How to make a knotted (macrame) bracelet or anklet

Macrame JewelleryI absolutely love knotted anklets.  I bought one when we went on holiday to Lake George, New York, a few weeks ago and since then I’ve become slightly obsessed in making them for everyone I know.  They are surpringly easy to make and very, very inexpensive compared to some of the other jewellery I like to make.

To make one yourself, you will need:

  • Hemp cord (3 strands of approximately 24 inches each)
  • Beads (3, 4 or 5 beads, depending on size)
  • Clipboard
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Clear nail polish

To start

Start by knotting all 3 strands of hemp together and clipping the knot into the clipboard to keep it in place while you work.

Layout

To make an 11-inch anklet, I laid out the design like this:

  • Knot
  • 3.5 inches of braiding
  • 2 square knots
  • 1 bead
  • 2 square knots
  • 1 bead
  • 2 square knots
  • 1 bead
  • 2 square knots
  • 1 bead
  • 2 square knots
  • 3.5 inches of braiding
  • knots

Hopefully, you already know how to braid so I won’t need to show you how to do that.  But square knots are slightly trickier (only slightly), so I made a video tutorial:

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