When you're learning how to create lanyards, the box braid is the obvious place to begin. Knowing how to choose your lanyard strands, measure them correctly, complete the stitch well and finish your lanyard are essential for these projects.
Buy two colors of quality lanyard (also called gimp or boondoggle) for a standard box braid. Although you can use one color for any type of lanyard, the results will be much less impressive. Cut the two strands of lanyard to the same length, about 12 or 14 times the length that you'd like your completed lanyard to be. For example, if you are making a lanyard bracelet, wrap the lanyard around your wrist once, measure the length and multiply by 12 or 14 to get the correct length of the strands. First-timers may want to add a bit of length to the original strands in case of loose stitches.
Lay one strand horizontally on the table, and lay the other vertically on top of it. Take the left end of the horizontal strand and curl it over the vertical strand so that it extends to the right. This should form a loop over the vertical strand. Then take the right end of the horizontal strand and curl it over the vertical strand so that it extends to the left. This forms a second loop.
Thread the top end of the vertical strand over the loop nearest to it and under the loop farthest from it. Then thread the bottom end of the vertical strand over the loop nearest to it and under the loop farthest from it as well. Grasp two adjacent strands in your right hand and the other two in your left hand, and pull to tighten the stitch. Repeat these steps to add additional stitches to your lanyard.
Completing the Lanyard
When the lanyard reaches the desired length, make one more stitch but do not pull it tight. Thread each strand around the strand to its left and up through the center of the stitch. At this point, all of the strands should be protruding from the middle of the stitch. Grasp all four strand ends and pull them to tighten this last stitch. Then attach a lanyard hook to the end. If you are making a bracelet, necklace or other loop-shaped lanyard, attach the lanyard hook to both ends to form the loop.