Macrame - Half Knot Spiral

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Tie knots in a cord to make an elegantly spiraling bracelet with this technique.
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Step 1

Cut two pieces of cord. Cut one piece 12 times longer than the desired length of the finished piece and cut the other 3 times longer than the desired length of the finished piece.

Step 2

Choose a bead to use for the clasp. Test the hole of the bead to make sure that four strands of cord can fit through.

Step 3

Fold both cords from step 1 in half. Tie an overhand knot with both cords to create a loop large enough for the clasp bead chosen in step 2 to fit through.

Step 4

Clip the loop into a clipboard. The clipboard will help keep the tension even when you are making your piece.

Step 5

There will be four cords hanging from the loop. Arrange the two shorter cords in the center and the two longer cords on the outside. The shorter cords will be called anchor cords and the longer cords will be called tying cords.

Step 6

Pass the left tying cord over the anchor cords.

Step 7

Pass the right tying cord over the top of the left tying cord.

Step 8

Pass the right tying cord under the anchor cords and through the loop formed by the left tying cord.

Step 9

Pull on both tying cords to tighten the knot.

Step 10

You have completed your first half knot!

Step 11

Repeat steps 6-9 to create a row of knots. The knots will spiral naturally.

Step 12

Continue tying knots until you have reached a place where you would like to add a bead. If you don't want to add any beads, skip to step 16 at this time.

Step 13

String a bead onto the two anchor cords. Slide it up to your last knot.

Step 14

Tie a half knot below the bead. The two tying cords will hug the bead.

Step 15

Pull the knot tight so it touches the bead.

Step 16

Continue to create half knots (and optionally adding beads) until you have reached the desired length of the piece.

Step 17

Slide the clasp bead chosen in step 2 onto all four cords.

Step 18

Tie an overhand knot with all four cords flush against the clasp bead. Pull the knot tight.

Step 19

Cut the excess cord off.

Step 20

Add glue to the knot created in step 18 to prevent the knot from loosening or fraying. Let the glue dry.

Step 21

Congratulations! You have learned how to make a piece using a half knot spiral!

     

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