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 Caterpillar Bracelet

Caterpillar Bracelet

Description:  The Caterpillar Bracelet features a series of Buttonhole Scallops that alternate on both sides of a center line.  Seed beads are added so they rest on top, as well as between, the scallops.  

Note: In the image above, the bracelet design was resting flat on a surface.

It's important to use beads in the area between the scallops, or they will be really skinny.  The beads should be the same height ( vertically from hole to hole).

The material used in the example was 1mm Hemp cord.

Important: Make sure you use a project board small enough to turn around easily.

This Micro-Macrame pattern is rated Moderate only due to the size of the materials used.  The process is relatively easy, so beginners with experience can make this jewelry item.  

Supplies Needed:
  • 1mm Cord Material (6 - 10 yards)
  • 62 (or more) Seed Beads (size 6/0)
  • One bead with 5mm hole size
  • Project Board, Pins and Tape
  • Glue that dries clear

Decorative Knots Used:


Cut one holding cord 30 inches long.  This will run through the center of the Caterpillar Bracelet.

Cut one working cord 3 yards long for a 7-inch Bracelet.  For larger sizes, cut the cord longer (15 inches of material for every 1-inch increase in size).

Cut two cords for the core, each 50 inches long.  Increase for longer bracelets.

Prepare the ends with glue to prevent fray and to stiffen the cord for beading.

In the images shown, both the holding cord and working cord are blue.

For the core of the Buttonhole Scallops, light blue and lavender were used.

Step 1:  Place the 30-inch holding cord on your board horizontally.  Secure it with tension in a manner that can be easily removed.  Place a piece of tape at the center of the holding cord.

A great way to secure the fine cords used in the Caterpillar Bracelet is to wrap them around T-Pins several times and then use tape to hold the end to your board.  This way you can remove the cord from the pin easily.

Match Centers

Arrange the working cord vertically next to the tape, match the ends to center it, and secure the upper portion.

Do the same with the two cords from the core, placing them to the right of the working cord. 

All three cords should be close together. 

Half Hitch

Use the lower portion of the working cord to tie a counter-clockwise Double Half Hitch onto the holding cord. 

The image shows the first knot.  The 2nd is to the right of the first.

Repeat with the two cords for the core.

First Half

Step 2:  Use the working cord (left) to tie the first half of the Larks Head knot.

Rotate counter-clockwise, over - under the core, and over the working cord.

Second Half

Tie the second half of the knot by making another counter-clockwise loop.

Pass under - over the core and under the working cord (opposite of first half).

Both steps equal one Larks Head knot.

The Beads for the Caterpillar Bracelet are attached on all the even numbered knots (2, 4, 6, 8, etc.).   The image below shows knot 4 begin tied.


Attach the bead to the working cord, and tie the first half of the Larks Head. 

Important: The loose end of the cord should be pulled behind the bead.   Make sure you slide the bead up first, and then tighten the knot.

Tie the second half of the knot in front of the bead.


Tie enough Larks Head knots to make a 1-inch sennit. 

The last knot tied should have no bead.

Turn Board

Step 3:  Turn the project board around so the scallop is above the holding cord.

Attach 3 - 5 beads to the horizontal holding cord (not the working cord or core). 

Use your judgement in deciding how many -- the more you add, the wider the scallops will be.

Attach Core

Form the scallop by bringing the two cords for the core down, under the horizontal holding cord.

Attach both cords with a clockwise Double Half Hitch (the image shows only one). 

Make sure they rest against the beads. 

Working Cord

Step 4:  Move the working cord down, passing it under the core, and to the right.

Now it's in the right position to start the next scallop for the Caterpillar Bracelet. 

Next Sennit

Make another 1-inch sennit of Larks Head knots as in step 2. 

The only change is that the loops are made in a clockwise direction.

Repeat step 3

Turn the board around again.

Add the beads to the horizontal holding cord.

Make sure they are the same size as the others, so the scallops are similar in shape.

Attach Core

Form the 2nd scallop by bringing the cords for the core under the horizontal holding cord.

Attach both of them with counter-clockwise Double Half Hitches.

Starting Position

Step 5:  Bring the working cord down under the horizontal holding cord as well as the core, placing it on the left.

It's now in it's original position, and ready for the 3rd scallop of the Caterpillar Bracelet.

Design Tip:  Here is the key to remembering which side of the core the working cord should be placed:

Prior to ODD numbered scallops -- left

Prior to EVEN numbered scallops -- right

Repeat Step 2

Repeat Step 2, creating the 3rd scallop. 

The Larks Head knots are tied rotating counter-clockwise.

Step 6:  Continue on, repeating steps 3 and 2 to make more scallops. 

Stop when the first half of the Caterpillar Bracelet measures half the finished length, and subtract 0.5 inches. 

For a 7-inch bracelet, half is 3.5 inches. Subtract 0.5 inches =  stop at 3 inches.

Attach All 3 Cords

After the last scallop is tied, attach all 3 cords to the holding cord with DHH (include working cord).


Step 7:  Go back to the center of the Caterpillar Bracelet and remove the tape.  Turn the bracelet around, so the first scallop you made is at the top.

Move the working cord to the left of the core, and start the process again.  Repeat steps 2 - 6.

Organize Cords

When the scallops are done, turn the bracelet so it's vertical.

Organize the cords at one end so the two on the outside become the working cords for the band. 

That should turn out to be one that made up the core, and the horizontal holding cord.

Square Knots

Tie a sennit of Square Knots with the working cords around the two between them.

Stop when it measures 0.5 inches in length. Repeat this process at the other end of the bracelet. 

Put the bracelet on your wrist to make sure it fits properly.  Add or remove knots as needed.

Barrel Knot

Step 8:  Flip the Caterpillar Bracelet over so you are working in the back.

Tie a Barrel knot with the two cords used to make the Square Knot (working cords).

See Below for tightening instructions.

Flat Knot

While tightening, keep the cords horizontal.

This produces a flat knot rather than a round one.

Apply glue before the knot is fully tightened.


Step 9:  Pass the remaining 4 ends through the bead for the clasp, in opposite directions.

Put the bracelet on your wrist and pull the ends to close it.  Then open it wide enough to get your hand out.

Hold it steady and measure the distance between the bead and the last Square knot tied in the band.


Close the Caterpillar Bracelet.  The measurement you got in the last step is the spacing you need between the bead and the finishing knot.

Leave the correct amount of space, and then tie a Barrel knot with both cords acting together as if they were one cord.  Apply glue while tightening it into a round shape.


Step 9, continued:  Repeat the Barrel knot for the other two ends, making sure the spacing is the same.

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