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Crochet a non stretchy woven look crochet bag strap
The practicality of no stretch crochet bag straps is critical and not for funzies. These tips will prevent saggy purse straps. Stretchy straps are a downfall of many crochet bags causing the bag to hang down considerably farther than you envision in your mind as you start your project.
It can cause you to not end up using the bag much, if at all. There are some steps you can take to prevent the dreaded bag sagging to your knees when it has more than a feather and twig inside of it.
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What good is a bag if it isn’t worth carrying? We like pretty things of course but bags mainly are for function at the end of the day. We use them to carry things as well as complement our outfit. Beach bags, fashion bags, and tote bags all need no stretch crochet bag straps.
In the first installment of this no stretch crochet bag strap series, I showed you a method to make crochet straps free form that needs to be attached to the bag. In this installment, I will show you how to work the strap directly into the top area of the bag for a seamless design.
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See video tutorial at end of post.
This technique is suitable for these styles of bags.
How to crochet a no stretch strap
The same principles used in version 1 are employed here in this version.
#1 Use a smaller hook. I am using a 3.5mm hook for cotton aran yarn. With every stitch, it decreases the amount of space between rows and stitches thus lessening how much it will stretch. You know stitches, give them an inch and they take a mile!
#2 Use stitches that are supported by other stitches. I am using two styles for this instructional. This is so the stitch is joined to other stitches preventing movement. Think of it as leaning on a friend in a time of need. This need being crochet bag straps that don’t stretch!
Row 1. Strap should be at least 8 stitches wide. That will help with the support – more stitches more support. Instead of working your hook into the first stitch, go UNDER the stitch somewhat similar to a waistcoat stitch. It will look woven like the waistcoat stitch but you won’t split the single crochet (you generally need a larger hook for the waistcoat stitch but we want a smaller hook for a no stretch strap.
This will rely on two rows below to support this row. Work across to desired strap width. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: This row will use linked stitches as shown on the farmhouse striped dishtowel free pattern.
Work a sc in first st. *Put hook into same stitch and pull up a loop. Go into next stitch and pull up another loop. 3 loops on hook now Draw up a loop and pull through all three loops.* Repeat from * to * to end of row.
Finishing a no stretch crochet bag strap
Repeat row 1 & 2 to desired length. Slip stitch into other end of bag to secure. It will look like this. It has a beautiful woven look but it has been done entirely with your crochet hook.