You can crochet with anything! I have seen multiple examples of projects crocheted from plastic bags and t-shirt fabric. Last year Interweave Crochet's editor Marcy Smith undertook a project to crochet with cassette tapes. I will even admit to a single occasion when I attempted to crochet with licorice; it is very difficult as the strands break easily and just taste so good.
A few days ago, my dad sent me a short video about a guy who knits with parachute cord, allowing him to create a strong strap and convert a large length of cord to a utilitarian and manageable length. My first thought was, "I could do better with crochet!" The objective of adapting parachute cord to straps, bracelets, or belts is to keep a large length of cord available for emergencies. Frequently worked with knots, this trend is currently very popular with those preparing for emergencies and avid hikers and backpackers just to name a few. And in a situation when it is important to be able to use your parachute cord quickly, ease of undoing your strap is important, making knitting or crochet a good choice. Although I've thankfully never been in a life-threatening situation, there have been times when I wished I had cordage on hand.
And if the point of knitting the parachute cord is to convert a long length of cord to a much shorter strap, wouldn't crochet be a better choice? After all, people have complained for years that crochet uses more yarn than knitting. Finally this fact is a bonus.
I started with Tunisian simple stitch. This easy Tunisian stitch uses more length than a single crochet stitch and is easier to work with the stiff cordage. I am in love with the look and feel of this strap. It is strong but flexible, and would also make a great belt.
Using a size M (9 mm) hook, five stitches and three rows is about two inches wide and two inches tall and uses five feet of parachute cord. This means that a 100 foot package of parachute cord will create a two inch wide strap or belt that is about three and one third feet, or forty inches, long.
I can't wait show my Tunisian crochet strap to my father. What would you make out of parachute cord or what crazy item have you crocheted with?