Thursday, March 7, 2013

Guitar Pick Holder Keychain- FREE Crochet Pattern!

Guitar Pick Holder Keychain
Well, today is the day! My very first original, FREE CROCHET PATTERN is ready for you guys! I created this Guitar Pick Holder Keychain pattern last year, but it's just been sitting in a spiral notebook just waiting to be shared. Almost ALL of the crochet knowledge I have gained has been from FREE patterns and tutorials that I found online. I would not be where I am today with my crochet business, if it wasn't for the hard work of others. Now that I have gone through the whole process of writing and publishing a pattern online, I have even more respect for the amazing people who have published so many before me. A million thank yous to each and every one of you!! It is because of you that I feel inclined to give back was has been so freely given to me...

Tribute to Paul Stanley of KISS
made for my future bro-n-law!

This past Christmas, I wanted to create something special for my future brother-in-law. He's my Honey's big brother and I love him dearly. He's a rocker through and through and deserved something really unique as a gift! After a lot of thought, I decided on a Crochet Guitar Pick Holder for his keychain. My Honey has a leather one, but I'm no leather worker. I looked everywhere for a pattern like this and couldn’t find one. We know a ton of people who play guitar or bass… so, there’s got to be other people out there looking for a similar pattern. As soon as I wrote the pattern, I knew it was destined to go online!



Guitar Pick Holder Keychain Crochet Pattern
Written By: Brittany “Bee” Williams

3mm hook (a small hook keeps everything nice and tight!)
Med. Worsted Weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
Large yarn needle for sewing in ends
Small snap and embroidery thread for sewing
Key ring of your choice

SC= single crochet
FO= finish off or cut yarn
SK1= skip 1st stitch
SC2TOG= single crochet two stitches together
SLST= slipstitch

For this piece, I chose to not use the “CH1 and turn” method to finish off each row. If I am starting an increase row, I like to skip the CH1, and just turn at the end of each row without it. I prefer this method in almost all of my work. If it makes you nervous, feel free to apply a CH1 as needed at the end of every row.

1- Using the back bumps, place 1SC in 2nd ch from hook and in last. (2)
2- 2SC in each (4)
3- 2SC, SC, SC, 2SC (6)
4- 1SC in each (6)
5- 2SC, SC, SC, SC, SC, 2SC (8)
6- 1SC in each (8)
7- 1SC in each (8)
8- 1SC in each (8)
9- 1SC in each (8)
10- 1SC in each, FO (8)
Make another piece exactly like that (rows 1-10) but DO NOT FO at the end of row 10!
Add these rows to the 2nd piece:
11- 1SC in each (8)
12- 1SC in each (8)
13- To create a ridge for the flap, work in Front Loops Only, 1SC in each (8)
14- 1SC in each (8)
15- 1SC in each (8)
16- SK1, 1SC in next 5 stitches, SC2TOG, CH1, turn (6)
17- SK1, 1SC in next 3 stitches, SC2TOG, CH1, turn (4)
18- 1SC in each. Do NOT cut yarn unless you are changing colors (4)
Sew in the yarn ends of both pieces. Place the two pieces together with the “wrong sides” facing. Make sure that the ridge that you formed in row 13 is facing outside.

19- Now, CH1 and SC down the top edge of the bigger piece. When you run into the bottom piece, start to SC the two pieces together.
When you reach the bottom of the pick holder, you have a few options:
a- SC evenly across the bottom with no keychain loops
b- CH4, SLST (1 loop) and then continue to SC up the other side of the two pieces.
c- **Preferred** Working through the two SC at the bottom of each piece… (SLST in first SC, CH4, SLST in same SC) (SLST in 2nd SC, CH4, SLST in same SC) (2 loops)
I prefer this method because it allows the key ring to pass through 2 loops. This is more secure AND forces the Pick Holder to stay “in line” with your keys. My Honey is a professional guitar player and personally requested his to be made this way. (See Picture)
Then, continue to SC up the other side of  the two pieces. After I SC both pieces together and make my way back up to the top of the piece, I like to finish the piece by putting a SLST in each of the 4 stitches from row 18 and then FO.  I think this gives the flap end a little sturdiness.
Next on the list, sew a snap onto the holder! I use a small snap, but one that is strong enough to have a good hold. You want to sew one side of the snap onto the flap and the other side of the snap onto the bottom piece. Just make sure that they line up! I messed up my first try! lol

My tribute to Paul Stanley...
with the flap up, it looks like his hair!

Final touch is adding the key ring. This part can be tricky, even for my tiny fingers. If you chose to add one loop, that’s easy enough to figure out. If you chose two loops, you want to make sure that the key ring passes through BOTH of the loops. Make sure that you get it through the loop and not through one of the individual chains.

If you chose not to add a loop at the bottom of your Pick Holder, you could always just throw it into your purse or guitar bag! Carry it in your back pocket? Maybe affix the Pick Holder to your guitar strap or an arm band?

Now, get to personalizing! Add a heart or flower! Embroider a design or monogram! Take it to the next level and make it a tribute to Paul Stanley from KISS!

©2013 Brittany Williams/Bee’s Booties and More, all rights reserved. You may sell items you make with this crochet pattern. You may not sell this crochet pattern or claim it as your own. You may publish or post a link to this crochet pattern, but you may not publish or post this crochet pattern in whole or in part.

I hope that you enjoy this awesome FREE pattern! If you like the pattern, please share it with your friends! Thank you, again, to everyone in the crochet community who publishes free patterns!

Warmest Regards,

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  1. Sounds like a great project, and love the final results. You are so talented. :)

    1. Thank you so much! It's easy to love my day job when it is so much fun!

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  2. This is awesome, thanks for sharing! My son plays guitar sometimes, so I might make him one :)

  3. I made one for my brother in law, for Christmas! It's really cute! I had no idea what to get him, but I think this is going to be great :) It was easy to make, too! Thank you for such great instructions!!!!! and thank you for sharing!!! :)

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  5. Your pick holder pattern inspired me to make one; I found that while the fold over piece is attractive and made special as a gift that I can make two triangle pieces, and crochet around edges except for opening as the pick does not slide out. Thank you for sharing your little works of art.

  6. These will be perfect for me! I just got my first guitar, and could use something to keep my pick in. :)

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