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Watchband Design



Description:  This Watchband Design is a very basic Micro-Macrame pattern using only a few decorative knots.  So it's a good beginner's project, although it's time consuming.  

The band can be decorated with beads, charms, or novelty buttons if you want something a little more fancy.

You can also substitute the watch face for a metal ring or a focal bead shaped like a ring. 

Hemp material was used in the example shown. Do not use waxed material unless it's very flexible, since the knots need to be tight.  The wax makes the material too stiff for this design.


Supplies Needed:

  • 1mm cord material
  • Project Board and Pins
  • Buckle – 0.75-inch to 1-inch size
  • Watch Face (with a BAR for attachment)

Knots Used:

Important:  Are you “recycling” a watch face that had a band attached to it?
It needs to have bars along the edges where a purchased band would be attached. 

The watch face cannot be used if the bars are missing.


Preparation and Mounting

Cut 12 cords, each at least 60 inches long (for up to 7-inches in size). 
Apply a light coat of glue to the ends, to prevent unraveling.  Allow it to dry completely.

Step 1:  Mount 6 of the cords to the bar of the watch face, using Larks Head knots.  You’ll end up with 12 cords to work with, since you folded them in half. 

Do the same with the remaining 6 cords, mounting them to the opposite side of the watch face.

Secure them out of the way for now.  They won’t be used until step 8.



First Half of Watchband Design

Step 2:  Divide the 12 cords from one side of the watch face into three groups of four.

All the Square Knots will have 2 fillers and 2 working cords.

Important:  You need to know how to tie Square Knots in both directions, or the Watchband Design will be a challenge.

The reason for the direction change is so the edges will be symmetrical. 

Visit the Square Knot page to learn this important technique.

Square Knots

Tie a left Square Knot (LSK) with cords 1 - 4, and with cords 5 - 8. 

Tie a right Square Knot (RSK) with cords 9 - 12.


Step 3:  Alternate cords by using cords 3 - 6 (Left SK), and 7 - 10 (Right SK). 


Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3. Make sure the knots tied with 9 - 12 are always right SK (odd numbered rows), as you continue making the Watchband Design.

Stop when the watchband is HALF the size of your wrist minus 1/4-inch.

So if your wrist size is 7 inches, stop at 3.25 inches.


Add the Buckle


Step 5:  Trim the ends of the cords so they are even.  Separate the cords into two groups of 6. 

Apply tape to the ends of both groups, to keep the cords together in bundles.

Step 6:  Pass both groups over the central bar of the buckle, on either side of the tongue. 

The front edge of the buckle should be heading away from the rows of knots, as shown in the image below.


  Step 7:  Bring the bundled cords around the outside of the buckle, and pass the ends into the space between the two groups.

The space you are looking for is just above the last knots of the band, and below the buckle.

  Turn the Watchband Design upside down.

The ends should be dangling in the back of the watchband, near the center of the buckle.

Step 7:  The tying off process is easier if you have plenty of slack as you move the cords into position. 

Gradually remove the slack from each set of cords, tightening them around the bar on the buckle, as follows:


Using 2 cords at a time (one from each bundle), tie tight Overhand knots. Apply glue as you tighten each one. 

There should be a total of 6 knots.    Cut off any remaining material after the glue is dry.



Second Half of Watchband Design


Step 8:  Repeat steps 2 - 4, using the other set of cords mounted to the opposite side of the watch face. 

Stop when the second half of the watchband design is the same length as the first portion (including the buckle)

Important:   Make sure you stop on a row where there are 3 Square knots, as in step 2.

Step 9:  Tie the last 2 rows of Alternating Square Knots as follows:

  • Row 1: Tie the ASK with cords 3 - 6 and 7 - 10. 
  • Row 2: The final row of ASK is tied with cords 5 - 8.

This will cause the end to be pointed, so it fits through the buckle more easily. 

Step 10:  Mentally number the cords 1 - 12.  Move cord 2 towards the center of the band, along the diagonal edge of the Square Knots you just tied.

It will be a holding cord for the next knots, so secure it to your project board, or hold it so it's taut.

Attach cords 3 - 6 to holding cord 2, with counter-clockwise Double Half Hitches.

Step 11:  Repeat step 10, using cord 1 to hold the knots. It should rest next to the first row of DHH.

Tighten the knots firmly, so the two rows are close together.

Step 12:  Repeat steps 10 and 11 on the other side, using cord 11 as the first holding cord.  Cord 12 is for the second row. 

Attach cords 10 - 7 to each one, in that order (right to left). Rotate clockwise when tying these knots.

To complete the design, attach holding cord 2 to holding cords 11 and 12 , with a DHH. 

Attach holding cord 1 in the same manner.


Finishing Touches


Step 12:  Move all the ends to the back of the band.  Tie tight Overhand knots,  using two cords for each knot.

These knots should rest against the back of the Watchband Design. Apply glue to the knots as well as the back portion of the DHH you made in step 11.

Use tape or clips to hold the knots firmly.  When the glue is dry, cut off any remaining material.


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