I like macrame bracelets and I like the structure of braided bracelets. When I was thinking about that, I suddenly realized what I wanted to make: braided macrame bracelets. But, that sounded like something a lot of people would already have done, so when I got home I checked google images. To my surprise, there were just a few the way I wanted to make them! So, I decided I would just make them and turn it into an instructable.
Normally I make two pieces of the jewelry I want to show, one to test and reveal errors and the second to document. The first one actually went without any errors, against my expectations, and I completely fell in love with it. I made one more, this time documenting, but looking back at the pictures I decided the documenting could be clearer, so I made the third one. All three of them turned out amazing in my eyes, I hope you like them too!
Step 1: Materials
To make one of these bracelets, you will need the following:
- three colours of yarn
- a closure
- two key chains (I'm using the two rings in the middle of the key chain, you could also replace this with two rings)
Step 2: Cutting the Yarn
Take one of the colours. Cut off a piece that, when folded in half, fits around your wrist more than once, about 1-1.5 times will do just fine. The other piece is a longer piece, also folded in half, it has a total length of 2.4 meter, folded in half 1.2 meter.
Step 3: Starting the Macrame
Start by taking the long thread, folded in half. Put it down and move the two sides slightly from each other. Place the short thread, also folded in half, on top of it.
While doing the following steps, try to keep the middle of the long thread on the same place. Put the right part of the long thread over the two middle threads. Next, let the left part go over the right part of the thread, under the middle two threads and back up through the marked loop on the right side. Pull both right and left sides tight to end this knot.
Step 4: More Macrame
On the left side of your just made knot, you will see a vertical part of the knot. I've also marked it in the pictures.
On the side of this part, put the long thread over the middle, then continue the same way as last time but mirrored: instead of starting by putting the right thread over the middle strands you already put the left thread over. Next put the right part of the long thread over the left thread, under the two middle threads and back up through that loop, that is now positioned at the left instead of the right.
For the next knot, you can do exactly the same. Start by looking at which side the vertical part is and repeat last part, this time it will be mirrored again.
To keep everything clear, here are the steps you should follow every time:
1. Look at which side the vertical part is.
2. Starting from the side found in step one, put the thread on that side over the middle thread
3. Put the other thread over the thread used in step one,
4. Under the middle threads
and 5. up through the loop on the side of the vertical part
To end the knot, pull both threads tight.
Step 5: Until It Is Finished
Keep in mind:
Because you will braid this part later, it needs to be longer than a usual bracelet. I needed 16.5 cm instead of 14.5 as usual.
Best is to macrame a few centimeters extra and make sure you don't cut off the excess yarn, then you can always macrame a bit more if it turns out to be too short.
Step 6: Repeat for the Other Colours
Step 7: Joining the Three I
Step 8: Joining the Three II
Step 9: Close the Cord Crimp
Using a pair of flat nose pliers, close the cord crimp. Make sure the three parts are straight and the way you want them to be when you close it, since it won't be easy/possible to open it again.
Step 10: Braiding
Step 11: Closing the Bracelet
Step 12: Cut Off the Ends
Step 13: Rings and a Closure
Step 14: Finished
I hope you liked this project, if you have made one I would love to see a picture :)