People ask me all the time what my favorite thing to make is and I have to say that this beer can lanyard is definitely one of them. This is one of those patterns that I can make over and over again and never get tired of. These little lanyards are addicting to make!

Ok, so let’s just get into it. If you are a beginner, there are a couple stitches you may not be familiar with – the crossed double crochet and the crab stitch. I made a video tutorial for the Crossed Double Crochet Stitch on my TikTok which you can find HERE and my friend Nicki of Nicki’s Homemade Crafts has a great YouTube tutorial for the Crab Stitch which you can find HERE.

Materials:
I Love This Cotton (or your favorite worsted weight cotton yarn) G+ (4.5mm) crochet hook
Scissors
Tapestry needle
12 oz. slim beer/soda can OR standard soda can

Skill level:

Advanced beginner.

Pattern notes:

This pattern is written using standard US crochet terms.
This is worked in the round.
The chain 1 or 2 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.

Stitches used and abbreviations: yo = yarn over

sp = space
ch = chain
st/sts = stitch/stitches sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet

Special stitches

Crossed double crochet: A crossed double crochet is just like make a regular double crochet except with one difference. They are worked in groups of 2 as follows: sk 1 st and make 1 dc in next st. Then you will go back to the skipped st and make 1 dc in the skipped st. This forms a cross. Tip: you will want to make these dcs taller than normal to accomodate the extra length they will need to cross over each other. if you are a visual learner, HERE is a video tutorial for you.

Crab stitch: The crab stitch is simply a sc, except you will be working in the opposite direction (without turning). It will feel unnatural at first, but after some practice you will find a good flow 🙂 To make a crab stitch, insert your hook into the previous stitch. Yo, draw up a loop, yo and draw through both loops. You have now completed your first crab stitch. Continue working a sc into the previous st all the way around. If you need to see a visual, HERE is a video tutorial.

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Crossed Double Crochet tutorial:

Crab Stitch tutorial:

Eventually, your border of crab sts will look like this.

Note: working the reverse sc or ‘crab stitch’ is a bit like doing something with your non dominant hand. For example, if you are right handed and you try to do something with your left hand it will feel awkward and probably clumsy. But with practice, you will get better and it will become less awkward. The crab stitch is the same way. It feels unnatural at first until you get the hang of it. It may help to watch this video tutorial 🙂

Video Tutorial for the Crab Stitch:

https://youtu.be/07f1atgA7S8

Slim Can Size:

Round 1: make magic circle, ch 1, 6 sc in circle. Join to first sc with a sl st, ch 1. (6 sc)

Round 2: 2 sc in first st and in each st around. Join with a sl st to first st, ch 1. (12 sc)

Round 3: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st [2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st]. Repeat from [ to ] around. Join with a sl st to first st, ch 1. (18 sc)

Round 4: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, [2 sc in next st,1 sc in each of next 2 sts]. Repeat from [ to ] around. Join with a sl st to first st, ch 1. (24 sc)

Rounds 5 – 7: 1 sc in first st and in each st around. Join with a sl st to first st, ch 1. (24 sc)

Round 8: 1 sc in first st and in each st around. Join with a sl st to first st, ch 2. (24 sc)

Round 9: sk first st, make 1 dc in next stitch, make 1 dc in skipped stitch. [Sk next st, make 1 dc in next st, make 1 dc in skipped stitch].  Repeat from [ to ] around. Join with a sl st to first st, ch 2. (24 dc)

Rounds 10-12: repeat Rounds 6-8. (24 sc)

Round 13: repeat Round 9. (24 dc)

Rounds 14-16: repeat Rounds 6-8. (24 sc)

Round 17: repeat Round 9. (24 dc)

Rounds 18-20: repeat Rounds 5-7. (24 sc)

Round 21: crab st in first st and in each st around. (24 crab st). Do not fasten off.

Lanyard: ch for approximately 30″. Turn, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Sl st back into same st where you started to ch. Fasted off and weave in ends.

Attach the lanyard to the other side by making a couple stitches  using a tapestry needle and yarn.

Standard Can Size:

Round 1: make magic circle, ch 1, 7 sc in circle. Join to first sc with a sl st, ch 1. (7 sc)

Round 2: 2 sc in first st and in each st around. Join with a sl st to first st, ch 1. (14 sc)

Round 3: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st [2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st]. Repeat from [ to ] around. Join with a sl st to first st, ch 1. (21 sc)

Round 4: 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, [2 sc in next st,1 sc in each of next 2 sts]. Repeat from [ to ] around. Join with a sl st to first st, ch 1. (28 sc)

Rounds 5 – 8: 1 sc in first st and in each st around. Join with a sl st to first st, ch 1. (28 sc)

Round 9: sk first st, make 1 dc in next stitch, make 1 dc in skipped stitch. [Sk next st, make 1 dc in next st, make 1 dc in skipped stitch]. Repeat from [ to ] around. Join with a sl st to first st, ch 2. (28 dc)

Rounds 10-12: repeat Rounds 6-8. (28 sc)

Round 13: repeat Round 9. (28 dc)

Rounds 14-16: repeat Rounds 6-8. (28 sc)

Round 17: crab st in first st and in each st around. (28 crab st). Do not fasten off.

Lanyard: ch for approximately 30″ (or your desired length). Turn, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Sl st back into same st where you started to ch. Fasted off and weave in ends. Attach the lanyard to the other side by making a couple stitches using a tapestry needle and yarn.

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