The Romanian cord is a flat cord with a striking texture that is the same on both sides. It’s a perfect option for things like drawstrings, ties, bag handles, straps, or even belts! The easy technique starts with 2 setup stitches, and then is just one simple stitch repeated for the desired length of your cord.
Romanian Cord – Photo Tutorial:
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Note: It is very important to work all stitches loosely for this technique. You may want to use a larger hook than you would normally use for your yarn.
Set up stitches:
First, chain 2 and work a single crochet into the 2nd chain from your hook. As you do this, pay attention to your turning chain (the one you did not work into). It will fold up alongside your stitch, and create a small loop on the side.
Turn, and single crochet into this side loop.
Notice as you do this that each single crochet (including the previous one you made), forms 2 little loops just under your hook. You will find the 2 loops from the previous stitch along the side edge.
Turn, and single crochet into the 2 side loops. These two loops were created by your very first stitch.
Repeat this last step until you reach your desired length. After a few more stitches, you should see a flat, textured cord start to form. Since we are turning with every stitch, it will look the same on both sides.
What will you do with your Romanian cords? Try using them in place of any drawstring or tie on your favorite patterns, tie one around a gift for that extra special touch, or sew the ends together to make a quick bracelet!
Romanian Cord – Video Tutorial: