About The Collection

When I started this collection, I had some neutral-toned cotton yarn and the intention to create some pieces that looked like macrame. It all began with the Ocean’s Breath Yoga Bag that incorporated some lacy stitches. I then moved onto the Ocean’s Breath Wall Hanging, that used a lot of the same elements with the addition of some beautiful drop stitches. I wanted one more piece that was quick and easy to make, yet still resembled the beautiful macrame style, hence, the Ocean’s Breath Key Fobs.

If you’re interested in purchasing either the yoga bag or the wallhanging, be sure to check out my Etsy or Ravelry shops. There’s even a special discount if you opt to purchase the whole collection.

You can find the concise, ad-free, PDF version of this particle pattern as well as to the other patterns in this collection in both my Etsy and Ravelry shop.

Different Styles

When I designed these, I hoped to incorporate some of the lace that the other pieces uses. However, after some trial and error, I found that just the star stitches by themselves made the perfect key fob.

The first style I made was just a simple keychain. It has some star stitches to begin, but then relies on beads and fringe to add personality to it. I feel like this leaves some room for creativity with personalizing each key chain.

The second style I made was a wristlet key fob. This style is a bit more straightforward in the design, but allows you to wear your keys on your wrist. This is one of my favorite styles of key chains. I actually love to make these out of interesting fabric scraps, so I was really excited to try making one with crochet.

Quick, Easy and Functional

I love this third installment of the Ocean’s Breath Collection. It’s a quick and easy project and I think they would be great additions to market setups. On top of all that, they really are super functional. Especially if you’re like me and you’re constantly digging in your purse while you’re corralling kiddos.

Tutorial Notes to Help You Through

Crocheting Around the Swivel Clasp

When you’re making the Key Chain version of this pattern, you will need to crochet your first row directly onto the clasp. I found these clasps at Hobby Lobby in the sewing section, but if you opt to order yours online somewhere, look for Lobster Swivel Clasps. To attach you work to the hardware, you will insert your hook through the bottom portion of the clasp and wrap your single crochet stitches around the bar. Once you have that first row of stitches added, you can just continue working according to the pattern.

Adding Key Fob Hardware

When you’re making the wristlet version of this pattern, you will be adding the hardware at the end. In addition to the hardware, you will need a set of pliers to do this. You could just use regular pliers, but be careful that you don’t damage that metal hardware when doing it this way. I buy most of my key fob hardware from I Love Big Buttons on Etsy. Since I have made several of these, I opted to buy the special pliers that are sold in the shop. They’re definitely a worthwhile investment if you’re going to make a regular habit of making key fobs.

To add the hardware, you will simply place the two ends of the strap inside of the hardware. Be sure to get it all the way in. If it doesn’t get a good grip, the strap can slip out. Once its in there, you will simply clamp the hardware closed.

Adding Tassels and Beads

When you’re working on the key chain version, you may want to add fringe or beads to your work. To add fringe, you will just pull a loop of yarn through a stitch and then pull the yarn tails through the loop. Simply tighten the loop to secure the fringe. Once the fringe is added, you can add beads. You can do this by placing a bead on your crochet hook, catching the fringe with the hook and then sliding the bead from the hook to the fringe.

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoy this pattern and I’d love to see some of your finished projects on Instagram. Be sure to tag me @craftingforweeks and use the hashtag #oceansbreathkeyfobs so I can find all your lovely work. Until next time.

Happy Crafting,

Kelsie

Pattern

Materials Needed:
5 – 25 yds of cotton worsted weight yarn
Size G (4.5mm) crochet hook
Tape Measure
Tapestry needle
Scissors
1 1/4” Key Fob hardware or Swivel Lobster Hook hardware
Wooden beads (optional)
Pliers (for Key Fob only)

Finished Measurements:
Key Fob: 1 1/4” wide x 10” (without hardware)
Key Chain: 1 1/4” x 3 1/2” (without hardware or fringe)

Wristlet Key Fob

Row 1: Ch 8. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (7)
Row 2: Ch 3. Complete a row of 3 star stitches doing the following:
Insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, pull up a loop. Insert hook into next ch, pull up a loop. Insert hook and pull up a loop over next 3 sc st. (6 loops on hook) Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. Ch 1 to close star stitch (eye of star stitch).

Insert hook into eye of star stitch, pull up a loop. Insert hook between the last two spikes of the previous star stitch, pull up a loop. Insert hook in the same stitch as the last spike of the previous star stitch, pull up a loop. Insert hook and pull up a loop over next 2 sc stitches. (6 loops on hook) Yarn over and pull through all loops on
hook. Ch 1 to close star stitch.
Repeat twice.
Row 3: Ch 1 and turn. 2Hdc in the eye of each star stitch across. Hdc in top of last star stitch. (7)
Row 4-25: Repeat Rows 2-3
Row 26: Sc in each st across. Tie off and weave in ends. (7)
Finishing: Fold the work in half lengthwise with the star stitches facing outward. Place the two ends inside of the key fob hardware and clamp closed with pliers.

Key Chain

Row 1: Sc 7 around the end of the base of the Lobster Swivel Hook. (7)
Row 2: Ch 3 and turn. Complete a row of 3 star stitches doing the following:
Insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, pull up a loop. Insert hook into next ch, pull up a loop. Insert hook and pull up a loop over next 3 sc st. (6 loops on hook) Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. Ch 1 to close star stitch (eye of star stitch).

Insert hook into eye of star stitch, pull up a loop. Insert hook between the last two spikes of the previous star stitch, pull up a loop. Insert hook in the same stitch as the last spike of the previous star stitch, pull up a loop. Insert hook and pull up a loop over next 2 sc stitches. (6 loops on hook) Yarn over and pull through all loops on
hook. Ch 1 to close star stitch.
Repeat twice.
Row 3: Ch 1 and turn. 2Hdc in the eye of each star stitch across. Hdc in top of last star stitch. (7)
Row 4-11: Repeat Rows 2-3. Tie off and weave in ends.

To Attach Fringe:
1) Cut 7 strands of yarn approximately 16” long each.
2) Fold each strand in half. Insert hook into the first stitch and pull up the center of the strand.
3) Using the hook, pull the two ends of the strand from the back and through the loop you just pulled up. Tighten the loop to secure the fringe.
4) Repeat in each stitch across.
5) Once fringe is added, trim as necessary to make it even.

To Add Beads:
Place bead onto a crochet hook, hook the end of the fringe, and then slide the bead off the hook and onto the fringe. Wrap a piece of yarn around the fringe beneath the bead to hold in place.

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Kelsie

I'm a stay-at-home mom of 3 little ones that loves to create with yarn. I design crochet patterns, and create tutorials for fun crafts.