Introduction: How to Make a Hemp Necklace

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

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Step 1: Materials.

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.

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.

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.

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. :)