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Design Instructions

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Supplies needed

  • 1    Open Lotus Link    (94-3210-26)
  • 2    Disk 3mm Spacer    (93-0439-25) 
  • .5mm C-Lon Cord
  • Super glue

Tools

  • scissors
  • optional: bracelet bending pliers

Skill Level: Beginning-Intermediate

Finished Size: Approx. 6-9”

Designer: Tracy Proctor

Download the Macramé Lotus Bracelet PDF

Tip: Twisted Knot (or Half-Square Knot) macramé creates a spiral. Always start the knotting on the same side* rather than alternating as you would with flat square knots, allowing the knots to spiral as you work.

Steps

  1. Cut two 2' lengths of cord.
  2. Thread both cords through one of the large petals at one side of the lotus link, stopping halfway.
  3. Fold the cords in half around the link and tie an overhand knot. Pull tight against the link.
  4. Arrange the 4 cords so 2 are aligned at the center, and 1 is extended out on each side.
  5. Loop the end of the left cord loosely across the center cords, forming a loose C shape.
  6. Place the right cord over the bottom strand of the C, then wrap it underneath the strand, behind the 2 center cords, and up through the loop formed with the left cord. Pull both cords gently to tighten, bringing your knot all the way up to the original knot.
  7. Repeat Step 5-6 for 2". (See Tip*)
  8. Use the 2 outer cords to tie a strong square knot around the center 2 cords. Use a small amount of glue to secure the knot and let dry. Trim the 2 outer cords close to the knot, keeping the 2 center cords intact.
  9. Repeat Steps 1–8 on the other side of the lotus link.
  10. Arrange the bracelet so the 2 center cords on the right and the 2 on the left cross over one another, forming a circle.
  11. Cut 1' of cord. Thread it under the crossed cords from Step 10. Center the cord and tie an overhand knot.
  12. Begin working spiral macramé as before for 3/4". (You’ll be tying knots around 4 cords instead of 2 this time.)
  13. Repeat Step 8 being careful to apply glue ONLY to the knot in the outer cords and not the 4 center cords.
  14. Adjust bracelet to fit over widest part of hand, centering the 3/4" knotted section at the back.
  15. Pair the cords at one side of the bracelet and tie them in an overhand knot just outside the knotted section. String 1 disk spacer onto both strands and move it up to the knot, then tie a second overhand knot. Apply a small amount of glue to the second knot and trim excess cord. Repeat for the other side of the bracelet.
  16. Pull the ends of the bracelet away from each other to tighten. Pull the knotted sides of the bracelet away from each other to loosen.
  17. Optional: Use bracelet bending pliers to give a gentle curve to the lotus link. No bracelet bending pliers? Place the link against a small jar or other firm curved surface and press firmly.