Saturday, January 1, 2011

How To Make Granny Straps

These are the straps I designed for the secret hex bag.  Below are charts, written instructions, and a video.  Plus a bonus alternate two-row version.  Yay!

My suggestion is that you look at the chart, watch the video, and go for it.  If you absolutely must, read the written directions, but they are super-wordy even though the straps are pretty simple to make.

Granny Strap Written Directions
Row 1: Make an odd number of foundation single crochet (fsc)  stitches.  

Stop making that face ... it's easy!  If you don't believe me, click through to my tutorial and read all the comments that say how happy everyone is that they finally learned to do fsc.  You can do it.  Trust me!!!  My tutorial has a video and step-by-step photos.  And, you can ALWAYS email me.  I bet you'll have it mastered in 10 minutes, tops.

Row 2: Make two single crochet (sc) stitches in the top of the third fsc, chain 1, * skip 1 fsc, 2 sc in next fsc , chain 1 repeat from *  until you get to the last fsc.  In the last fsc make 2 sc (in the top of the fsc), chain 2, 2 sc (in the side/end of the fsc), chain 2, 2 sc (in the bottom of the fsc making sure to catch center bar of fsc so there is no yarn between the 2 sc in the top of the fsc and the 2 sc in the bottom of the fsc), chain 1. Along the bottom of the fsc row * skip 1 fsc, 2 sc in next fsc , chain 1 repeat from *  until you get to the last fsc. In the last fsc make 2 sc, chain 2, 2 sc, chain 2, 2 sc, chain 1. Skip an fsc, 2sc in next fsc, slip stitch to top of first sc of Row 2, pull a loop through the last stitch, cut yarn and pull end through, and tie a square knot on the back of the strap with the beginning and ending yarn ends.

Row 3: In the chain space to the left of the start of row 2, make 2 sc, chain 1, * skip 1 fsc, 2 sc in next fsc , chain 1 repeat from *  until you get to the 2 chain corner.  In the 2 chain corner make 4 sc, chain 1, in the next 2 chain corner, make 4 sc, chain 1. Along the bottom edge * skip 1 fsc, 2 sc in next fsc , chain 1 repeat from *  until you get to the 2 chain corner.  In the 2 chain corner make 4 sc, chain 1, in the next 2 chain corner, make 4 sc, chain 1.  Make 2 sc over the slip stitch that completed Row2 trying to hide the knot, if you can, slip stitch to top of first sc of Row 3, pull a loop through the last stitch, cut yarn and pull end through, and tie a square knot on the back of the strap with the beginning and ending yarn ends.

Finishing: Weave in yarn ends.


Here is a two-row version I used on the phone cozy I made.

Row 1: Make an odd number of foundation single crochet (fsc)  stitches.

Row 2: Start with top of third fsc, make one *single crochet, chain one, skip an fsc, repeat from * until you get to then last fsc.  In the last fsc, sc, chain 1, sc, chain 1, 1 sc to work around the end of the fsc row.  Along the bottom of the sc (be sure to catch the center piece of yarn) chain 1, skip one fsc, *single crochet, chain one, skip an fsc, repeat from * until you get to then last fsc. In the last fsc, sc, chain 1, sc, chain 1, 1 sc to work around the end of the fsc row.  Slip stitch to the first sc.

Feedback welcome and encouraged!
Let me know if you have any questions or anything is confusing.
83 Comments (comments are disabled)

shumaila said ...
WOW! Thank you Alice! I haven't gone through the pattern yet but can't wait to start making these.
1/1/2011 8:31 AM

Lyn-de-lou said ...
Awh! Fantastic and thank you so much (since I did ask about it twice I thought I should at least thank you once ;-)
1/1/2011 12:42 PM

Hana K. said ...
I love version 2 of the strap! Definitely will be making it :) Thank you for sharing the pattern! Happy New Year!
1/1/2011 12:48 PM

Dana said ...
Thanks! I watched the video and I can't wait to try it.
1/1/2011 1:11 PM

Kerry said ...
Wow these look lovely thank you for sharing!
1/1/2011 1:31 PM

jodie said ...
Oh Alice you torment me with all this crazy crochet goodness. I bought the ami book by June and it is great, my crochet however is not.......but today's is better than onward I go into the land of crochet!
1/1/2011 6:05 PM

futuregirl replied ...
jodie ... You can do it! You rock at crafting of all sorts! :)
1/3/2011 11:57 AM

Sara said ...
Hi Alice. I really like your hexagon bag! I will be sharing a few at next week. I hope you don't mind I would like to share a couple of your photos and a link to your granny strap how to. You have so many great tutorials! Thank you for sharing your lovely blog. Happy New Year!
1/1/2011 10:40 PM

