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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.
 
So I'm making a 9" bracelet. I need one 18" piece folded in half and one piece about 96"?
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.