How to Start an Eight String Lanyard

How to Start an Eight String Lanyard

Overview

A lanyard is a cord. It may be made up of three, four, eight or even more strings. Learning how to get started isn't hard, and the braiding itself can be quite soothing once you get the hang of it. This particular braiding method yields a thick, strong cord.

Step 1

Measure and cut four strands of braiding material that is three times the length of your finished lanyard.

Step 2

Insert your four strands halfway through your hook or ring. Pass the topmost two strands on the right (red and tan in photo) over four strands. If not using a ring or hook, fold your strands in half and tie them in an overhand knot.

Step 3

Pass the topmost strand on the right (purple) behind the other strands. Bring it out below the top two strands on the left and cross it over the next two strands.

Step 4

Pass the topmost strand on the left (white) behind the other strands. Bring it out below the two top strands on the right and pass it over the two strands below them.

Step 5

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until lanyard is desired length. Tie off.

Things You'll Need

  • Braiding material
  • Optional: Ring or clip
Keywords: 8, string, lanyard, braid

About this Author

Johanna Ehrmann has been a freelance writer, editor and copy editor since 1991. She is the author of four nonfiction books for young readers on César Chávez, origami, dance and the Smithsonian, published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, and two fantasy stories, published by Houghton Mifflin. Ehrmann holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Brandeis University.

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