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Bangle Bracelet

 Bangle Bracelet


Description: The Bangle Bracelet features a type of circular braiding called the Turks Head knot.   This historic decorative knot was a favorite of the Celtic artists in ancient times.  It represents the concept of "eternity".

The knot is easy to make, so this is a great Macrame project for beginners as well as children.

This type of Micro-Macrame bracelet slides over the wrist without a clasp, so you should make it with material that stretches slightly.  Add a second cord if you want to make it wider than what is shown above (see step 10).

Supplies Needed:

  • 2 mm – 4 mm cord material
  • Drinking glass or other cylinder (slightly larger than your wrist).
  • Fabric glue that dries clear
  • Tape



Cut one 60-inch cord for a bracelet measuring 5 to 6 inches long.   For larger sizes, the cord should be at least 72 inches long.

Prepare the tips to prevent unraveling.

When using Parachute cord as shown in the example, melt the tips with a flame to seal the outer sleeve around the inner core.  See Cord Preparation for more details.

Step 1:  Secure one end of the cord to the glass with tape, placing it on the left near the rim. 

The secured portion is called the "tail" in the following instructions.  The arrows show the direction of each segment.

First Cross

Move the working end across the front of the glass heading diagonally to the right.

Bring it around the back of the glass vertically, then to the front again.  Pass it over the secured tail heading left.

Mentally label the crossing point #1.


Cross 2

Step 2: Bring the working end around the back of the glass vertically, then to the front again.  Arrange it between the tail and the segment on the right. 

Move it left to right diagonally, making the next crossing point (#2).

Secure it with tape.



Step 3: Bring the working end to the right.

Repeat Step 1 to make crossing point 3.

Repeat Step 2 to make crossing point 4.  Secure it with tape.


Right to Left

Step 4:  Now you will begin the weaving process for the Bangle Bracelet.

Move the working end of the cord near crossing points 1 and 3 by passing it under - over - under - over the four segments (right to left).

Move Segment

Step 5:  Move back slightly from where you did the weaving in step 4 by rolling the glass toward you. 

Make 4 more crossing points for the Bangle Bracelet by moving the segment on the left over the one on the right (both areas). 

See information below.


Designer's Tip:  The image above shows the weaving in the area near crossing point 1. You need to do the same thing near crossing point 3.

This will produce two additional crossed areas further back from where you are working.  Use them in step 7.

Always weave the working end through the four segments in the area close to the crossing points.

Left to Right

Step 6: Weave the working end through the area near the new set of crossing points.

Weave under - over - under - over heading left to right.


Right to Left

Step 7: Roll the glass towards you and locate the next two crossing points.

Weave through the area under - over - under - over, moving right to left.



Step 8:  Repeat steps 5 - 7 several more times, until you reach the area where crossing points 2 and 4 are secured.

Remove the tape from the secured end as well as the two crossed areas.

Final Step

Step 9:  Place your finger next to crossing points 2 and 4 and slide them toward you to make some room.

Weave the working end through one more time. The direction may vary from the image shown.

Remove the Bangle Bracelet from the base, but do not tighten it yet.


Second Cord

Step 10 (Optional):  To make the Bangle Bracelet thicker, place a second cord to the right of the secured end.

Follow the path
of the first cord all the way through, until you reach the other end of the cord. 


Check the fit and tighten the entire bracelet as needed.

Trim the ends and slide them under one segment in the area where they rest (on the inside of the bracelet).  Apply glue to hold them in place. 

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