I can't read patterns but I make (and remake) everything by "ear". I started crocheting lanyards for my e-cigs, then I taught myself plastic canvas. The canvas is MUCH better, but they still don't stand the test of time. I've used regular yarn, fabric yarn, then hemp. Either the yarn/hemp frays of the plastic breaks. I even tried doubling the canvas. Maybe I'm just expecting too much? It takes 6-12 hours to make a lanyard (not counting re-dos, measuring and cutting). The lanyards only last about 3 months What does everyone else buy or make?