Recently I was working on a new pattern for a tote and was in need of some nice handles. I looked online for leather or chain handles but nothing seemed quite right. I really didn’t want to go with the same old crocheted band handles either….what to do? I started looking for ideas and stumbled upon a few tutorials for Romanian Cords. There are several versions, and they are all quite lovely. I think they would make fantastic jewelry, trim, drawstrings and more, but back to my handles…..I tweaked a bit and came up with this version which I’m very pleased with. You’ll have to wait a bit to see the bag, but you can play with making the cord while you wait!
At first this stitch is awkward, but once you get the hang of it, you fly right through it. It is sturdy, has nice texture and is flat-ish. I found that by working two strands together of a worsted weight cotton I had the perfect thickness for my needs.
So here’s how you do it….
Start with a chain 3 and work a single crochet in the second chain from the hook. In the picture below, note the loop that is marked as #2. This is the loop you will work your next stitch into, but you must turn your work clockwise and work it from the back.
In this next picture you can see the #2 stitch marked again. This is what it looks like from the “back”. Work a single crochet into the loop marked below. Note the loops marked as #3. This is the position where you will work your next stitch and every stitch hereafter, but again from the back, so turn your work clockwise again.
For the third single crochet, and each single crochet hereafter, insert hook in the two loops as marked below and work a single crochet to complete.
And there you go! A beautiful, sturdy cord! Easy right? Just remember to keep turning clockwise and don’t work too tightly or it will be difficult to insert your hook in subsequent stitches! You may find it useful to mark the position for the first few stitches until you get the hang of it.
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