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Bugle Braid

Bugle Braid

Description: The Bugle Braid is a historical knot often used to make straps for musical instruments.

It's also been used in the military, so it's sometimes called the Military Bugle Cord or Bugler's Strap.

I've seen this design in a vintage Macrame book written in the late 1800s, so it's been around for a long time.

Like the Chain Sennit, you use one end to form bights that slide into one another. But in this decorative knot, you pass through two loops instead of one. This makes the sennit stronger and more closely woven than the regular Chain Sennit.

I recommend you practice this technique with Paracord or Satin first, since they are both somewhat slippery, making the process easier.



This technique was found on the Fusion Knots website. Designs by JD Lenzen.

Click on the link or image to visit the site.  Be sure to see the video gallery, where you will find tutorials for this and other interesting knotting techniques and designs.

  Fusion Knots Website
Wrap Short End Around  

You need one cord at least 45 inches long to practice the Bugle Braid.

Step 1: Fold the cord approximately 12 inches from one end (1). Wrap the short end around the long end, rotating under - over (2).


Wrap a Second Time  

Step 2: Wrap the short end around a second time, closer to the folded area (3).

Mentally label the three loops as shown.


Pass End Through Loops  

Step 3: Pass the short end through loops 3 and 2, moving left to right.


Turn Knot Over   Turn the knot over.  Make sure the short end is at the top, with the long end at the bottom.

You need to clearly see all three loops, so make sure nothing is twisted.

Bight Through Two Loops  

Step 4: Form a bight with the long end, and pass it under loop 3.   Next, pass it through loop 1.

Pull on the bight as well as the short end, to tighten loops 1 - 3.


New Bight Through Previous Two  

Step 5: Make sure the long end is at the bottom.

Fold the long end to form a new bight, and pass it under loop 1

Bring it through the bight you made in step 4.



Design Tip: The key to making the Bugle Braid successfully is to do the following:

  • Keep the long end at the bottom, making sure it's not twisted.
  • Pass each new bight through the two previously made. One will be tightened and the other loose.
  • Pull firmly on the new bight when it's in position, which will tighten the others.
  • Keep the sennit on a surface until you feel comfortable, then you can pick it up as you work.

Pass END Through Bights   Step 6: When the braiding is the size you want, pass the end through the two loops, rather than another bight.

Front and Back   Here's a closer image of the front and back views (click on the photo).

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