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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Square Knot Bangles

I've made so many of these bangles in the past week. It's so fun to make them (especially because I can watch TV and make them at the same time)...

Stacked Square Knot Bangles


Simple to make, just a few supplies needed...

Supplies

  • The metal rings I bought a long time ago for this project at Michael's. Mine has a 3" diameter.
  • The string is from the dollar store, and for my 3" diameter ring, I used well over 8'. Yes, feet. Of course, it all depends on the size of the string, yarn, fabric, or whatever it is you use.  The thinner the string, the longer you'll need it to be.
  • I used E6000 glue to secure the ends, but hot glue or even white glue would probably be fine to use instead.
Got your stuff?  Time to make some square knots.  Placing the string at the middle point, place it on the inside of the ring.
I start by making a knot to the right:  take the string on the left side, and cross it over the ring, and under the string on the right side.  Take the right string, and pass it under the ring and up through the loop.  Pull tight for a right knot.

Make a knot to the right...


Now make a left knot:  take the left string and cross it under the ring, and up over the right string.  Take the right string, cross it over the ring and pull it through the loop on the left.  Pull tight for a left knot.

Make a knot to the left... Repeat the right and left sides all the way around the ring.  Once you reach the end (or I guess it's the beginning...?) tie the string in an overhand knot (think of the first step of tying your shoes), trim the string nice and close, and cover the knot with the glue of your choice.

Tie the string and add the glue.

That's it! Simple, right? Oh, and if you want to make one of the swirly ones (like the second and fourth bangles in my top picture), instead of alternating the knots from left to right, or right to left, just pick one side.  Left or right.  Having the knots line up all on the same side makes the swirly action you see there.  Easy!

You can try them with fabric, too:  I cut four 33" x 1/2" strips of white cotton fabric, stitched the ends together to make one long strip, and then used the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine around the edges to keep it from fraying too much.  Then I used the fabric just like string.  I love the contrasting thread color, and the way the zigzags look like they're going in every direction.  Fun!

Here's what the fabric looked like before I put it on the bangle:

White fabric strip

Finished Bangles

Finished Bracelets

Once you start making them, it's hard to stop! Help!

Ha! Just kidding. :)
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