Sunday, 3 January 2016

Hashtag Insta Key Chain

As promised on Instagram, here's the pattern for the Instagram key chain. 

I had seen this originally on Pinterest, but the pattern was in Spanish. The translation was so hard to follow that I couldn't make head nor tail out of it. So, equipped with only a picture, I got started. 
So without further ado, here's the pattern I came up with.

This pattern is worked in the round on both sides of the chain. 
Do not slst at the end of each round. Pattern worked in continuous spiral.

With cream or off-white, Ch 9
Rnd 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Working now on the other side of the ch, sc in each ch across. 16 sc.
Rnd 2-5: Sc in each sc around. Join brown at the end of rnd 5*. 16 sc.
Rnd 6-8: Sc in each sc around. At the end of rnd 8, do one additional sc in next st, then slst in the next st. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

*I don't usually tie knots in my crocheting, but where it'll be used often and where knots will be hidden in the middle of the key chain, tie knots when you change colours, when you attach other bits on, and in details.

For camera lens:
With white, make a magic loop. 10 sc in loop. Slst in first sc. Fasten off.

Attach lens to middle of camera so that ends and knots are hidden in the middle of the camera. Sew a black button to the middle of the lens.

I really hate sewing bits together so I would usually find a way around a button, but as the lens was only one round, the button was my best option. You do you.

With black embroidery thread, make a big french knot in the top right corner. Tie the ends on the back side to keep it from coming out.

With red, yellow, green, and blue embroidery thread, make the stripes at the top left corner. I did two stitches of each colour to make bigger stripes. 
IMPORTANT! These stitches should start at the bottom of the top row and go in between the front and back loops in the top of the stitches, NOT right over the top of the whole stitch. You will need the back loop to sew the key chain shut. 
Tie knots in your stitches so they don't come out.

You can kinda see here how I put the stitches in between the front and back loops so I'd have the back loops for sewing.
Sew the top of the key chain shut, making sure all ends and knots are hidden inside.

I had enough of a tail left from sewing it shut to MacGyver a loop of chains. There's really no one solid method of doing it.  But yeah, make a thing to make it key chain-able.

There ya have it!  Hope you have fun making a key chain.  If you're having trouble in any way, let me know in the comments and I'll try to help you out.  I'm pretty new to writing patterns so it's possible something doesn't make sense.  Please give credit where it is due--tag me in your Instagram photos, I'd love to see your work.  Follow me on Instagram as well.

If you'd like to make the camper key chain as well, you can find that pattern here.

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