Michelle said ...
Beautiful, colorful, lovely! Hope you have a great 2011, full of..., well beauty, color and love. :0)
1/2/2011 2:39 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Michelle ... I wish you all the best for 2011, too!
1/3/2011 11:58 AM

Rachel said ...
Ooh I love these! I want one to wear as a headband. And maybe as a belt! Thanks so much for this, I'll have to link in my next Crochet Roundup.
1/2/2011 3:39 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Rachel ... Oh! Great ideas! :) (you've inspired the commenters after you, too!)
1/3/2011 11:56 AM

Kavitha said ...
Oh wasn't that quick? Great colorful handwritten charts...
1/3/2011 2:28 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Kavitha ... Well, the truth is I recorded the video in October, but everyone's votes gave me the push I needed to edit them and draw up the charts. I don't have any of the rest of the bag stuff ready, though. Lots of work to be done, still! :)
1/3/2011 2:54 AM

Michelle said ...
Happy New Year Alice! I definitely need to try this and I like Rachel's idea for a headband or belt! I nominated you for a Stylish Blogger Award! To accept, just visit my blog and pass along the award.
1/3/2011 7:12 AM

lunefantasy said ...
I love your post, because there is a lot of humour and it's..... so cute, the colors ... humm I love it

Happy new year to you
love and hapiness
1/3/2011 11:47 AM

futuregirl replied ...
lunefantasy ... Happy New Year to you, too!
1/3/2011 11:58 AM

Sus said ...
How fun! Hmmm... I wonder how these would look felted? I sense another little project in my future! :D
1/3/2011 3:13 PM

Tara said ...
Thanks, Alice. I made one yesterday and it turned out so cute. Can't wait for the rest! ;)
1/4/2011 8:04 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Tara ... Awesome! You're on the ball. :) (unlike me and my sluggish comment-answering)
1/20/2011 6:19 PM

Sister Diane said ...
Yippeee! Thank you so much for tutorializing these. I can't wait to make more!
1/4/2011 11:53 AM

Wendy said ...
Oh boy! I came hear via Craft and now I'm so excited about this project! This is definitely going on my drafty to do list for the year.
1/4/2011 12:36 PM

victoria said ...
Ohmygosh!! SUPER CUTE!!! love the pattern, love the colours!
thank you for posting this.. i will have to try this after i finish up my open projects!! :D
oh and happy new year :)
1/6/2011 12:06 PM

Those are super cute! I love grannies! I have a file box full of black & white ones. About half of what I need for an afghan or 100x more than I need for any other project! Hah!
1/6/2011 4:14 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Heather - Dollar Store Crafts ... Maybe everyone on your Christmas list needs a granny tote? ;) You've got a head start on 2011 gifts!
1/20/2011 6:00 PM

Jackie said ...
Great tutorial
1/6/2011 5:40 PM

Heather said ...
I followed you a few years ago, but did not have time or energy with small children to master crochet (I am a knitter). I am back and excited to try this. I crocheted a hat for my niece this holiday season and it was super cute!!
1/6/2011 11:03 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Heather ... The Hex bag is a great beginner project. Easy and super cute. :) Thanks for the sweet comment.
1/20/2011 6:01 PM

pam said ...
You know i can't crochet! But i am saving this one! I like to believe that one day i can make a strap! Or at the very least use it as a mini scarf for a creature or snowman!
1/7/2011 11:57 AM

Tara said ...
I am so excited for you to finish up this series!! This purse is sooo cute!
1/12/2011 11:17 PM

Beth said ...
Thanks! Love this pattern...and the hex bag. Awesome way to use up all my little bits and pieces.....40yrs of crochet = tons of scraps just waiting for an evening project.
1/14/2011 9:38 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Beth ... You probably have enough scraps for more than one bag after 40 years! :)
1/20/2011 6:02 PM

TheCr8iveLife said ...
I have added these to my list for the Thing-a-Day challenge for February! Can't wait for the next part!
1/14/2011 11:51 AM

futuregirl replied ...
TheCr8iveLife ... Awesome! It's cool to be a part of your crafty plans. :)
1/20/2011 6:08 PM

Cathy said ...
I laughed at the 'Stop making that face ... it's easy!' comment.. it's like you were in my living room.. I'm thinking of making these longer and doing lots and making afghans from the scraps I have all over my house.

1/14/2011 5:59 PM

Amanda said ...
Hi! I was just wondering what size hook you used for this?

