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Scout Bracelet

 
Scout Bracelet

 

Description:  The Scout Bracelet is named for the fact that it's often used as a project in Girl Scouts. It's a very easy Macrame bracelet, suitable for children and beginners.

It features a decorative knot called Endless Falls, which produces V-shaped designs on the front.  The clasp is made with a loop and an Overhand knot.  This knot is optional, if you prefer a button knot instead. You could also add a regular button or bead, depending on the thickness of the material.

In the example shown, nylon Paracord was used, but you can make it with just about any material.  I recommend you use 2mm to 3mm material, since anything wider will be too bulky for children to wear.

Kim Roslewicz inspired me to create this unique Macrame pattern.

 
 
 

Supplies Needed:

  • 2mm to 3mm material (2 colors)
  • Project Board and Pins
  • Fabric or household glue
 
 
 

Preparation:  Measure the wrist of the person who will wear the Scout Bracelet. The working cord should be 10 x the length of the wrist.  It's the primary color you will see in both the front and back of the bracelet. 

The holding cord should be at least 18 inches long.  This cord will look like stitches along the sides of the bracelet.

In the example shown, the working cord is yellow and the holding cord is blue.


Prepare the ends of both cords with tape. When using Paracord, an Adult should heat the ends with a flame to melt the nylon, which prevents the inner core from being pulled out accidentally. 

See Cord Preparation for specific details regarding this material (described at the bottom of the page).

 

 
Arrangement
 

Step 1: Fold the working cord in half and secure it to your board.

Place the holding cord under it, and secure it too.

Make sure the centers of both cords line up.

 

 
Cross
 

Step 2: Cross the two halves of the holding cord right over left, arranged on top of the working cord.

 

 
Loops
 

Step 3:  Move both halves of the working cord backward, passing over the crossed area of the holding cord.

Pull them toward you, passing under the crossed area.

This creates a pair of loops that wrap around the holding cord.

 

 
Tighten
 

Step 4:  Tighten the holding cord first, by pulling on both halves at the same time. 

Then do the same with the working cord, adjusting the loop to 3/4-inch.

 

 
Repeat
  Step 5:  Separate the two halves of the working cord so there is space between them.

Repeat step 2.
 
 
 
Repeat

Step 6:  Repeat steps 3 and 4.


Complete the Scout Bracelet by repeating steps 5 - 6 several times, until it measures your wrist length. 

Remember you still have one knot to tie.



 

Overhand Knot Clasp


The Scout Bracelet can be finished in several ways.  The easiest is to tie an Overhand Knot, which is shown below. 

When you tighten the last set of loops in step 5, apply glue under them, which helps prevent them from loosening (see next image).


 
 
Loop
  Step 7:  Make a counter-clockwise loop with the ends of the cords.

They should be neatly arranged and rest side-by-side.
 

 
Overhand Knot
  Step 8: Bring the ends through the loop from below, to complete the Overhand knot.   Tighten the knot firmly, applying glue as you do so.

When it's dry, cut off the excess material close to the outer surface of the knot.

Make sure an Adult applies a flame to the tips to melt the stubs against the knot.
 

 
Front
 

Turn the Scout Bracelet over so you can see the V-shaped designs on the front.

 
 



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