Thursday, August 30, 2012

Easy-Peasy Lanyard Idea

Lots of people like to make decorative lanyards for their TatDays name tags. You could use lanyards for badges at work too, or make a shorter length for a bracelet.

Some people have very elaborate lanyards, either a wide strip of edging or something with lots of beads. If you don't have the time for that, here's an idea for something relatively quick and easy, but more interesting than a simple string of split rings.

To make this, use 2 shuttles with a different color of thread on each.  
Ring: 10 ds, very small picot 10 ds. Close ring. Turn, Switch shuttles
Lock Stitch Chain: 5 stitches, each stitch is one flipped and one unflipped half stitch,  lock join to picot of ring.  (If the ring is in the way, fold it down while making the chain. When I make the lock join, the chain is sort of laying on top of the ring.)
Repeat for desired length.  By turning after each ring, both sides will look almost the same.

If you do not turn after each ring, then you get a distinct front and back side as seen below.  Choose which way you like best.

The inspiration for this came from erroneously guessing how Jane's SSSR and LSCH Bracelet was constructed.  She says the inspiration for the bracelet was from something I had made. What fun!


  1. That's SOOO funny as what you've done here makes what I did there a whole lot easier!!! I wish I'd thought of this. We'll have to compare 'notes' at Tat Days!!! Can't wait to see you and the rest of the gang.

  2. Anonymous8:06 AM

    39 Martha, just had to try this little pattern. What fun! Very attractive too.
    Soooo sooorry I won't make it to TatDays this year. Too many grands under foot--good thing they're cute.
    Katie V in NC

  3. I like the way ideas bounce back and forth - that's the beauty of the internet and being connected.