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Topic: Macrame knotted cuff bracelets NEW TUTE!!  (Read 10347 times)
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« on: November 02, 2005 07:11:48 PM »

Here are two knotted bracelets I made using crochet thread and a few clear glass seed beads.

Tutorial (for beige one - green uses twice as many strands):
 I won't attempt to draw instructions for tying square knots. You'll need to know how to tie square knots using 2 strands and then how to tie square knots using more strands, with the extras hiding out in the middle. I think this site demonstrates well:
to tie with 2 strands simly leave out the middle 2 they show. The "alternating square knot" is the basis for this bracelet and is used to form the "rows" I speak of.

1) start with 20 strands, work square knots using 2 strands for 3 rows
2) add bead to each strand
3) work sqare knots using 4 strands each for 3 rows. Then leave off 2 strands on each end for each row to form point
4) work row of 2-strand sqare knots to finish edge of point, starting from outside and working in
5) Add beads to each strand (you will be able to fit more per strand farther from the middle). Leave enough string free before knotting to make nice round shape.
6) starting in middle, work knots with 2 strands each. First row just one knot, then add a strand to each side each row to make opposite point. You will be shaping point by where you place this first layer of knots. Continue for 3 rows
7) Weave strands, one over the other, from the middle out. When the middle 2 strands meet the outer 2 tie square knot on each side. The strand that was the middle is now considered the outside. Weave the next middle strand to meet the outside strand and tie another knot. Continue to form the diamond, adding beads as desired. Work 2 more rows of knots.
8) Add beads to each strand again, this time leave more space at the base of the point - you can add 2 or 3 beads in the middle this time. Leave enough string free to make the nice round shape in the middle of the bracelet.
9) Starting with the middle 2, work knots to form point in opposite direction, as you did in step 6.
10) Continue working elements in opposite direction to form 2nd half of bracelet.
11) TADA!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2005 07:14:25 PM »

They're both gorgeous! I love the combination of beads and knotting
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2005 07:16:17 PM »

wow! those are super sweet! nicely done!

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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2005 07:59:56 PM »

those are really beautiful! did they take long to make?

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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2005 08:47:10 PM »

absolutely gorgeous!

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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2005 09:25:15 AM »

wow....so lovely!

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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2005 09:25:07 AM »

gorgeous.. who would have thought macrame could be so beautiful.. I'm impressed.

« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2005 02:33:05 AM »


just WOW !

love to swap one of those with you ........
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2005 04:22:24 PM »

how..............how.........how.... Huh..how do you do that??

this has to be the most amazing thing i have seen on craftster in  LOONNNNNNNG time!!

if someone who has no idea how to do that....wants to try it...how do we learn? books? website?


« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2005 08:50:59 PM »


thanks everyone for your great comments. I actually got the idea for those from a piece I saw in Anthropologie - unfortunately I no longer have the pic of the original  Sad

I made the green one first and that took a week or so of trial and error to see what looked most like the original. Once I got my technique down the other one only took 2 days or so.

I originally learned this technique when making friendship bracelets as a kid. I combined that experience with some basic macrame techniques you can find on the web to try to recreate the look of the original. I threaded the beads on using a fine piece of metal I grabbed from a frayed speaker wire. I folded it over and used it as a needle since I couldn't find a real one that could make it through the seed bead's hole with the thickness of the crochet thread.

If people were interested I could throw together a how-to
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