Starting a bead crochet rope can be tricky. It is awkward to incorporate the beads as there is not much there to hold on to to begin with.  So I appreciated Russian bead crocheter, Karina Turchina's approach of starting with several rows of crochet without any beads!    If you make this section deep enough, you could manage with using smaller end caps too as it is not as thick as the beaded section!

The tutorial is in Russian. But you do not need to know the language to see her demos.  She also shows two suggestions strengthen the rope so it maintains its shape.  One is a reinforced plastic tubing and the other is just regular cotton stuffing. 

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