How to Start a Lanyard Box Stitch

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Children often make lanyards at summer camp or as part of arts and crafts activities. People typically use lanyards as keychains, but lanyards can also be worn as necklaces and bracelets. Different stitches give lanyards different shapes, such as square and round. To make a square lanyard, you will need to use the box stitch. Starting the box stitch requires a little patience.

Things You'll Need

  • Lanyard material
  • Scissors

Cut the lanyard material to size. The length should be nine times the length of the finished product. Use two different colors for the best effect.

Lay the two pieces of lanyard material perpendicular to each other, forming a cross. Grasp the cross at the joint firmly between your thumb and forefinger, with your thumb on the top.

Start with one color and fold over one end of that color. Lay it over your thumb.

Take one end of the other color and fold it over on top of the first strand.

Grab the other end of the first color. Fold that one over the second strand.

Take the other end of the second color. Weave that end over the third strand and underneath the first strand. This forms your box.

Release your grip on the center of the strands. Grasp the first and second strands in one hand and the third and fourth strands in the other hand. Pull them as tightly as possible.

Hold the first and fourth strands in one hand and the second and third strands in the other. Pull these tightly. This completes your first stitch. All other stitches are done the same way.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pull each stitch as tightly as possible to make neater rows.
  • Watch for twisting strands. Keep the strands straight or your finished product will look sloppy.

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