Lanyards, or boondoggles as they are known in some circles, are made from long pieces of flat plastic string. The many colours of lanyard string and ways in which to tie the string together make for a wide variety of lanyard designs. Uses for lanyards include keychains, necklaces, bracelets, zipper pull tabs and other creative uses. Six string lanyards are made from three lanyard strands folded in half and woven with one of two major types of knots.
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- Lanyard strands
Cut two lanyard strands of equal size and one long strand that is about one-and-a-half times the length of a short strand. The overall length of the completed lanyard will be about one-twelfth the length of a short strand.
Lay the long strand out so it is pointing toward and away from you. Lay the shorter strands on the long strand, parallel to each other and both pointing left and right. The junction point should be in the centre of each individual strand.
Pick up the end of the long strand that faces you, loop it over the shorter strands and hold it in place. Do the same with the strand that is pointing away from you, pulling it up and over toward you to make a loop.
Pick up the short strand that is farther away from you and pointing to the right, and weave it over the loop of the long strand that is nearest it and under the second loop of the long strand. Repeat this process with the short strand on top that is pointing left, then the short strand on the bottom pointing right and the short strand on the bottom pointing left. Each time, the strand should go over the long strand of lanyard closest to it and under the strand that is farther away.
Pull all of the ends of the lanyard tight to finish the starter stitch. You should now see the six strings of the lanyard, with one pointing away from you, one pointing toward you, two pointing left and two pointing right.
Repeat the previous three steps to complete subsequent stitches.
Complete the first five steps previous listed to make the first stitch of a brick lanyard.
Loop each of the two long strings of lanyard up and over the lanyard so they are pointing in opposite directions. However, the long string that had come out on the left after the first stitch should now be on the right and the one that had come out on the right after the first stitch should now be on the left. The strands should still be parallel, but they have switched sides.
Grab the second lowest of the four strings of the lanyard sticking out on the sides. Loop it over the long string closest to it and under the long string farther from it, and pull it almost all the way through so it is pointing to the opposite side from where it began and slightly toward you. It should be closer to you than the other string of the same colour. Grab that other string of that colour, and weave it through to the opposite side, over the first loop and under the second loop, and pull it through so it is pointing slightly away from you.
Repeat the previous process with the two strings of the other colour. Start with the string on the side you just ended at, which should be the top string, and then weave the last string on the other side.
Pull all of the lanyard strings tight. This stitch looks a lot like the brick stitch, but it is slightly crooked because you switched the sides of all the strings. As you complete more twist stitches, the lanyard takes on a spiral appearance when viewed from the side.
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