Thursday, July 31, 2014


Shoulder Holder Yoga Mat Strap Pattern!

This is Little Bug #6, modeling the yoga strap. :-)

From yesterday's post:
Do you ever crochet something, in a pinch, that you need NOW and then realize it was so cool
 that you should have taken the time to photograph the process in order to share the pattern?

Well that happened here...

but at least it gave me the opportunity to make another one for the tutorial
 and make it sturdier than the first. :-)
Now I have an extra. haha.
Who knows it may end up as a gift or a give-away one day.
Hmmmm...perhaps the yoga studio would be interested in these???

(US terms)

Gather supplies
An "I" hook (5.5 mm) 
Scissors and needle.

Scraps are great for this!
 Maroon yarn was used, as well.
These are all Encore classic - worsted wool blend.
I always make sure that if this is for Little Bug #6 or FDIL #3a
 that the colors chosen are colors that I basically do not like and then I put them in a
 "crazy-nonsensical" combination. (IMHO)
This ensures that I will not like the finished color scheme, but they will. 
I've given up on trying to figure out these young ladies. ;-)

Here we go:
With TWO strands of worsted yarn,
(You will be using two strands throughout except
for shell edges, then you will use one strand.)
ch 8

sl st to first ch to form a loop

ch 210

9 chs back from end sl st into 9th ch.
So you will have one long ch strip with two loops on each end.

sc in the next ch and each ch all the way 
to the beginning of the loop at other end.

*Once you get to the loop, then alternate working 1 sc,
then 2 sc in each st around the loop.
(This will help keep the loop from curling.)

Once you arrive at the other side of the loop,
 continue working a sc in each st back to the other end. 
You will be working the stitches into the other side of the original chs.

Once you arrive at the other loop, crochet around it alternating 1 sc and 2 sc in each stitch.
(same as * above.)

Then it should look like this.

and this.

Weave in those ends.

Measure from the end of the loop down the number of inches you need to 
fit around the circumference of the rolled yoga mat. 
All yoga mats are difference thicknesses - I came up with 15" for this one,
but once it stretched I realized it could have been 14".
14" would be pretty good for most standard mats.

Now with a SINGLE STRAND of an equally lovely coordinating color ;-)
sl st the new color 14 " from the end of one of the loops.
You can ch 1 here if would like...or not.
It doesn't look like I did. 

sk 1 and 5 dc in the next st.
(Sorry photo shows sl st next to loop - which I accidentally photographed first -
ignore this and pretend this photo is 14" away from the end of the loop.
Oh man, it's a good thing this is a free pattern...gee whiz. ;-)  )
like this.

** *Now sk 1 st and sc in the next st,

sk 1 st and 5 dc in the next st.*
This will start forming the "shells".

Continue from * to *
until you are 14 " away from the other end.
This photograph is correct.

This one too. ;-)

Now with a color of your choice sl st directly across 
from where the last shell row ended.

Repeat the same pattern of shells from **above.

The shells should line up like this.

Weave in those ends and you should have something that looks like this.

Now here's the tricky part:
Pull one loop through the other...all the way to where the other shell part ends.
(You'll be pressing some pretty thick stuff through the loop, but it will be OK.

like this.

It will look like this.
Now take this end that you looped and pull through the other loop on the other end.
(This will be even thicker stuff, but once again it will be OK.)

Attach to mat and you are ready to hit
the gym or ready to gift this to someone who will hit the gym.



  1. Wow ... That is great Astri! And thank you so much for the awesome tutorial!

  2. It's very nice Astri. Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  3. Really cute Liz and nice tutorial. I'm pinning it!

  4. I love how you had to make a second one for the tutorial! xx

  5. Chez Astri le crochet sert à TOUT faire !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. I know this is an old post, but I'm hoping you'll see this comment. I was wondering if this pattern was okay to use to make and sell these straps. I am looking to raise money to donate to a sober yoga recovery group. Please let me know. Thank you.

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  10. Just picked up a yoga mat in a charity shop and looking forward to making a strap for it . Thanks.

  11. Just picked up a yoga mat in a charity shop and looking forward to making a strap for it. Thanks. I like the idea of random colours.