Chain stitches are the basic building blocks of crochet, after all, they are the basis for the start of most crochet projects; however, they are useful as standalone components too. Let’s examine a few different options to make long ties that may be used as drawstrings, ties or other practical or decorative parts of a finished project.
#1 – Of course, there is the basic chain stitch string. Simply chain as many as you need to achieve the desired length, weave in the ends and voila! You have a perfectly nice drawstring. But is there a way to make a more substantial, decorative string? Of course!
Let’s consider the anatomy of the basic chain string. From the front there are two loops, one on top and one on the bottom and in the back there is a bump. All three provide a valid location for working additional stitches.
#2 – Try working a row of slip stitches in the top chain from the front. This produces a pretty, thicker cord from the front that resembles a knit stitch. The back has a pretty series of bumps that reminds me of a rope chain necklace. Add some beading and this would make a pretty piece of crochet jewelry!
#3 – As an alternative, work the row of slip stitches in the bottom chain from the front. This produces a rounded rope with a typical chain look from the front and a very round rope effect from the back. I especially like this version for ties on a bonnet, drawstring on pants or a hoodie.
#4 – Flip the beginning chain over and work a row of slip stitches in the back bump. This produces a flatter cord that appears to have two rows of knit look stitches on the front and purl look stitches on the back. I like to use this string as a decorative ribbon that ties nicely into a bow. This also looks great as a thin headband, bracelet or even tie belt.
Try them all out and have fun experimenting!
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