What is it about keychains that make them the perfect reminder of a fun vacation? We buy all sorts of keychains, ones with our names inscribed on them, or of well known monuments that we’ve seen, or even empty ones that we can fill with favorite photos later. Keychains are small reminders of the times we don’t want to forget. They’re memory keepers, tiny little mementos from a time or place that made us happy.
This pattern, then, is the best way to commemmorate a family reunion, a friends’ vacation trip, a siblings’ retreat, or a solo trip to the beach for some well-deserved R&R. You can coordinate the colors with your favorite bathing suit, season, team, or pick random colors that will brighten up a set of plain keys. These would also make great gifts for a beach-themed party, or you could forego the keychain and instead make these to use as wine charms.
This crochet pattern is simple, straightforward, and can be made in under a half hour. It’s also a great way to use up leftover yarn in your stash. To make one (or more) of the flip-flop keychains, you’ll need to gather up the following materials:
- Two different yarn colors (you might want to use the same type of yarn, but it’s fun to have a choice of colors and mix and match. You will probably want a cotton yarn so that, should something happen to the keychain, it’s easy to wash)
- 3mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- A pair of scissors
- Metal key ring (these can be ordered online or found at a local craft store)
You’ll also need to be familiar with the following crochet terminology:
- Chain (ch)
- Slip stitch (sl st)
- Single crochet (sc)
- Double crochet (dc)
- Half double crochet (hdc)
You can alter the flip-flops if you like, by making slippers, or making a slide-on with a bow instead of the regular flip-flop. If you prefer written instructions, you can find the list of materials and pattern here. If you’d rather watch a video tutorial and follow along as the keychain is made, you can do so here or here.