I have admired the bullion stitch for many years now but refused to use them in my designs. This was a decision I made after spending hours trying to figure out the best way to maintain tension and get my hook through eight loops (or more) at once with no success. I walked away frustrated and defeated…not how I like to feel after crocheting.
I recently revisited the bullion stitch and I’m really glad I did. I knew this stitch was troublesome for so many and I was determined to find a way to make this stitch possible for everyone. True there are seasoned crocheters out there who can whip their hook through the bullion stitch with ease but the reality of it is, most people can not. In some kind of “ah ha” moment, I realized the trick to mastering the bullion stitch (for me) wasn’t going to be in the technique but rather the tool. So I dug through my toolbox and pulled out a latch hook. Yes, a latch hook is my secret weapon.
I would like to demonstrate the easy way to make bullion stitches with a latch hook by guiding you through a quick and useful little project, the bullion stitch flower. These flowers make perfect embellishments for hats, handbags, headbands and more. Once you get the hang of the stitches and a groove working with the latch hook, these whip up in about 20 minutes or less. Sounds perfect right? Master a new stitch (the easy way), create a gorgeous and truly unique embellishment…yes please!
Bullion Stitch Flower
Crochet Pattern by B. Hooked Crochet, Copyright 2015.
Do not copy, sell or redistribute this pattern. Items produced using this pattern may be sold, however please do not use the photos from this website.
This pattern is written in US crochet terms
Gather your supplies
- Red Heart Super Saver, Artist Print, approx. 12 yds per flower
- Susan Bates Straight Latch Hook
- 5.5 mm Crochet Hook
- Darning Needle
Gauge and Sizing
Your finished flower will measure approximately 2″ across.
- Sc – Single Crochet
- Slst – Slip Stitch
- Sts – Stitches
This pattern and video tutorial recommend the use of a magic ring to start your flower. If you are unfamiliar with the magic ring, I recommend you take a look at my tutorial here. If you are unable to master the magic ring, you may also use the alternate magic ring method. I have a tutorial on this here.
Although this tutorial was designed to demonstrate a bullion stitch with a latch hook, you can still complete this project by making your bullion stitches the traditional way. Follow along with the pattern as normal.
This pattern is labeled “intermediate” because the bullion stitch requires that you have a good concept of tension. However, please do not let this deter you from trying! The bullion stitch, although regarded as an expert level stitch, is incredibly easy to master with the latch hook.
Crochet Bullion Stitch Flower Tutorial
This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on YouTube.
Round 1: Using your crochet hook, create a magic ring (or use an alternate method) with 6 Sc. Close your magic ring and slst to the first sc.
Round 2: Ch 2. Replace your crochet hook with the latch hook. Make 2 bullion stitches in every sc. Complete the round by making a slst to the first bullion stitch. (12 sts)
Bind off and weave in your ends.