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Picot Sandals

Picot Sandals

Description:  These Picot Sandals are a great way to decorate your feet.  Foot Jewelry has become very popular in recent years, and these are really unique. 

The area that fits on the top of the foot is a Fish Bone picot design made with Square Knots.  The straps feature one sided picots (loops), which can be used as attachment points for charms, if you wish to decorate these Barefoot Sandals.  A button or focal bead can be added in the area where the straps come off the center piece.

There is a loop-button clasp in the back of the ankle.  This can be changed if you prefer something else.

The material used in the example is waxed cotton, which holds the shape of the knots better than more flexible material.  Satin cord and Leather are also good choices for this design.

The beads are NOT optional -- you need them to provide space between the knots, especially in the straps.  Any size round beads can be used, but make sure they have 5mm holes.

This Macrame pattern is rated easy, suitable for beginners.

Supplies Needed:
  • 2mm Cord Material (10 yards for most sizes)
  • Round Beads with 5mm holes (65 - 70)
  • Button for Clasp
  • Focal Bead or Button for decoration (optional)
  • Project Board, pins, tape
  • Fabric Glue
  • Flexible Measuring Tape

Knots Used:


Before you can start the Picot Sandals, you must first measure your feet. 

These are three areas you need to measure: 


Toe Loop:  Measure around the second toe, and add 1-inch, so the knots start just beyond the toe.

Fish Bone Design:  Measure from near the toe, up towards the top of the foot where you want the straps to branch off.

Straps:  Measure from the branching point to the back of the ankle (both directions).

Preparation, continued:  Add up all three measurements to get the total length for your Picot Sandals, which will be close to your shoe size.

Cut 4 cords, each at least 9 times the total length. 

Prepare the ends in some manner to prevent unraveling. 

Toe Loop

Toe Loop

Step 1:  To make the toe loop for your Picot Sandals, fold one cord in half.  Secure it at the fold. 

Place a second cord under it, then match the ends so it's balanced.  Secure it as well.

See information below

Design Tip:  There are three ways to secure cords, depending on the material you are using: 

Straight Pin: The first is to put the pin through the material, but only if the fabric can handle it without damage. 

Cross-Pin technique:  When using delicate material like Satin or Leather, use this method.  One pin leans backward over the cord, and another pin leans forward, so they cross.

Basic Leaning: When cords are close together, you can simply lean one pin backward over the cord, so it's almost flat on the board.

Step 2: Now you will tie a Square Knot to attach the second cord to the first.   Cord 1 acts as the fillers for the knots.   

Tie all the Square Knots in the Picot Sandals following these four steps:

Step 1
<< Move the left half of cord 2 over cord 1, and under the right half of cord 2 (left to right).

Move the right half of cord 2 under cord 1, and over the left half of cord 2 (right to left). >>
Step 2

Pull the ends of cord 2 to tighten the knot around cord 1.

The two halves of cord 2 have switched places, so the direction you move them is the opposite for the second half of the Square Knot:

Step 3
<< Move the left half of cord 2 over cord 1, and under the right half of cord 2 (right to left).

Move the right half of cord 2 under cord 1, and over the left half of cord 2 (left to right). >>

Tighten firmly.
Step 4


Try the loop around your toe to see if you like the size.  Make adjustments by sliding the SK up or down.

Place a pin behind the SK to prevent the knot from moving backward.


Step 3:  Slide a bead onto both halves of cord 1

Attach cord 3 to cord 1, as you did in the previous step. 

Add another bead, then attach cord 4 in the same manner.

Fish Bone Design

To make the Fish Bone design for your Picot Sandals, you need to keep your cords organized. 

Always arrange the ends of cords 2 - 4 horizontally, when they are not in use.  Cord 1 should remain vertical.

Mentally label cords 2 - 4, which are the working cords.  Beads are attached to cord 1, between each SK.

Cord 2

Step 4:  Add a bead to cord 1, and slide it up to rest below cord 4.

Bring the two ends of cord 2 down, passing over cords 3 and 4.  Tie a SK with cord 2, onto cord 1.

Important:  Leave a 1/4-inch space between this knot and the bead.


Slide the Square Knot up to rest against the bead.

This causes the cord to bulge outward, forming the picots.

Before you move on, arrange the ends of cord 2 horizontally, like the others.

Cord 3

Step 5: Add a bead to cord 1.  Move cord 3 down, passing over cords 4 and 2. 

Tie a Square knot with cord 3, onto cord 1.

Make sure there is a 1/4-inch space between this knot and the bead.  Then slide it up to form the picots.

