Crochet Cord Instructions


Crochet cord is used for slipper laces, hat ties and decorative trims. Narrow chain stitch cord slips easily through small spaces while thicker slip stitch cord makes a sturdy tie or an eye-catching decoration. The first step in making a slip stitch cord is making a chain stitch cord. So once you learn how to make one type of cord you are halfway toward learning to make the other type.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook

Chain Stitch Cord

  • Tie a slip knot in the yarn, leaving a 3-inch tail.

  • Put your crochet hook through the slip knot and tighten the knot loosely.

  • Hold the short tail of the yarn and use the hook to pull a bit of the long piece of yarn through the slip knot, dropping it off. You will now have a new loop of yarn on the hook.

  • Grab the yarn with the hook again and pull it through the new loop. Repeat this to form a chain of stitches. This is a chain stitch cord. It is used whenever you need a narrow cord. For example to lace up slippers.

  • Chain stitch until your cord is the desired length. Cut the yarn a few inches from the last loop and draw it through the last loop. Pull it tight to finish the cord.

Slip Stitch Cord

  • Make a chain stitch cord the length you desire the finished slip stitch cord to be. Leave one loop on the hook. Do not cut the yarn.

  • Turn the chain over so the stitches that look like a chain are on the underside. This side has a single row of raised stitches.

  • Put your hook underneath the closest stitch of yarn.

  • Grab the yarn with your hook and pull a loop through. You now have two loops on your hook.

  • Pull the loop closest to the hook through the other loop. This is called a "slip stitch."

  • Put your hook under the next stitch and repeat the two previous steps until you reach the end of the cord.

  • Finish the cord by cutting the yarn a few inches from the last loop and pulling the yarn through the last loop. Pull the yarn tight. This is a slip stitch cord.

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