stitch Cowl by Slipstitch Hollow.
Rainbow Abacus Blanket Version by skinnybeader
I love palettes like this one, because it’s not obviously rainbow-y. The brightest tints of yellow and blue are nicely subdued by very delicate color change. As you can see below, mixing up dark tones with bright ones create a nicely balanced palette.
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Pastel Abacus Blanket Versions by skinnybeader
Let’s talk about pastels – we all love them, right? Or are there any of you who don’t like these delicate colors? I think they are the best way to go, if you don’t feel confident in choosing colors by yourself. Take a look at the photos below and see how well these hues go together – even if you introduce stronger ones between them!
Purchase the pattern for this blanket on Ravelry, or read more about it on Susan’s blog feltedbutton.com. Remarkable precision of Holly Doily by Viktoriia Gul makes it hard to believe, that it’s in fact a free crochet pattern! You will find our hero stitch used there.
Abacus Blanket Version by littlev_andme
Working with two colors at once isn’t very popular nowadays, because there are many yarns, that are designed to create this marbled effect. That said, it’s a great idea for those of you, who want to lighten up the colors you already have, or if you have lots of white yarn piling up and don’t know what to do with it. In the pictures you can see how interesting this technique looks in Nat’s project, when applied to many different colors!
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Abacus Blanket Version by dlachance
The blanket you can see in the photos may be the most beautiful palette I’ve seen in a long time – and I mean it! Shiny yarn makes bullion stitch look like little pearls, and grey stripes are the perfect balance for this color scheme. Hues go from deep violets to deep reds, which makes this project a very sophisticated one. Creator behind the name dlachance truly nailed it!
- photos by dlachance on Ravelry
Purchase the pattern for this blanket on Ravelry, or read more about it on Susan’s blog feltedbutton.com. Looking for a free crochet pattern to try out first? Check A Bullion Stitch Headband by Rhelena’s Crochet Patterns.
Abacus Blanket Version by Skinnybeader
Dive deep into the ocean with this blue version of bullion stitch blanket. As you can see below, these colors are absolutely timeless, so make them your first choice when in doubt. A blanket like this one would look amazing in a modern nursery, no matter if the owner would be a baby girl or a baby boy. Crocheter behind Skinnybeader stick to classic white border, and it looks beautiful.
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Blue-Green Abacus Baby Blanket Version by JessiJSmith
Jessi’s version of this blanket stands out, because she used golden-beige yarn for the stripes and border. Take a look at the photos below and see how beautifully it goes with deep hues of blue and green! It reminds me of king’s brocades and rich embroidered velvets. Sophisticated is the word we could use for this design, so get inspired!
- photos by JessiJSmith on Ravelry
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Bullion Stitch in Other Crochet Projects
Mock Bullion Flames by Kati Donahue
As I’ve said earlier, there are not that many projects, that use bullion stitch, but I’ve managed to find a few. I was very much enchanted by this afghan square by Kati, because it reminds me very much of embroidery. Little bullion stitches are beautifully arranged in the forms of tiny flowers, which is very elegant and feminine.
- photos by Kati Donahue on Ravelry.com
Find this free crochet pattern on Ravelry.
That’s all for today, but I’ll be back with much more inspiring projects and free patterns. Like, share and subscribe if you like what you see. Stay tuned!
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