Curtain Tie Backs – Easy Crochet
Do you need a simple solution to tie back your curtains? That’s what happened to me here a couple of years ago. We have quite a few windows, so I didn’t want to spend much if any, money. Enter YARN STASH! Yes, with so many projects happening, there are bound to be leftover materials from all the sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting, you name it! In addition, when my mother passed away, she left behind a plethora of crochet hooks, knitting needles, and yarn. Supplies in hand, the curtain tie backs crochet pattern was born!
When I first learned to knit and crochet, I made things like slippers and scarves. It didn’t take long for distraction and disinterest to set in. Now, however, I wish I could have Mom here to coach me and answer my questions! At any rate, this is quite a simple project. Since having replaced old, worn-out window-shades with simple, white, sailcloth curtains here at the farmhouse, I needed some curtain tie backs. Easy crochet project, here we come!
If you are brand-new to crochet, please take a look at my post about “Crochet Basics” here. Outlined is a tutorial for how to do a chain stitch (ch) and single crochet (sc), which will suffice for this pattern. Once you’ve mastered these steps, you will have the foundation to move on to more advanced stitches and techniques. The key will be getting the motion of moving the loops around the hook in a smooth, even way.
But here’s the thing, with this pattern, you don’t have to worry about perfection! It’s just right for a beginner who wants good, functioning, decorative curtain tie backs! That said, if you are a seasoned crochet expert, you’ll whiz through these steps for a very satisfying solution to letting the sunlight shine through into your home.
I had to make 20 of them because there are, obviously, 10 windows “in need”(2 panels per window). If you know how to crochet(and you want to do this in your home), simply start with a chain of about 20, then go back and single crochet through 9 or so connecting the ends to form the loop. Then, just single crochet for around 20-21 rows. After that, chain stitch 11, and connect with a slip stitch at the other end. I used a size “I” crochet hook and medium-weight yarn.
For easier viewing, I used red yarn to illustrate each step. My actual curtain tie backs were made using white yarn, to match the curtains.
Curtain Tie-Backs (Crochet)
Yarn, (4)Medium, your choice. Feel free to use an equivalent from your own “stash.” This was what I had on hand.
Size I (9) Crochet Hook
1- Chain stitch (ch) 20.
2- Connect the ends of the chain by pulling one loop through them in a slipstitch*(see below).
3- Turn. Single crochet (sc) into 9 of the chain stitches.
4- Repeat step 3, by doing single crochet (sc) for approximately 20 rows, or until work measures 13″ long, not counting end loops. If your curtains are wider or narrower than mine, keep checking until you reach the length you need.
5- When you have reached your desired length, chain stitch (ch) 11.
6- Slip stitch(sl st) the end of the chain, attach it to the tie back.
7- Cut the yarn, leaving a bit of a tail, and pull it through the last chain to “knot” it.
8- Weave in the ends.
Here is what the finished product looks like.
*BONUS – How to make a slip stitch (sl st) in the chain:
1- Insert your hook into the first chain stitch that you made. This will be the one with the tail that is farthest from the hook.
2- Wrap the working yarn from the back to the front over your hook. With the hand holding the hook (in my case, my right hand), rotate the hook and pull yarn through both loops.
3- This should form a “ring,” with your chain. There should be one loop left on your hook, as the photo above shows.
This pattern is versatile in that you can adjust the width and length to suit your unique needs. If you have heavy drapes, however, I don’t recommend using this type of curtain tie backs. In the case of heavy drapes, you may not want or need to tie them back at all. You can simply draw them to the sides of your windows. However, for simple, casual curtains, this pattern ought to just do the trick!
Crochet is a nice skill to have “under your belt.” There are numerous useful things you can make with crochet. It is also fun! In addition, I find that crochet can move along a little more quickly than knitting. This is helpful if you realize you need to make a gift for someone and the deadline is fast approaching, or if you simply have little patience.
Are you new to the world of crochet? Or have you been crocheting for a long while? What sorts of things to you like to make?
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