Cord 4

Step 6:  Add a bead to cord 1.  Move cord 4 down, passing over cords 2 and 3. 

Tie the SK, placing it 1/4-inch away from the bead.  Then push the knot up, as you did in previous steps.


Step 7:  Repeat steps 4 - 6, adding more length to the Fish Bone design.  Measure it as you progress, and stop when this portion of the Picot Sandals is the right size for your foot. 

Optional:  Before you start the straps, you can place a button or focal bead below the last SK you tied. 

Step 7, continued:  Separate the cords into two groups, with four cords on the left and right. 

This means you will need to separate the two halves of cord 1.

The Straps

Now it's time to make the straps for your Picot Sandals.  This is a good time to try it on your foot, to be sure the middle section is long enough.  

You can go back to add or subtract knots in the Fish Bone if adjustments are necessary.

Turn the design so the four cords for the strap are vertical.  The Fish Bone will be diagonal (see below).


Step 8:  Mentally re-number the four cords for the RIGHT strap as shown. 

The working cords are 1 and 4.  The fillers are 2 - 3.

First SK
<< Tie a Square knot with the four cords.  It should rest close to the button and be horizontal.

Put a bead on cords 2 - 3. >> 

Step 9: You now have a decision to make with regards to the picots: 

To create a picot on the right side of the strap only, follow the steps below.

To make picots on both sides, simply tie the next SK and tighten it 1/4-inch below the bead.  Slide it up against the bead to form the picots.

To make no picots at all, tie the next SK below the bead.

<< For a right picot, tie the first half of the SK, pulling cord 4 to the right.  Cord 1 should be vertical.

Secure it with a pin, then tie the second half. 

tighten and adjust the knot until firm. >>


Step 10:  Repeat step 9 several times, until the length of the strap is half the size you need. 

You can continue making picots if you wish, but the Picot Sandals are more comfortable if the strap is straight in the back of the ankle (no picots).

No Picots

For the remainder of the right strap, place beads between the SK, tightening the cords around each one completely.

Stop when the strap is the size you need.


Step 11:  Begin the other strap by mentally numbering the cords on the left (left to right).

Tie the first SK, tightening it so it rests next to the button or bead, as in step 8.


Step 12:  Repeat steps 9 - 10, but make these important changes: 

When making each picot, pull cord 1 to the left.  Cord 4 remains straight as you tighten the SK.


Step 13:  Tie a tight Overhand knot with cords 2 and 3 (both straps).

Apply glue next to the last SK, so it's on the inside of the Overhand knot.

Loop and Button Clasp

Your Picot Sandals need some type of clasp in the back of the ankle.  You can change this area if you prefer a different type of closure than the one used in the example.

The following instructions are for a loop at the end of the right strap, with a button on the left strap.

Important:  BEFORE you create the clasp, try the Picot Sandal on your foot to make sure everything fits the way you want it to.   Once you start the clasp, it's too late to make changes.

Cut Off

Step 14:  Cut off the right cord used to tie the Overhand knot in step 13 (right strap).

The left cord will be used to make the loop. 


Step 15:  Fold the left cord back towards the strap, which will form the loop.

Tie a Square Knot with cords 1 and 4, with the folded cord as the fillers.  Make sure you pass around both parts.

Apply glue next to the previous SK, so it will be inside this new knot.


Adjust the size of the loop to fit the button by pulling on the end of the cord.

Don't make it too large, or the button will slip out of it when you are wearing the sandals.  It should be only large enough for the button to fit through.


Step 16:  Re-arrange the strap (or turn it over) so you are working in the back.

Bend the cord used to make the loop, so it's heading towards the loop.

Tie a very tight Overhand knot with cords 1 and 4.  Apply glue so it's under the knot when it's tightened.



Step 17:  When the glue is dry, cut off the excess from all three cords in the right strap.

Slide a button onto cords 2 and 3 on the left strap.


Bend cords 2 and 3 back towards the strap, passing them underneath it.

Adjust the button so there is a small space between it and the last SK tied.

In Space

Step 18:  Tie a Square Knot with cords 1 and 4, arranging it in the space you made in the previous step.

Make sure you go around both parts of the fillers (cords 2 and 3), since you folded them.

Apply glue onto cords 2 and 3 as you tighten, so it will be inside the knot.


Step 19:  Turn over the left strap so you work in the back.

Cut off cords 2 and 3.

Tie an Overhand knot with cords 1 and 4.  Apply glue, and when it's dry, cut off the excess material.


Step 20:  Make another Picot Sandal by repeating Preparation and steps 1 - 19.

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