How to Include Ties and Drawstrings in Your Crocheted Items

By Susan Brittain, Karen Manthey, Julie Holetz

Ties and drawstrings make fun and easy closures for the front (or back) of a garment. They can be as simple as a single tie attached to each side of a light sweater’s front or as elaborate as a threaded drawstring criss-crossing the back of a summer halter top.

You usually attach ties to the top-front portion of a garment, close to the neck opening, or at the beginning of the front neck shaping, centered over the chest. However, you can also place ties in a row down the entire front of a sweater. You attach ties to garments with the excess lengths of yarn left from the beginning of the tie to “tie” them to the correct position on the garment.

Drawstrings, which you weave through a round with eyelets (a round created with a pattern of spaces) or post stitches crocheted into the body of a sweater or sleeve, often adorn the neckline, waistline, bottom edges, and cuff edges of some sweaters. You can also place drawstrings in the center-back area of a garment, weaving them back and forth between the open edges of, say, a halter top to draw the sides together.

The following list gives you a few options for crocheting a tie or drawstring:
• Make a simple chain. Chain the required length for the tie or the drawstring. (You may use one or more strands of yarn.) Note that this is how we made the drawstring in the Girl’s Versatile Camisole project.
• Make a round cord. Chain 5 (or the required number for the thickness of the cord) and slip stitch in the first chain to join. Single crochet in each chain around. Then, working in a spiral, continue to single crochet in each single crochet around until the cord reaches your desired length.
• Single crochet or slip stitch a cord. Chain the required length, turn, and slip stitch or single crochet in the back bump loop of each chain across.

To spice up your ties and drawstrings, add embellishments such as tassels or just tie each end in a simple knot.