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Celtic Bracelet


Figure Eight Design

 
Description:  This Celtic Bracelet is a Micro-Macrame design that features the Figure Eight knot, which can be used for other items, such as Macrame belts.  

On a separate page is the necklace called the Figure Eight Choker, which uses this same weaving technique.

The Macrame bracelet described in this pattern features a closely woven series of loops linked together horizontally.  The Figure Eight knot can be made in other ways, so this is just one option.  I recommend you experiment with the other variations of this interesting knot.

This bracelet pattern has a simple bead clasp, and features two colors of Satin material.  When using Satin or other delicate cords, be sure to either LEAN the pins to secure the loops, or the Cross Pin Technique.

This project is rated Easy, but is time consuming It will take several hours to make the small adjustments necessary, so the knots are all the same size.
 

 
Supplies Needed:
  • 2mm cord material (2 colors -- optional)
  • 1 bead with hole size 4mm to 5mm
  • 4 small beads with 3mm to 4mm holes
  • Project board and pins
  • Fabric glue that dries clear
 
 
Knots Used:
 



Preparation:  Cut two cords, each 3 yards long (for a bracelet up to 8 inches). 

Prepare the ends with glue.

 
Lower Loop


Step 1: Make the lower loop of the first Figure Eight knot with both cords, crossing right over left.

You will use the cords now on the right to make the first part of the Celtic bracelet, so secure the other half for now.

Color A = Blue       Color B = Silver
 


Upper Loop

Step 2:  Make the top loop in a counter-clockwise direction, passing the end under to form the crossing point.  Make sure you keep the cords flat and close together. 

Notice that the colors have shifted:

Color A = outside       Color B = inside



Link

Step 3:  Select the Color A cord, since it will be on the inside when you make the next loop.  Pass it through the lower loop of the first Figure Eight from below.

Rotate it clockwise, and bring it under the two cords as you move it towards the top of the knot.



Design Tip:  Using the two cords separately is much easier than trying to construct the loops with both acting together. 

Just remember to always use the cord on the inside first. 



Second Cord

Step 4:  Use the other cord to follow the same path as the first, arranging it around the loop.

You can now tighten the lower loop of the first Figure Eight if you wish, or you can wait until after the next loop is made.



Design Tip:   After you link and make a new loop, you can tighten the loop you passed the cord through.   This helps to hold the cords in place, and allows you to hold the Celtic Bracelet in your hands as you construct it.  

The tightening process becomes more clear as you progress. Try to make each loop the same size, and small enough for the figure eight design to be 1/2 to 1-inch in size, top to bottom. 



Top Link

Step 5:  Pass the cord on the inside (color B) through the top loop from below.

Rotate it counter-clockwise and pass it under both cords as you bring it down.



Second Cord

Step 6:  Follow the same path using the other cord (color A), fitting it around the other loop.

You can now tighten the top loop of the first Figure Eight knot.



First Half

Step 7:  Here's another view of the tightening process, showing the first half of the bracelet.  Each time you make a "link" tighten the loop to the left of it.

Since you started at the center, stop when the Celtic Bracelet is half the size you need.



Flip and Turn

Step 8:  In order to make the second half while still moving left to right, you need to flip the bracelet over, so the back is facing up. 

Your other option is to move right to left for the second half.



Step 8, continued:  Adjust the three figure eights closest to the center, then tie the second half with the other end of the cords.

Stop when the bracelet is the size you want.



One Cord

The following instructions are for a simple bead clasp.  To see another option, using a button and loop, view the Figure Eight Choker. 

Step 9: 
Use one cord to make a final loop, as you did the others. Pull the end firmly to tighten the loop all the way.



Half Hitch
<< Use color A to tie a Half Hitch onto color B, as shown.

Use color B to tie the next Half Hitch, onto color A.   >>
Half Hitch



Bead Detail

Pass two ends through the large bead for the clasp.

Pass the other two ends through it as well, in the opposite direction.


 
Space

Step 10: Close the Celtic Bracelet completely by pulling on the ends.  You must leave at least 2 inches of space between the bead and the next knot, so the hand can fit through.

Apply a small bead, followed by an Overhand knot.
 

 
Detail of Finishing

(Optional) Pass the end back through the bead.  It will be a tight squeeze, so use a bead threader if needed.

Moving the bead away from the knot will help.



Apply Glue

Slide the bead back slightly and apply glue to the area next to the knot.   Move the bead over the glue and allow it to dry completely.

Cut off the extra material flush with the bead (on the opposite side from where the knot rests).

Repeat step 10 with the other three ends to complete the Celtic Bracelet.

 


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