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Braid Bracelet

 
 Braid Bracelet

 
 

Description: This interesting Braid Bracelet is an easy Macrame project for kids as well as beginners. It's made with the two color Round Braid technique and has a loop with a button knot closure.

Make sure you practice the knots before you try creating this Macrame bracelet.

You can use any type of material to make this bracelet design.

In the example, 4mm Paracord was used to make the bracelet shown. Make sure you read the instructions in Cord Preparation about the proper way to prepare this material, if you plan to use it.


2018 Update:  I expanded the instructions to include the Square Knot, and made other changes as well.  Contact me if you need the original page.

 

 

Supplies Needed:

  • 2mm to 4mm cord material in two colors
  • Glue
  • Project Board and Pins


 
Knots Used:  The instructions for all 3 knots are below.



 

Round Braid Instructions


Step 1:  Determine the finished size you want to make by measuring your wrist. 

Multiply that measurement by 4, and cut both cords to that length.  Prepare the tips to prevent unraveling.

 
 
Loop
 

Make a loop in the center of the first cord, crossing right over left. 

Mentally label it Cord A.

Arrange the two halves horizontally.
 

 
Cord B
  Step 2:  Slide Cord B through the loop, placing the center of it at the crossing point. 

The left half should pass over Cord A on the left and under it on the right.  
 

 
Cross
 

Step 3: Cross the two halves of Cord B right over left to make the next loop.

Adjust the size of the first loop (Cord A) so it measures 3/4-inch from the top to the crossing point. 

Arrange each half horizontally.

 


Designer's Tip:  The Braid Bracelet should be tightened as you progress. 

Starting with the second loop, make sure each one is firmly tightened before moving on to the next.


 
Next Loop

Step 4:  Move one half of Cord A over Cord B on the right. 

Move the other half under Cord B on the left.  

Cross the two halves of Cord A right over left, then arrange them horizontally.

 


Next Loop

Step 5: Move one half of Cord B under Cord A on the right.  Move the other half over it on the left.

This is the opposite of how you arranged Cord A in the previous step.

Cross the two halves right over left, then arrange them horizontally.




As you continue, remember these details:

When using Cord A, the starting position of the two halves is always OVER on the right, and UNDER on the left.

When using Cord B, their position is always UNDER on the right, and OVER on the left. 

The loop is always completed by crossing right over left.



Repeat

Step 6:  Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the Round Braid is close to the finished size you determined in step 1.

The last loop you make should be with Cord A if possible, so the instructions below make more sense.




Square Knot Instructions


To finish the Braid Bracelet, you need to tie some type of knot to hold the cord together.  Below are instructions for a RIGHT Square Knot, which I recommend.

Step 7:  Move both halves of Cord B into position, but do not cross them.   They should remain vertical and rest side-by-side.

Mentally label the two halves of Cord A where they rest now (Left or Right).

 

Right to Left


Move the right half of Cord A to the left, passing over Cord B.

Bring it under the left half of Cord A.




Left to Right

Move the left half of Cord A to the right, passing under Cord B.

As you pull it out on the right, move it over the right half of Cord A.

Tighten firmly.



Left to Right

The two halves of Cord A have switched places.

Move the right half of Cord A to the right, passing over Cord B.

Bring it under the left half of Cord A.



Right to Left

Move the left half of Cord A to the left, passing under Cord B.

As you pull it out on the left, move it over the right half of Cord A.

Make sure the Square Knot is very tight.



 

Oysterman Knot Instructions (Clasp)


 
You can use any type of round knot for the clasp. You can also use a regular plastic button or a bead, instead of a knot.  Below are the instructions to make the Oysterman Knot.

Step 8:  Finish off the two ends of Cords A. You can pass them through two loops in the BACK of the Braid Bracelet and apply glue to hold them in place.

 


 
Loop
 

Make a counter-clockwise loop with the two halves of Cord B, which act together as if they were one cord.

 

 
Bight
 

Fold the working ends to form a bight, then pass it through the loop under - over (from below).

Tighten the loop by pulling on the bight, gradually working out the slack.  Tighten FIRMLY.

Try to keep it 1/2-inch from the Square Knot.

 

 
Left to Right
 

Bring the working ends under the area near the SK, heading left to right.  Pass them through the bight (over - under).

Add glue near the tightened portion.  Pull on the area shown, to tighten the bight

Then pull on the ends to tighten the rest of the Oysterman knot.  Make sure it's very tight.

 

 
Complete
  To secure the Braid Bracelet, pass the Oysterman Knot through the loop at the top.
 



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