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This instructable will teach you the square-knot pattern used for most hemp necklaces.

*The beads used are from my "How to Make Polymer Beads" instructable. Check it out!

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Step 1: Materials.

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Hemp - the amount needed depends on whether you're making a bracelet or necklace. In either case, you will need at 12x the length of the measurements. For example, your neck=16" you will need 192" of hemp (16')


Safety Pin or Small Nail (optional)

Step 2: Measure Your Hemp.

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To measure about how much hemp you will need, wrap the end of a strand around your neck (or wrist, for bracelets).

Cut the strand where it meets on the other side of your neck. You may want to add a couple of extra inches for good measure. Then double it over so you have two strands that make a loop in the center. This is your base strand that you will be tying the hemp knots around.

Pull the newly cut strand taunt and measure out another length of hemp next to it but don't cut the new strand. Instead, you will double the strand over and over again until you have 8 or 9 doubled strands.

After you have "doubled" the strands 8 or 9 times, cut the hemp at the end so that when you pull the strand taunt you will have one long piece of hemp. This will be you knotting hemp.

Step 3: Knotting.

I usually secure the base loop to something sturdy, like a table or my pants leg, using a nail or safety pin. This allows me freer hand movements for looping and pulling. It will definitely helps make the process go faster! But it is optional, as seen here.

Fold the base strand in half. This will create a loop that will be part of the necklace's "clasp".

Now fold the long strand in half and wrap it's loop around the base strand's loop.

Cross the left-side piece of the long strand over the base strand, then under the right- side piece of long strand.

With the left-side strand still underneath the right-side strand, wrap the right-side strand behind the base strand.

Pull the right-side strand (now behind the base) up through the left-side's loop that is resting against the base.

Grip each strand, both of which should be on the opposite sides of the base from where they started, and pull the knot tight.

This is a square knot.

Remember to push the first knot up the center of the base strand until the base strand's loop is the size you want for fitting an ending knot through. The end knot (used as the clasp) will probably be around the size of the tip of your pinky finger, or smaller. You can tie a temporary knot using the end of the strands to gauge the size of loop needed. ***See intro pic***

Step 4: Repeat.

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Once you have pulled the knot tight, take the right-side strand and cross it back over the base strand.

Always start the steps over on the opposite side from which you started i.e. the strand that is already behind a loop is the strand with which you will start a new knot.

Wrap the left-side strand over the crossed right-side strand and then behind the base strand.

Pull the left-side strand (now wrapped behind the base strand) through the right-side's loop.

Then pull the strands taunt to create another square knot.

Repeat this process for the length of the base strand or until the necklace is the length you want it.

Always start the steps over on the opposite side from which you started i.e. the strand that is already behind a loop is the strand with which you will start a new knot.

Your necklace should start to look like the last pic here.

Step 5: Finishing.

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Once you've reached the length you wanted, tie all four strands into a simple knot. This knot will be pulled through the base loop to serve as the necklace's clasp system.

And then you're done. :)
So I'm making a 9" bracelet. I need one 18" piece folded in half and one piece about 96"?
So for a 9" bracelet, use 9 feet of hemp?
alhowell134 years ago
isnt this type of hemp that you can smoke? alway heard you could
No comment.

But really dude. REALLY?
phoebeh13 years ago
thanks..thanks to you, I found out why my cords do spins every time that I was doing a bracelet. I never got it straight rows until now. :-)
sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks for sharing your hard work! I want to make this sometime.
This is one that I made with some dark wood beads
Necklace Finished.jpg
thickneckarts (author)  LilBangarang4 years ago
Thanks! Also where did you find the clay cane for the bead instructable... couldn't find them at michaels
I love fiber projects. Your beads with the hemp twine is a great mix and something that would be fun to wear.
spidaminida4 years ago
Love your work, but I found the bit about the measurements confusing...one strand double the finished length and the other 8x ?
ShadowJesus6 years ago
Good one:p and have you thought about making a vid?
thickneckarts (author)  ShadowJesus6 years ago
Not really..but thinking about it now, that probably would've been a good idea for this one. Explaining the knot process is a bit more difficult than I thought! A video would be easier to follow.
if you make a video, post it.... and this is great! im prob going to make one for my tiki themed bday 2moro....
and since hemp is an incredibly strong material it should last for an incredibly long time. i have worn a hemp necklace my BFF gave me for many months and it shows no signs of wear. and it has been through thick and thin and still is really tough.
I like the beads is that Fimo?
lucazoid6 years ago
this instructable is awesome and clear
thickneckarts (author)  lucazoid6 years ago
Thanks :D
Forcystus6 years ago
I am confused, when you cut the "doubled" strands, do you cut it to the folded over length or to the full length (2x the folded length)?
thickneckarts (author)  Forcystus6 years ago
The "doubled" strands are actually 1 strand. It's the strand with which you measure you neck and/or how low you want the necklace to hang.

So like, if you want your necklace to be 16" in length, you would pull the strand out to 16" then double it over itself at least 8 times. Or measure it with a ruler...but then that requires having a ruler handy ;)

16" = 128" or a little of 10'
tigerlily36 years ago
I'm a bit confused...If you're going to fold the base strand in half (as in the next step), shouldn't you double it first after measuring before you cut it? Otherwise, I am super excited for this instructable! My friends and I were talking about making some of these, but I couldn't remember how to do it...this was a great refresher course. Great job!
thickneckarts (author)  tigerlily36 years ago
I gotcha :) I'll fix it. It is bit misleading.
Thats pretty sweet! How long did it take to make?
thickneckarts (author)  dindanpacman6 years ago
Not too long :)
Sandisk1duo6 years ago
Hey, you used the beads form your previous instructable!
thickneckarts (author)  Sandisk1duo6 years ago
Sho'nuff! Necklace is for sale in my Etsy store too :)
about etsy; can you only sell hand made crafts? or could i use it for something like ebay?
thickneckarts (author)  Sandisk1duo6 years ago
Etsy is for handmade, vintage and crafting/art supplies. Art Fire can be used like Ebay, as they give you the option to "accept offers". Might wanna try that.