I finally sat down and wrote out the pattern for the keychains. It takes me a while as I want to make sure I get it down as accurately as I can. So, I take my time, go back and reread, and go back and edit. (And hope that I caught all the errors.)
I'm doing something slightly different this time, though. The basic pattern is right here on the blog, and it will stay right here on the blog. But, I've also created a PDF for this that contains a few more pictures (illustrations of adding the beads and such), and that is available for sale on Etsy and Ravelry. (Click on the links to purchase from your preferred site.)
(This is something that One Dog Woof does with all her patterns, so I thought I'd give it a try.) If you'd like to support my designing efforts, or if you'd prefer a clean copy of the pattern that you can print out, I'd appreciate you purchasing the PDF download. (The PDF is eight pages long.)
- Yarn used: Patons Metallic [63% nylon, 28% acrylic, 9% wool; 197 yds/180 m skein]; Colors shown: Metallic Orange, Burnished Rose Gold, Purple Rain, Black Marble (not a lot required—about 10 yds total)
- 1 set of 2 US #8/5mm double-point needles (dpn)
- 0.39-inch eyelets/grommets
- Split ring key ring
- Tapestry needle
- Crochet hook size G/4mm (optional)
- Beads (optional)
- Short length of 20 gauge wire bent in half (only if doing the beading)
- Split ring marker (optional)
Pattern NotesI-cord: To make an I-cord, cast on a small number of stitches (for this project, it’s 4) on a dpn
Do not turn. With right side facing, slide stitches to other side of dpn. Knit them.
Repeat for desired length.
I-cord video tutorial or written tutorial
Crab Stitch: The edging shown is done using this crochet stitch. It is optional. (It can just as easily be sewn shut.)
A video tutorial or a written tutorial
Placing grommet: The recommended size grommet is used in the pictures, but a smaller or larger grommet can be used.
Take the two pieces of the grommet. Line up the holes in the key fob. (They may not entirely line up. It’s okay to fudge this part a bit.) Slip the grommet through. Then press down. (There is no need to buy the press just to make one of these. They also sell grommets with a small piece that you can use to hammer this together.)
Beading: Beads can be placed anywhere you wish on this project, or can be left off entirely. Select beads that will easily slip over the yarn. If you wish the beads to be on the outside of the piece, keep them on the 2nd and/or 3rd stitches of the I-cord.
To place beads:
Knit to 1 stitch before the stitch you want to place the bead on. Slip those stitches to the split stitch marker. (This is optional. However, the recommended yarn is a bit slippery, and holding two needles with so few stitches on them is a bit awkward.) Then slip the next stitch onto the wire. Slip the bead over the wire and pull down over the stitch.
Return this stitch to the needle. Return the held stitch(es) to the needle. Slip the stitch with the bead, and continue in knit to the end of the round.
PatternCast on 4 stitches. Turn.
Row 1: Purl 4, turn
Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit 2, turn
Note: At this point, you may wish to slip the first stitch of every row. This will make it slightly easier at the finish to attach the beginning of the loop to the end.
Row 3: Purl 5, turn
Row 4: Knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 1, turn
Row 5: Purl 4, turn
Row 6: Knit 4. Do not turn.
Now, slide the stitches back to the right side of the needle and continue as an I-cord.
Work the I-cord for the desired length. The shown piece was worked for about 10 inches from the beginning. If desired, add beads now.
Once the desired length is reached, on the next row, turn and purl back. (If you were slipping the first stitch of every row, return to doing this as well.) Then:
Row 2*: Knit 2, yarn over, knit 2, turn
Row 3*: Purl 5, turn
Row 4*: Knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 1, turn
Row 5*: Bind off purl-wise
If using crab stitch (reverse single crochet), wind in ends.
Smooth out piece so it doesn’t twist, and put beginning and end together. If sewing together, have right sides facing and use ends to sew together using tapestry needle. If using crab stitch, have wrong sides facing, and starting at one end, crab stitch around piece.
Wind in remaining ends.
Insert grommet into the hole left by the yarn over.
Slide keyring through the grommet. (This can be a bit fiddly, but once the key ring is attached, it’s not going anywhere.)