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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
All three cords should be close
Use the lower
portion of the working
cord to tie a counter-clockwise
Double Half Hitch onto the holding
The image shows the first knot. The
2nd is to the right of the first.
Repeat with the two cords for the core.
2: Use the working
cord (left) to tie the first half
of the Larks Head knot.
- under the core,
the working cord.
Tie the second
half of the knot by making another counter-clockwise
- over the core
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
Attach the bead
to the working cord, and tie the first
half of the Larks Head.
The loose end of the cord should be pulled
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.
Larks Head knots to make a 1-inch
The last knot tied should have no bead.
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
scallop by bringing the two cords for the
the horizontal holding cord.
Attach both cords with a clockwise
Half Hitch (the image shows only
Make sure they rest against the
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
1-inch sennit of Larks Head knots as in
The only change is that the loops are made
in a clockwise
the board around again.
Add the beads to the horizontal holding
Make sure they are the same size as the
others, so the scallops are similar in
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.
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
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
Step 2, creating the 3rd
The Larks Head knots are tied rotating counter-clockwise.
Continue on, repeating steps 3 and 2 to make more
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.
After the last
scallop is tied, attach all
3 cords to the holding cord with
DHH (include working cord).
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.
scallops are done, turn the bracelet so
Organize the cords at one end so the two
on the outside
become the working cords for the
That should turn out to be one that made
up the core, and the horizontal holding
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.
bracelet on your wrist tomake sure it
fits properly. Add or
remove knots as needed.
8: Flip the Caterpillar
Bracelet over so you are working in the
Tie a Barrel knot with the two cords used
to make the Square Knot (working cords).
Below for tightening instructions.
tightening, keep the cords horizontal.
This produces a flat knot rather than a
Apply glue before the knot is fully
9: Pass the remaining 4
ends through the bead for the clasp, in opposite
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.
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
continued: Repeat the Barrel knot
for the other two ends, making sure the spacing is
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