This little crochet hook may look innocent, but it’s actually an escape artist that spends most of its time on the run.
I use it for adding beads to knitting (and the occasional bit of wire crochet) and I’m always losing it. Whether it’s down the back of the sofa, under a coffee table or even at my parent’s house, this hook is like a toddler when it comes to running off. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and find a method of making it stay put. I settled on a crochet hook wrist strap, so I can keep an eye on it whilst it’s in use and the strap should make it easier to spot if it gets loose.
To make the wrist strap, I used 1mm Hemp Twine in Black and Red and some masking tape.
I use the Hemp Twine for all sorts of things and I can’t remember exactly what I have as the labels are long gone, but this twine on eBay looks pretty much the same as mine.
My husband had some Tamiya 10mm masking tape for his wargaming miniatures, so that’s what I used, but any making tape that is reasonably sticky should do the job.
Making the Crochet Hook Wrist Strap – Step By Step
The first job was to wrap the handle of the hook in masking tape to give the cord something to grip.
Next, I cut three, three feet long lengths of the hemp twine and plaited them. I used two black strands and one red strand because those are the only colours I had to hand, but you could have a lot of fun with this! To make it easier to braid, I tied an overhand knot at one end of the twine, then masking taped it to my desk. The braid was completed with another overhand knot and I trimmed the ends. It’s important to have 1/2″ – 1″ long ends, because this is what is attached to the hook.
Step 3 was the fiddly bit – securing the twine to the hook! I pushed the knots up the base of the hook, then used masking tape to secure the ends of the braid to the hook. This took a couple of goes to get right, but you should end up with the knots covering the base of the hook, and the ends spread around the shaft of the handle. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bit lumpy – mine certainly is!
The final step is to secure the handle to the hook with something a little more secure than masking tape. To do this, I decided to use French Whipping using the same hemp twine, which I have used for something similar with good results. Essentially a series of Half Hitch knots, the beauty of this technique is that you can pull really, really hard to get a secure join. When making the whipping, try to push each knot against the previous knot for a neat finish and pull as hard as you comfortably can! Cover the whole of the making taped area with whipping, then add a bit more below the masking tape for a decorative handle.
When finished, we have this:
The completed crochet hook wrist strap looks like this:
To use the crochet hook wrist strap, you can either just slip it on as is, or my preference is to use a Lark’s Head knot by feeding the crochet hook though the handle loop. I prefer this because it means the hook is less likely to fly off when in use!
Whilst I don’t think this hook’s escaping days are over, the crochet hook wrist strap should make it easier to find! The addition of the strap hasn’t affected the use of the hook and, if anything, the whipping on the handle has made it easier to control. I’ve given the strap a thorough shake and I’ve even swung it round my head a few times and it shows no signs of coming loose. I’m hoping that this handle will be durable and will allow me to bead in peace, without having to play hunt the crochet hook!