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Square Knot Bracelet


Square Knot Bracelet

Description:  This Square Knot Bracelet features the most common decorative knot used in Macrame.  You will learn to tie Square Knots in both directions.

This Macrame project is a great way to introduce older children and teens to this craft, and it makes a nice youth group project.   This pattern is also suitable for adult beginners.

There are small beads between short sections of Square Knots, and a larger bead for the sliding clasp.   The best material for this project is nylon Parachute Cord, but any material can be used.


Important: When using Parachute Cord, an adult should supervise because the material needs to be melted with a flame.


 
 Supplies Needed:
  • Size 325 Parachute cord or similar material (2mm)
  • 3 or more Beads with 3mm holes
  • 1 Bead with 5mm hole (for clasp)
  • Project boards and pins
  • Flexible Measuring Tape
  • Tweezers or small pliers
  • Masking Tape (optional)
  • Glue that dries clear
  • BBQ Lighter (for Parachute Cord)

 

Knots Used in Pattern:




Preparation and Mounting



Measure your wrist to determine the size you want to make.  This will be called the FINISHED LENGTH in the following instructions.


Multiply the finished length by 5, and add 5 inches. Cut 2 working cords to that length.


Cut one filler cord, 18 inches long.   For Square Knot bracelets over 7 inches long, cut this cord longer.  

Design Tip: You can use a different material for the filler (1mm - 1.5mm), if your beads have tiny holes.


Prepare the ends of the cords to prevent unraveling as you work.  You can apply a small piece of masking tape to each end of the filler cord to make beading easier (optional).

When using Parachute cord, prepare by melting the tips with the BBQ lighter.  This will seal the outer covering around the inner core of the material.



Center

Secure the center of all 3 cords on your project board vertically (up and down).

The shorter filler cord should rest between the two working cords.




Section 1: Left SK



Left SK

The first section of the Square Knot bracelet is made by tying Square Knots with the "head" facing left.

The head is the vertical area shown on this image.



Left SK - 1

Step 1:  Curve the left working cord to the right, passing over the filler and under the right working cord.





Left SK - 2

Step 2:  Move the right working cord to the left, passing under the filler and over the left working cord (near the curved area).

Pull both ends to tighten the first half of the SK. It should rest against the pins at the center. 



Left SK - 3

Step 3:  The working cords have now switched positions, so the direction you move the cords is the opposite of the first half:


Curve the left working cord to the LEFT, passing over the filler and under the right working cord.



Left SK - 4

Step 4:  Move the right working cord to the RIGHT, passing under the filler and over the left working cord (near the curved area on the right).

Pull both ends to tighten the second half of the SK.



Design Tip:  The placement of the beads for your Square Knot Bracelet is entirely up to you, but if you want to arrange them evenly, follow the spacing directions suggested below.



Sennit

Step 5:  Repeat steps 1 - 4 several times, pushing the knots close together after each one is tied.

Divide your finished length by 4.  Measure as you progress, and stop when you reach that size.




Section 2:  Left SK



Bead

Step 6: Slide a bead onto the filler cord.

Repeat step 5.

Important: 
Include the bead when you measure.




Measure

Step 7: Measure the first half of the Square Knot bracelet, from the first SK to the last. 

It should be 1/2 the finished length. (see tip below)



Design Tip:  It's easy to get frustrated over the measurements, tying and untying the Square Knot Bracelet to make it perfect.  

Sometimes all you need to do is push the knots closer together or separate them slightly. They can slide up and down the filler cord easily.  So try that first before removing knots.




Section 3: Right SK



Turn

Step 8:  Turn the entire bracelet around on your board, arranged so the knotted portion is heading toward the back of it, with the other half of the cords heading forward.

Slide a bead onto the filler cord, so it rests at the center of the Square Knot bracelet.



Right SK

You now need to right RIGHT SK, since you turned the bracelet around.

Here are the instructions:



Right SK - 1

Step 9: Curve the right working cord to the left, passing over the filler and under the left working cord



Right SK - 2

Step 10: Move the left working cord to the right, passing under the filler and over the right working cord where it curves.

Pull both ends to tighten the first half of the knot.



Right SK - 3

Step 11: The two working cords have switched positions.

Curve the right working cord to the RIGHT, over the filler and under the left working cord.



Right SK - 4

Step 12: Move the left working cord to the LEFT, passing under the filler and over the right working cord where it curves.

Pull the ends to tighten the knot.



Step 13:  Repeat step 5, tying the same number of Square knots as you did for Section 1.  Make sure you tie RIGHT SK.

Repeat step 6 and 7, tying the same number of knots as in Section 2.

Measure the entire Square Knot Bracelet, to make sure it's the size you want.  Try it on your wrist to see if it fits properly. 

Keep in mind there will be a bead between the first and last knots (clasp).




Finishing and Bead Clasp



Ends

Step 14:   Turn over the bracelet so you work in the back.  Mentally number the three knots at the end of the bracelet.

Use your tweezers or pliers to move the ends of the working cords under one or both loops of Square knots #2 and #3. 



Step 14, continued:  Apply glue under the cords near Square Knot #3, so the ends stick to the knots. The area should be as flat as possible.

When the glue is dry, cut off the excess material.

For Parachute cord, use the BBQ lighter to melt the stubs, pressing them against the knots. 



Step 15:  Repeat step 14 at the other end of the Square Knot Bracelet.



Clasp

Step 16:  To make the Bead Clasp, pass the two ends of the filler cord through the large bead in opposite directions.

Pull both ends to close the bracelet.



Design Tip:  You can use a knotted sliding clasp, which is made with a separate cord.  You cross the ends of the filler cord and tie one or more knots around the two halves. 

The Wrapped knot clasp is the best one to use, but you can also tie Square Knots to make the clasp.   Please see Sliding Clasps for more details.



Barrel - 1

Step 17:  Measure one end of the filler cord, down two inches (or more) from the bracelet.

Make a clockwise loop at that position.





Barrel - 2

Pass the end through the loop, under - over.



Barrel - 3

Pass the end though the loop again, under - over.

Apply glue and tighten the Barrel Knot by pulling on the first loop.   

Then pull the end to tighten the rest of the knot.



Step 18:  Repeat step 17, tying a Barrel knot at the other end of the filler cord.

Put on the Square Knot bracelet to see how it fits.  You can still untie the Barrel knots if needed, so make adjustments now.


Cut off the excess material close to surface of the Barrel Knot.  Heat and melt the stubs if you are using Parachute cord. 






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