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Button Ring

 
Button Ring

 
Description:  The Button Ring is a great way to feature a small shank style button in a Macrame Project.  You can use an attractive bead instead, with similar results.

This Micro-Macrame ring makes a good beginner's project, provided you know how to tie the knots in the pattern.

The materials you use will determine how tight the knots become and the overall size.  In the images, I used 1mm purple Hemp cord.   Try to use material that is not waxed.

Be sure to measure your finger before getting started.
 

 

Supplies Needed:

  • 1mm Cord Material
  • 8mm to 12mm Shank style button or flat bead
  • Project Board, pins, and tape
 
 

Knots Used:

 
 

 

Preparation

 
  • Cut 8 cords, each at least 25 inches long. 

Prepare the ends by applying glue to the tips.  Allow it to dry completely.

 

 

First Half of Band

 
 
Arrange the Cords Vertically   Step 1:  Arrange the cords so they are resting vertically in front of you.  Make sure they are not crossed.  Mentally number the cords 1 thru 8.

The working cords for the next step are 1, 2, 7, 8. The fillers are 3 - 6.
 

 
Double Square Knot   Step 2: Tie a Doubled Square Knot using the four working cords (2 cords on each side).

The SK should be placed approximately 5 inches down from the top end of the cords.
 

 
Alternating Square Knots  

Step 3:  Divide the cords into 2 groups of 4.

Moving left to right, tie the first row of Alternating Square Knots with cords 1 - 4 and 5 - 8.

The next row has only one ASK, with cords 3 - 6.

 

 

You can tie both left and right Square Knots to make the edges more symmetrical (optional).

Repeat this process again, at least 3 to 5 times, until the design is half the size of your finger.  End with a row containing only 1 knot.

 
 

 

Middle Section (Diamond)

 
 
Begin the Diamond  

Step 4: Mentally number the cords again. Position cord 4 diagonally, towards the left side of the Button Ring design.  It should rest on top of the other three cords.

Secure it so it is taut, since it's the left holding cord.

 

 
Do the same with cord 5, positioning it to the right.

It will be the right holding cord for the diamond, in the center of the Button Ring design.
 

 
First Row of DHH  

Step 5: On the left, attach cords 3 - 1 to holding cord 4, with Double Half Hitches, in that order.

Rotate clockwise when tying these knots.

 


Step 5, continued:  On the right, attach cords 6 - 8 to holding cord 5, rotating counter-clockwise.


 
Second Row of DHH   Step 6:  To make the second row of DHH, move cord 3 to the left, and cord 6 to the right.

These will be the next set of holding cords.
 

 

Attach cords 2 and 1 to holding cord 3, as well as holding cord 4, with DHH. Rotate clockwise when tying the DHH.


Attach cords 7 and 8 to holding cord 6, along with holding cord 5, rotating counter-clockwise.


Tighten these knots firmly, so the two rows are close together.

 

 
Add the Button  

Step 7:  Keep holding cords 3 and 6 secured.

Pass either 2 or 4 cords through the shank of the button, or through the hole if you are using a bead. 

 

 
DHH for Second Half, Row 1  

Step 8:  For the next row of DHH, the holding cords are 3 and 6 again.  Move them towards the center of the Button Ring design.

I moved the button slightly to the left, so you could see the Double Half Hitches. It's important to keep everything straight.
 


Step 8, continued: Attach the three working cords on the right to holding cord 6, rotating clockwise.

Attach the three cords on the left to holding cord 3, rotating counter-clockwise.



 
DHH Row 2  

Step 9: To make the second row, mentally number the cords 1 - 8 again.  Bring holding cord 1 to the center, and attach cords 2 - 4 to it.

On the right, use holding cord 8, and attach the 3 cords on the right (7 - 5). 

To close the diamond, attach one holding cord to the other with a DHH.

 


 

Second Half of Band

 
 
Second Half

Step 10:  Repeat step 3 to make the second half of the band.  The first row should have 1 Square Knot.

Measure as you progress, and stop when the ASK design is the same size as the first.

End with a row containing 2 knots.
 

 
Double ASK   Step 11: Tie the Double SK using cords 1 and 2 as the left working cords, with 7 and 8 as the right ones.

This is the same as Step 2.
 


 

Finishing Touches

 
 

Step 12:  Measure the Button Ring design around your finger.  It should be loose enough to slide on and off easily.  It doesnÂ’t need to be tight like a metal ring, because the cord material holds to your skin better. 

If the band is too tight, remove the Double SK, and tie additional rows of Square knots at both ends. Then re-tie those two knots.

If it's too loose, remove knots from both ends.

 


To close the ring, fold the design and arrange it so it's upside down or on its side.

You want the finishing knots to end up on the inside.

 
Close the Ring  

Use one cord from each half and tie a tight Overhand knot. 

Trim the cords you used, so they are shorter than the others.  This way you won't accidentally use them a second time.

 

 
Finish the Button Ring by applying glue to the knots.   Allow it to dry completely, and cut off the excess material.
 
 


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