BTW... Too cute!
1/14/2011 10:46 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Amanda ... I wanted super duper tight stitches, so I used a 3.75mm hook for the bag and straps. But anything size would work.
1/20/2011 6:09 PM

Annette said ...
Love this bag & straps! I got to finish a rug I am working on then I want to learn this! Thanks so much for sharing your work.
1/15/2011 6:47 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Annette ... Thanks for the sweet comment. Glad you like it!
1/20/2011 6:10 PM

Alice, I love your blog, been following it for ages! I enjoy your posts!
This granny strap is great! Thaks for the tutorial
1/18/2011 2:46 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Saskia @ craftyvalley ... Thank you!
1/18/2011 3:00 AM

Nett said ...
I am VERY excited to join in on this CAL, but I was wondering - how much yarn will we need in total to complete the whole bag? I wanted to make everything from the same yarns and dye lot so it'd be awesome to know yarn reqs before starting. THANKYOU! Its all so pretty. :D
1/20/2011 7:05 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Nett ... Oh, man. I don't know. The next post is going to have more information about the number of colors I used, etc. I'll give it some thought and put the answers in that post. Also, since the colors aren't touching, if your green was a tiny bit off in one motif from another motif, no one would EVER know. Seriously. Dye lots are most important when you have large blocks of solid color.
1/20/2011 6:21 PM

Nett said ...
True, but if I don't have any where near enough yarn in the kinds that I have stashed that I thought would be great for this project then I want to change to a different kind of yarn! :D xD Thankyou, though :D
1/20/2011 9:40 PM

sabina said ...
dear alice
thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial which have finally solved the straps problem. As soon as I can I will take some photo of my recently hexagone bag to show you the result. If you like take a look to my photo on Flickr, my nick name there is Akatha. For the moment thank you-thank you and kisses from Rome.
I always read you newsletters and enjoy..its a shame live so far.. ;D
1/24/2011 2:15 PM

futuregirl replied ...
sabina ... Thank you for the sweet comment! It is a shame we live so far apart. I looked at your Flickr and you make beautiful things. I would love to see your hexagone bag when you post photos.
1/27/2011 12:49 PM

Clotilde M. said ...
Love the colors you picked!
1/25/2011 6:22 PM

Sophie said ...
This is SO GREAT !!! Thanks a lot for sharing !
2/12/2011 12:17 AM

Ellen said ...
Wow, I collect granny square patterns (amongst many others) plus have a dozen old magazines devoted only to granny squares + two old granny square books, but have yet to see this strap method. Very impressive.
2/26/2011 11:25 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Ellen ... Wow! I'm impressed that I seem to have come up with something original. How often does that happen? Even when you aren't actually copying someone, it's rare that someone else hasn't already come up with it separate from you. :)
2/27/2011 11:22 PM

Sarah said ...
I love these granny straps! I used your tutorial (although I changed the stitches to half double crochet and double crochet to make the strap wider) to make a strap for the bag I am working on. I shared it, with a link to your tutorial, on my blog. I hope that's okay! (I am a new blogger and am still learning the etiquette) Thanks for sharing this with us.
4/11/2011 6:12 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Sarah ... Thanks for stopping by to let me know about your post! I love your version. :)
4/13/2011 11:52 PM

Joey Ramone said ...
Hi Alice! This is so clever and so pretty! I was looking for a pretty strap to make for a crocheted acorn-shaped bag I'm making, and this is perfect, so thank you! I found this link via Pinterest.
Kind regards
4/26/2011 10:03 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Joey Ramone ... Yay! Thanks for the sweet comment! :)
4/27/2011 3:19 PM

Sally said ...
I am going to make a baby blanket out of this pattern
5/18/2011 2:17 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Sally ... That sounds like a great idea!
5/19/2011 1:13 AM

amber said ...
I was wondering if you don't won't to change the yarn after the FSC then how would you start the 2nd round. I was thinking about making one for a scarf. I think the FSC is very interesting. Can't wait to try it.
8/13/2011 9:33 PM

futuregirl replied ...
amber ... I would chain one after I finished the fsc, then make the two sc in the end of the fsc row (I'm referring to the two pink sideways sc on left), then continue around. Then, when you get to the last two chains ... just do one chain and slip stitch to the first sc. For the third row, chain two, then do the 4 sc in the bottom left corner's chain space and work your way around. If you are going to do more rows, you may want to do something different at the corners ... like always do *sc ch ch sc* in the corners until your last row and _then_ do the 4 sc in the corners (which looks nicer on the last row than having a two chain corner). Hope that helps!
8/13/2011 10:37 PM

