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How to crochet a no stretch bag strap
A crochet bag strap that uses the thermal stitch. This is a sturdy low stretch bag strap option for your crochet bag pattern.
This strap uses some of the principles I have outlined in my other low and no stretch bag straps that combine to result in a stitch that has minimal stretch.
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The thermal stitch has a woven appearance that is classic and suits many bag styles. Try it as a guitar strap too! It is gender neutral and is less ornate that some of the other stitches included in the no stretch crochet strap options.
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How to work the thermal stitch bag strap
This version is for a strap that will be worked directly into handbag hardware. Use this if you are using a D- ring or a combination of a D or round ring combined with hinged hardware as shown.
If you like the hardware I used you can find it on amazon via the links below:
If you need a strap that can be worked directly into the bag with no hardware see this version.
Materials to crochet the thermal stitch bag strap
Category 4 yarn
6 mm and 4 mm crochet hooks (I am using this 4 mm crochet hook to sharply and smoothly work the corner stitches)
Step 1: Attach first row to hardware. Create a U shape with yarn leaving a 7″ tail. Using your 6 mm hook, pull U through hardware then work a sc that will result in two strands being pulled though the loop. This will secure the tail and work yarn to the hardware.
For convenience, use a piece of tape to attach tail to opposite end of hardware. Working under both the tail and hardware, cast on as many stitches as completely fills the length of the hardware. Do not stitch tightly. Remove tape and release tail (weave in at end of project). See image.
Row 2: Ch 1 turn. Work another row of sc. ch 1 turn. Switch to 4 mm hook.
Row 3: Begin setup row for thermal stitch. Insert hook into back loop AND stitches shown below from row 1. Work across row. Ch 1 turn.
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Row 4: Work should look staggered like stadium seating now. See below. Work into back loop only on top row and front loop on bottom, then finish the sc stitch. Ch 1 turn. The corner last stitch will look bunchy but there is a stitch there. Don’t miss it. Keep count so each row has the same stitch count.
Using a well pointed crochet hook such as the one I have helps make that easier. Very rounded tips will be more challenging. My hook is linked in the materials section above.
Repeat row 4 until strap is the length you want.
Finishing your no stretch crochet bag strap
Insert hook under entire stitch on top row and front loop of bottom . This will make the work flush (even).
Step 2: Attach to other end of hardware.
Once you’ve completed the final row, do not chain one. Bring hardware up to base of strap and attach loop on hook to hardware by drawing up a loop and slip stitch to secure. Remove hook, cut 12″ length tail and thread to a tapestry needle.
Loop yarn over hardware and insert needle into corresponding stitch below, keeping yarn snug. After attaching to end of row, securely work long tail into strap body. This anchors the final stitch so don’t skimp on weaving this long end in well.
This style of finishing prevents bulk and keeps it closely matched to how the starting end looks.