Monday, 4 July 2011

Macrame Monday: Square Knotted Bracelets (How To)

My newest Macrame creation are these pretty coloured hemp bracelets.

Wanna learn how to make one?

First I have to teach you a new knot! Oooooohhhhhhh

The Square Knot

To do a square knot you will need at least 2 cords. I used 4 cords for this particular project. You really only knot the outer (blue) cords with the red ones being filler in the centre.

On the right hand side of your project, take the outermost cord. Place it over top of the two cords in the middle. And then put it underneath the outer left hand cord.

On the left hand side of your project, take the outermost thread. Place it underneath the middle threads and loop it over top of your outermost right hand cord. Pull as tightly as you want. I made all the square knots on the bracelet project very tight.

Once you've got it pulled tight, take your left most cord and place it over the two middle cords and underneath the right most cord.

Then take your right most cord, place it underneath the middle cords and loop it over the leftmost cord. Pull tight again. This will complete both halves of the square knot.

Here is what a finished square knot looks like. Continue making square knots to create a sinnet or chain of square knots.

OK, now that you know how to make a square knot or a chain of square knots, you're ready to make this pretty bracelet!

Supplies Needed:
- hemp cording
- large flatish glass beads
- wooden dowel to anchor project

Time Needed:
These ones took me about 45 minutes each to knot

Skill Needed:
- easy
- knowledge of basic macrame
- clove hitch and square knot (instructions above)

Step One:
- Cut 5 cords of hemp about double the length of your arm.
- fold the cords in half and anchor them to your wooden dowel with an overhand knot

Step Two:
- Use your leftmost cord as an anchor and tie a row of clove hitch knots across the top

Step Three:
- Thread a large bead on the two innermost cords leaving four cords on either side of the bead. Tie the two threads in a knot to keep the bead in place while you're doing the next step.

Step Four:
- Using the four cords on the left, tie a chain of square knots that is the same length as the bead you just threaded. Repeat for the cords on the right.

Step Five:
- Repeat steps two, three and four until your bracelet is the desired length.

Step Six:
- Tie the ends in another overhand knot. Trim excess cording, making sure to leave a few inches to tie the bracelet to your wrist. You can braid the tail for easier tying if you like.

Make one for each of your outfits or moods or friends or whatever!

And of course if you don't want to make one of your own but would love to purchase one, they are available at Tawny Bee

Coloured Hemp Macrame Bracelet - Beaded Orange
On Etsy
On Zibbet

Coloured Hemp Macrame Bracelet - Beaded Purple
On Etsy
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Coloured Hemp Macrame Bracelet - Beaded Blue
On Etsy
On Zibbet


Sharing my latest Macrame project with:
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Lil' Luna Link Party - Lil' Luna

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