Have you ever been working on a crochet pattern for a bag or basket only to discover the handle is difficult to complete, or just doesn't suit your needs? The fact is, some handle patterns are very involved and overly complicated, but all is not lost because there is hope.
This is a crochet pattern for a simple double crochet handle that is perfect for anyone at any skill level.
Here is the list of items you should have ready before you start this project.
- Yarn: You can use any yarn you choose; however, the number of stitches you will need to do will depend on the weight of your yarn.
- Crochet hook: A size H/5.0mm hook was used in this example, but you can use the hook of your choice.
- Yarn needle
- Pipe cleaner: Used to help the handle keep its shape.
The stitches used
There are very few techniques used to make this handle and they include;
- Chain: CH
- Slip stitch: SL
- Double crochet: DC
The other abbreviation you will need to know is “ST,” which in this case means “stitch.”
- Chain 49 (With worsted weight yarn this should result in a 16” handle.)
- Row 1: *1 DC second CH from the hook, 1 DC each ST across*, CH 2, turn
- Row 2: Repeat row 1 from * to *, turn
- Row 3. SL in the next 4 DC, fold the piece in half [with the pipe cleaner in the center], SL [both sides together] in each of ST across (40 SL) [leaving the last 4 ST unworked], fasten off.
Now sew in your yarn tails, and you are ready to attach it to your piece.
There are a number of ways to attach this handle to your project, and they include;
- Buttons: Sew on a button to each side of the piece, and button the handle on.
- Ribbon: Thread the ribbon around a stitch of your main piece, then through around a stitch on the handle and secure. Repeat the steps on both ends.
- Sew on: Using matching yarn and a yarn needle you can hand stitch the handle to your piece.
- Crochet on: Slip stitch to attach a new strand of yarn, and slip stitch across the bottom of the handle, bind off, secure, then repeat on the other side.
If sharing this pattern, please share the link to this site. You may print a copy for your personal use, but please don’t print copies to share with others without permission.
Have an arts or craft business or event in or around Louisville, Kentucky that you’d like to share? Email ThreesiaGoff@Yahoo.com to learn how to be featured.
Follow Threesia's Louisville Arts and Crafts Examiner column (it's completely anonymous) by clicking subscribe at the top of the page.