HOW TO MAKE A BASIC SLIDING KNOT BRACELET

TUTORIAL


This Basic Sliding Knot Bracelet only takes some cotton twine and a shell (or  any other focal piece ) that is open on two ends. This is a shell that has been turned into a bead by having the back cut off.

You could use a washer, ring, or any connector that you can tie your cords to on each end for a more industrial or artistic look, depending in what you like.  

Just changing your focal piece will create and entirely different bracelet.

Basic Sliding Knot Bracelet

MATERIALS NEEDED:

92cm of Twine, mine is cotton, but you could use leather or hemp or whatever you like the looks of.

All you are going to do to make this bracelet is to tie two pairs of knots.  The lark’s head knots that connect your cords to your focal piece are really easy.  The sliding knot is also easy, once you get the hang of how it works.

It can look confusing when I’m just showing you the photos – especially because for this bracelet, you’re working with a doubled cord.  It’s easier if you practice a couple times on just one cord first so before you begin, take two scrap pieces of cord, and get comfortable with the sliding knot.

I’m using two different colors to differentiate my two cords below.  The pink one is the one I’m going to knot, to slide along the brown cord.

Lay your cords next to each other, and double the pink cord back over itself.


I find I have enough to work with when I leave about 7-8cm to make into my knot.

Take the small end, and wrap it around both cords
  
Take the small end, and wrap it around both cords, working away from the loop you made.  Leave your wraps loose enough that you’ll be able to pass the tail end back through in just a minute.  Wrap it at least 2 times (though you may like the looks of 3 or even 4 wraps).

feed the tail back the other way through your wraps
  
Now, feed the tail back the other way through your wraps, back toward the loop.  Pass it through the loop when you get to the end.

tighten your cord

Now, just tighten it.  Not so tight that you can’t slide it along the brown cord, just tight enough that it won’t come undone.

Try this a few times if you need to
  
Try this a few times if you need to.  

Once you’re comfortable with how to make the knot, let’s move on to making the bracelet.

You will need to have a focal piece which you can pass your cord through from front to back.

Trim your cord into two 46cm lengths
  
Trim your cord into two 46cm lengths.  Double it in half.

Take the loop-end and pass it through one end of your piece from front to back

Take the loop-end and pass it through one end of your piece from front to back.

Now, take the tail ends and pass then through the loop

Now, take the tail ends and pass then through the loop.

This is a lark’s head kno

Now pull it tight.  This is a lark’s head knot.  Do the same thing on the other side,

You will have a double cord on each side.

ake a 7-8cm end, and double it over onto the cords attached to the opposite side of your bracelet

Now, for our sliding knots.  These will all be the same color, but it’s just the same.  Just try and keep an even tension on your cords while you work.

Choose whichever side you want to work on first.

Take a 7-8cm end, and double it over onto the cords attached to the opposite side of your bracelet.

Wrap it around at least 2 times

Wrap it around at least 2 times.  With 2 cords, it will look like at least 4 wraps.

pass the two ends through the wraps and back toward your loop

Now, pass the two ends through the wraps and back toward your loop, passing them through the loop once you reach the end.

When you’re done, just trim up the ends

Now, just tighten it up!  Then, do the same thing with the other cord.

You may want to make your bracelet smaller while you do this, to give yourself more room to work.

When you’re done, just trim up the ends.  Don’t cut them too close, you don’t want them to unravel.


Now, you have a Sliding Knot Bracelet!  There are manys of other ways to make adjustable knots, this is just one of them, and the easiest sliding knot.

If the sliding knots give you trouble you could tie this on like a friendship bracelet, or trim down your twine and attach crimp end caps and a clasp, instead.  

The Basic Sliding Knot is simple and versatile with just a little bit of practice, but if it gives you trouble, remember that you can make any changes to your own piece to make the project right for you.

AmazingCounters.com