Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Survival Keychain

(This pattern originally appeared online at Copyrights have now reverted to me, the designer.)  
Survival bracelets and key chains are very trendy with the outdoor crowd, not only as must-have survival gear, but also as accent pieces. I wanted to create a crocheted keychain for stocking stuffers using para cord to double as a survival tool as well, for all the guys at Christmas time. I give credit to Planet June for my I-cord inspiration and pattern source.

I adapted her tutorial to serve as the basis for my survival keychain.  Visit her YouTube Tutorial if you get stuck or just need an extra example of how the keychain should look. I hope you enjoy creating and giving your special guy a crocheted survival keychain!

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Skill Level:  Easy

Materials: Para cord (any color), Key Ring (any size)

Hook size: N/9.00mm

CH = chain
SC = single crochet
SL ST = slip stitch

Gauge: not needed

Leave about 6” of Para cord for finishing. 
CH 3.
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Row 1: In second chain from hook, pull up a loop on the hook. (You now have 2 loops on your hook.) In third chain from hook, pull up a loop on the hook. (You should now have 3 loops on your hook.)
Row 2: Carefully remove 2 loops from hook, leaving them pulled up through chains. I like to hold my two loops so as not to accidentally pull them back out. With 1st loop on the hook, ch 1. Pick up 2nd loop onto hook, ch 1. Pick up 3rd loop onto hook, ch1. You should now have 3 loops on your hook again.
keychain keychain 
Row 3: Remove 2 loops from hook, leaving them pulled up through chains. With 1st loop on hook, ch 1. Pick up 2nd loop onto hook, ch1. Pick up 3rd loop onto hook, ch1. Again, you should have 3 loops on your hook.
keychain keychain
Repeat Row 3 until you have approximately 6 inches of I-cord pattern or until you have your desired length.  (I ended with 15  rows = 6 inches of I-cord.) The I-cord should begin to curve a bit as you add length, forming a “cord” shape.
Finish by chaining 1 through all 3 loops on hook. Ch1 again. Tie a nice tight knot or weave in ends.
Note: I burn or singe the ends of my para cord to keep it from unraveling.
To use, slide end loops onto a key ring (I used a 2 inch key ring).
Extra Info:
6” of I-cord  = approx. 9’ of para cord
8” of I-cord = approx. 12’ of para cord
Para cord can be found at some Army surplus stores, Outdoor Recreation/Camping Gear stores, craft stores and many places online. My local Army surplus and Outdoor Gear stores mostly carry black or dark green colors. However, I have purchased some fun colors from online sources at very reasonable prices, (usually in bulk for the best price per foot.) I even spotted some in smaller quantities at Michael's last week. Try crocheting some in team colors, neon colors, and my personal favorite: pink!

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