Crochet Bullion or Roll Stitch

I have wanted to master the bullion stitch for years. It was difficult for me to achieve anything but a big twisted yarn mess. I could not find instructions other than wrapping the yarn around the hook several times and then pulling it through the hook. A few weeks ago, a member of my Video Crochet group on Ravelry asked if I knew how to do the Bullion stitch. I told her I knew how it should be done, but I was not successful. After that I got to thinking again on how I could be successful with this stitch. That led me to come up with two techniques that both have a high success rate. To begin with, you should never worry about how slow or how fast you are crocheting, especially with this stitch it is better to focus on slow, accurate and you will have great success!

This Flower is an example of what can be made with the bullion stitch

The bullion stitch can be used just about anywhere. If you are doing a row of double crochet, replace one double crochet with the bullion stitch instead. If you are making a hat, you could accent the edge with the bullion stitch. It can be used in flowers, granny squares, afghans, tote bags or just about anywhere you would want to use it. There will be a bullion stitch flower video tutorial in the future.
The purpose of the plastic tubing and tapestry needle, is to keep the roll of yarn away from the hook so it will pass through the roll of yarn without getting caught and tangled.

The tapestry needle is about 2" in length, size 16. There are many sizes of tapestry needles. I would not recommend a needle smaller than 2", the longer the better. When I first started experimenting with the tapestry needle, I just used a good old rubberband to keep it in place near the flat wide section of the crochet hook. The rubberband worked pretty well. There are a couple of options for using keeping the tapestry needle in place. The tapestry needle-hook combo is my favorite way to make the bullion stitch. It can be made fairly quick and slides right off the needle and hook combination. An additional tip to keep in mind is to wrap the roll of yarn loosely. It is not necessary for it to be tight. Being loose will let it pass freely.

You can purchase your plastic tubing from any home improvement store. Automotive stores will have tubing and rubber hoses but they might cost a little but more if they are heat and chemical resistant. I wound up purchasing the rolls of 10' and 20'. I paid about $5.00 for both rolls. It was much cheaper than the little package with the weedeater tube.

Plastic Tubing Sizes:

1/4" x .170 -Used with the "F" hook to hold the tapestry needle. Also used with the "F" hook to form bullion over the plastic tubing.

3/8" x 1/4" - Used with the "I" hook to hold the tapestry needle.

Cable Plastic Tubing- I would not recommend tearing up your cable TV tubing that you are currently using. Only i f you have some old cable around the house. It does have metal inside and is hard to cut. All you need is the plastic from the cable. You will want to scrub any residue off of your cable. Mine was sticky so the yarn stuck to it somewhat but it did work better than the results I was getting from the hook alone.

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  1. I have struggled with this technique for years. I can manage to do them but it takes working each over and over till it is correct. I am heading out to buy a new tapestry needle and some tubing.

    Thanks ever so much for the video. That was excellent.

  2. Oh thank you for teaching us this! I've seen it but never tried. Now I know how!

  3. You are welcome. I am trying to take difficult techniques and make them simple.

  4. thanks so much! I struggled for days and days, making bullion stitches that looked exactly like your before stitches in the youtube video. I'm going to try this new technique tonight.

  5. plainrose,
    You are welcome. I hope you have great success. This was a stitch I struggled with for years until I started trying different devices on my crochet hook. It is great fun once you get the hang of it.

  6. wow wow wow...just found your video on how to do the bullion stitch with the plastic tubing and darning needle
    cant thank you enough for being so inventive
    adding a link to my blog..soooooooooo pleased to have found this technique
    cant thank you enough

  7. This is the coolest thing I have seen in many years. This is an invention that is worthy of patenting.
    Have tried to do the bullion in the past but would lose interest because of the difficulty. Thanks, Patrick

  8. Your article covers all the major aspects of the topic. Simply amazing. embroidery digitizing


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