Crocheted Yoga Mat Carrying Strap

I love it when a new interest lends itself to an old passion!

That’s exactly what happened this week when I made the investment of buying my own yoga mat. As investments go, it was quite affordable – I found a mat at Walmart for $7.99. It turns out yoga is easy on the pocketbook!

The mat didn’t come with a carrying strap or case, however. That’s okay, because I took one look at the straps for sale, which were basically a long strip with a hole in each end, and thought to myself, “I can crochet that!”

I would guess that any worsted weight yarn would work with my pattern, but I like the look and feel of cotton. For this strap I used an entire 2.5 oz. skein of Peaches and Cream cotton yarn. I had only a few inches of yarn left over when the strap was completed, so if you crochet loosely, or simply want to be on the safe side, I would recommend that you purchase two skeins. At less than $3 a skein at Walmart this is still a deal, not to mention – who doesn’t love extra yarn?!

Supplies:

worsted weight yarn of your choice

G hook (4.0 mm)

Stitches used: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), reverse single crochet (rsc)

To begin, ch 8.

Row 1: hdc in third chain from hook, hdc in each chain across (6 hdc total.) ch 1. Turn.

Row 2: hdc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: repeat row 2

Row 4: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn

Row 5: sc in first stitch, ch 4, sc in last stitch, ch 1, turn

Row 6: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn

You have completed the first hole. Your work should look like this:

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Row 7: hdc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn

Row 8 – 172: repeat row 7 (take care to ensure that you maintain 6 hdc per row)

Row 173: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn

Row 174: sc in first stitch, ch 4, sc in last stitch, ch 1, turn

Row 175: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn

Rows 176 – 177: hdc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn

Row 178: hdc in each stitch across

For the edging, simply crochet a reverse single crochet stitch evenly around the entire piece. (This gives the strap a firmer structure and helps combat the tendency of the yarn to stretch.) Fasten off yarn, and weave in the end.

To assemble: pull one end of the strap through the hole on the opposite end so that a loop forms. Repeat with other end. (This may seem a little tricky, as you are pulling the entire loop you just made through the small hole on the opposite end, but it will work – I promise!) Your strap will now have a loop at each end, like this:

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To use, slide the loops around each end of your mat, tighten, and you’re ready to go!

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This pattern is easy to modify to fit your needs. You can make a wider strap by adding a few more chains to the foundation row. You can also adjust the length of the strap by adding or subtracting rows of the main section. Try a different stitch for the edging if you don’t like the look of the reverse single crochet. Perhaps you could use a contrasting color for the edging. It should be very easy to make this pattern your own!

As always, please comment if you have difficulty or find any mistakes in the directions. Happy crocheting!

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