eye-catching strap. If you decide to make it into a strap, calculate enough braid to fold over the purse ring you will be using and sew on the back side.
This braid is based on the crochet I-cord, if you do not know how to make this cord or rope, please refer to this tutorial:
How to Make Crochet I-Cord Ropes
Worsted weight yarn of your choice in 4 different colors to match or contrast your bag
Crochet hook size H
Pillow to pin ropes to for braiding
Measuring tape (if you need to measure length of braid to fit your bag)
Purse rings of choice (if using for a strap)
Make balls for each color you will be using. Work 1 rope or I-cord per color. Make each rope twice as long as the finished item.
Leave one end of the rope attached to the yarn in the ball, just in case you need more rope. Once you finish your strap, you can easily fasten off, but if you miscalculate and do not have enough rope and have severed the yarn, you then have to start all over again, whereas if you run out of rope before you're done braiding, you can easily pin the part you have braided to secure it and crochet the necessary length of rope and finish your strap or braid without a problem.
To make the braid proceed as follows:
Mentally number your ropes 1, 2, 3 and 4, counting from the left to the right.
1- Cross rope 2 over rope 3 from left to right, place the end of rope 3 over rope 1, and the end of rope 2 underrope 4, moving from left to right.
Repeat the same steps for as long as needed to complete your embellishing braid or fancy purse strap!