Kori said ...
So simple it is lovely! I could see these making beautiful straps, edgings, or bands for knitted garments.
9/13/2011 5:29 PM

julie said ...
i am really excited to try this pattern and i think i have the technique of the foundation single crochet down...but i'm not sure what hook size to use. i'm tempted to use and I bc i am using this pattern to make a belt. suggestions???
11/30/2011 5:42 PM

futuregirl replied ...
julie ... Glad you like it! :) Give it a try with a small swatch and see how it looks. Then adjust your hook size if you find it's too loose or too tight. Experiment. :)
11/30/2011 5:55 PM

Milissa said ...
Thank you! My mom is always breaking her purse straps but she has a purse that she loves. So I made these for her and she loves them! She wants another set for Christmas. Thank you!
12/11/2011 10:27 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Milissa ... That's awesome! Thank you for letting me know. :)
12/17/2011 12:44 AM

BeaHoney said ...
Thanks for the great tutorial! Thank-you to Amber for a great question about using a single colour. I made this as a belt in ivory Bernat handicrafter cotton. So far I have gone around twice and it has given me a 1" wide belt. If my daughter wants a 2" wide belt I'll go around one more time.
3/21/2012 10:18 PM

Cherish said ...
I'm a little late to the party, but I wanted to thank you for the granny strap tutorial. I used this pattern this weekend to make straps for my granny stripe purse. The straps are really terrific and so unique! Everyone keeps commenting on them.. Thanks for sharing this! I linked back to your tutorial from my blog ( I hope you don't mind.
3/26/2012 10:34 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Cherish ... Of course I don't mind! Thank you for the link and the sweet comment. :)
5/16/2012 7:56 PM

Robin said ...
Thank you for the wonderful tutorials for this purse! I've made two as gifts and I have plans to make at least two more. I did have a question about the straps, though. I think they are so lovely, but mine came out a bit flimsy and they curled up after they were completed (becoming tube-like). Do you have any advice on correcting these problems? I don't know what I did wrong.
4/22/2012 7:21 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Robin ... So happy that you're getting milage out of this pattern! :) It sounds like your edge rows on the granny straps are tighter than mine ... you could probably fix that by adding in some stitches. Either do 3 sc (instead of 2) in the cluster rows or make a 2 chain space (instead of 1). Maybe do a short-ish strap and test out some variations and see what works best for your crochet tension. :)
5/16/2012 7:59 PM

Jenn said ...
Beautiful! This will make a lovely addition to some purses I am making. Thank you so much for posting!!
5/2/2012 1:10 PM

Tara said ...
Saving my life once again with this wonderful idea, Alice! Great tutorial, can't wait to try it out and make my bags even prettier!
5/28/2012 2:07 PM

Sanne said ...
Thanks Alice - love your video ;)
Hugs from Denmark
8/9/2012 5:53 AM

Bernadette said ...
Many thanks to share this pattern. Finaly I can end my wonderfull granny square back.
8/13/2012 9:20 PM

Debbie Medearis said ...
Alice, Thank You! I've used a lot of tutorials but none are as great as yours. Great patterns and wonderful creativity! You are an inspiration for those of us who love to crochet but are still developing our skills!
8/22/2012 5:20 PM

Jessica said ...
Thanks for posting this pattern. I was looking for ideas to make into a belt for my 4yr old girl, and this will be perfect!
11/16/2013 9:16 AM

Annette Leader said ...
i used your granny straps as a strap on and around my basic granny square every day purse... it shows off the purse beautifully... i love your patterns
1/20/2014 12:20 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Annette Leader ... Awesome! Thank you for the sweet comment.
1/24/2014 9:58 PM

Rachel said ...
I used this pattern to create a baby blanket. looks really pretty. Thank you for sharing this pattern with everyone. It was greatly appreciated.
4/29/2014 6:42 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Rachel ... You're welcome! :)
5/3/2014 3:21 PM

Dottie said ...
You don't say how long to make the straps, and I understand that is a personal choice. I was just wondering how long yours are. I made my bag a little taller by adding one more hex to each row, so it's a little bit more long and narrow, but it will hold more!
6/12/2014 11:30 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Dottie ... I measured the straps on a tote I already have and made them the same length. I gave away the crocheted bag and I don't have the tote anymore so I have nothing to measure for you ... sorry!
6/21/2014 12:30 AM

Celia said ...
I just finished the band is for my daughter camera is so beautiful thank you so much for the time to do the video since I'am a visual person and I can not fallow written instructions. love it thank you thank you and many many than yous.
8/31/2014 9:57 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Celia ... Yay! Thank you for the sweet comment.
9/7/2014 7:25 PM
Dana Sheridan said ...
Hello, Thank you so much for the tutorial on the granny strap! I love it. I used the pattern to make a little girl's "Fairy Handbag". I put a link on my blog to your page. Here is the link to my blog:
Thanks again! Dana
7/18/2015 9:37 AM