Free Taco Key Chain Pattern!

I moved to Texas in 2012 after a year of dating my guy, long-distance. The joke is that I moved here to be with him, but the breakfast tacos (and the queso) are what won me over!

I started making these little tacos during the 2016 presidential campaign when a surrogate for one of the candidates warned that voting for the opposition would result in taco trucks on every corner. Now, I don’t know about you, but that seems like a dream I wouldn’t want to wake up from! So, I set about making it happen by crocheting “taco trucks” that said “Vote” and putting them up on corners around Austin. Here is that original pattern.

Taco truck on the corner of Congress Ave and 11th St, in front of the Texas State Capitol 10/2016.

After the election I had a bunch of tortillas, lettuce, and tomatoes that I hadn’t had time to finish and were just sitting around my studio. I let them sit for several months until, voila, I decided to turn them into key chains and the rest is history!

J/10 6mm crochet hook
Yarn needle
Tortilla =  Caron One Pound (or similar worsted weight), Sunflower (Yellow)
Lettuce = Lionbrand Homespun, Forest
Tomato/Meat = Caron One Pound (or similar worsted weight), Scarlet (Red)/Brown

Abbreviations (all US terms)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
trc = triple crochet

How to form a magic circle when working in the round:

Taco Pattern
Using yellow yarn, form a magic circle (see video above), leave a long tail for sewing later.
Row 1: Chain 3 (counts as first dc throughout), 11 dc into circle, pull tight and join with slip stitch into 3rd chain of chain 3. (12 dc)
Row 2: Chain 3, dc in same space, 2 dc in each dc around circle. Join with slip stitch and fasten off, also leaving a long tail. (24 dc).

Depending on your green yarn choice you might want to fiddle with this. I use Lion brand, Homespun and it gives a ruffly, texturized look.
Chain 9
Row 1: In second ch from hook, sc. Next, hdc, dc, trc, trc, dc, hdc, sc, turn.
Row 2: Chain 1, sc in same stitch. Trc in next stitch, sc in next, continue alternating trc, sc, across. Fasten off. Sew in loose ends.

Using red yarn (tomato) or brown yarn (meat),
Chain 9
Row 1: In second ch from hook, sc. Next, hdc, dc, trc, trc, dc, hdc, sc, fasten off, sew in loose ends.
Fold the tortilla in half and put the lettuce and meat inside, letting the lettuce fluff out of the top. Using the long tails from the tortilla, sew them all together working from one side of the tortilla to the other along the curve. Once the lettuce and tomato are secure inside the tortilla, weave in ends and fasten off.

Key chain:
Depending on the key chain hardware you have, you may need to first place a jump ring on one corner of the taco and then attach the key chain.

And there you have it: taco goodness!

Please feel free to use this pattern to make and sell taco key chains, linking to this post whenever possible. I reserve all rights to the written pattern.

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