Bullion Stitch

The bullion stitch is beautiful and decorative AND tricky!  It is accomplished by performing lots and lots of yarn overs before drawing through the yarn to complete the stitch- the tricky part is getting your hook to glide smoothly through all of those yarn overs.

The photos below show an example of the bullion stitch being worked onto a row of double crochet stitches.

Step 1:  Yarn over as many times as the pattern directs, typically 7 to 10 times.
Step 2:   Insert hook into indicated stitch and yarn over.

Step 3:  Draw the yarn through all the loops on the hook!  This completes the bullion stitch.

Here are a few tips to make this go smoothly:

  • Use an inline hook such as a Susan Bates hook or a AGeary Woodworks Hook.
  • Wrap the yarn loosely around the hook in step #1.
  • When drawing the yarn through the loops on the hook, help out with your "non-hook-holding" hand.  You can either pinch the loops to make the hook glide through more easily or you can even pick the loops off one at a time.
  • PRACTICE!  This stitch gets smoother the more that you do it!