How to Start a Box Lanyard

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Carrie Perles

    About the Author

    Keren (Carrie) Perles is a freelance writer with professional experience in publishing since 2004. Perles has written, edited and developed curriculum for educational publishers. She writes online articles about various topics, mostly about education or parenting, and has been a mother, teacher and tutor for various ages. Perles holds a Bachelor of Arts in English communications from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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    The box stitch is one of the most basic lanyard stitches, and it is the one that most beginners start with. Starting a box lanyard requires some foresight, and choosing the right colors and lengths of lanyard will affect the finished product. Note that the first stitch is essentially the same as the remaining stitches, but it can be more complicated to pull off because the strands are not held tightly in place yet.

    Things You'll Need

    • Ribbons or cords
    • Scissors

    Measure the length that you'd like the lanyard to be. For example, if you are making a lanyard bracelet using the box stitch, measure the circumference of your wrist.

    Choose two lanyard strands of equal length. If you're a beginner, using two different colored strands can make keeping track of the strands easier. Cut each strand to at least 12 times the length that you'd like your completed lanyard to be.

    Find the center of the two lanyard strands by folding each of them in half.

    Lay one lanyard strand horizontally on a flat surface, and lay the second strand vertically across it, making sure that they are crossed at their centers.

    Loop the right end of the horizontal strand over the vertical strand to make a loop. Then loop the left end of the horizontal strand over the vertical strand in the opposite direction to make a second loop. Use one hand to hold both loops in place.

    Take the top end of the vertical strand and weave it over the loop closest to it and under the loop farthest from it. Then take the bottom end of the vertical strand and weave it over the loop closest to it and under the loop farthest from it.

    Grasp two adjacent strands in one hand, and the other two strands in the other hand, and pull to tighten this first stitch. (There should be one strand of each color in each hand.)

    • If you are making a loop-shaped lanyard (such as a bracelet or necklace), you will need a lanyard hook to complete the project.
    • Make sure to pull the first stitch tight to keep the lanyard looking neat.
    • You can use this starting stitch to make other lanyards, such as barrel (circle) and dragonfly.
    • Make sure that the strands do not twist while you are producing the first stitch. This will create an uneven look.

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