For my very first bags I made handles from crocheted cord, but then I decided to abandon the idea of adding eyelets to the bags. So, knitting a strong, beautiful, and thick cord turned out to be not so simple. I searched for a method for a long time, tried various options, and so far, I haven't found anything more suitable.
For those who want to make a similar cord, I've created step-by-step photos with descriptions.
So here's how you can do it:
Cast on 5-10 stitches (I used 7) and crochet a row with single crochet stitches. I used a 3.5 mm crochet hook and yarn with 110 m/100 g, which is quite thick. Experiment with the yarn thickness, crochet hook size, and the number of stitches to find the version that suits you.
Flip the work. Now we need to join the work in a ring. Arrows indicate the loops through which we will crochet the next row of single crochet stitches.
Joined in a ring and start crocheting the next row. The loop-bridges through which the new row is crocheted are the loops pulled through during the single crochet stitch. Just take a close look at how you crochet a single crochet stitch, how a loop-bridge is formed on the back of the work, and everything will become clear.
Crochet the first stitch after joining the work in a ring.
The first stitch of the new row is ready.
Our work is already starting to resemble a cord! Continue crocheting — find the loop-bridges on the outer side of the work and crochet single crochet stitches through them. I've marked the needed bridges and direction with arrows.
After a couple of rows, you'll find it much easier to navigate through the loops! The cord doesn't crochet very quickly—it took me almost 2 hours for about one and a half meters (and nearly 100 g of yarn). However, it looks good, is sturdy, and doesn't stretch too much.
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