Two weeks ago, I mentioned lanyards as a great way to use up yarn scraps and I shared an easy pattern. Here are some photos of lanyards I made using #20 crochet cotton thread. I got this cotton from Daiso (a kind of discount store in the Far East), but your favorite brand of crochet thread will work beautifully.
What’s fun about lanyards, in addition to their simplicity, is that they can be personalized. The above lanyard uses turquoise beads from a broken bracelet.
If you want to make one, you can reference back to my previous pattern that tells how to crochet one with fingering or sport-weight yarn. If you decide to use crochet thread, I suggest making your foundation chain a little longer. I used 221 chains (220 stitches) for the above lanyard.
If you decide to add beads along the entire length of the lanyard, it just takes a little math. A lanyard with a starting chain of 201 (200 stitches) and beads every fifth stitch, will take 40 beads. A lanyard with a starting chain of 221 (220 stitches) and beads every fifth stitch, will take 44 beads.
As a teacher, I rely on my lanyard to hold my thumb drive – it is also colorful enough to be noticed, so I avoid losing it.
What quick crochet gift ideas do you like? Let me know in the comments!