The simplicity of a two ring closure mechanism is the prefect way to set off patterned knots tied in crisp white cotton.
Supplies and Equipment:
– #10 crochet cotton
– cork or other pinnable surface
– sharp scissors
– 2 rings – these are 20mm aluminum jump rings in a copper color (from JoAnn’s) but a wide variety of rings would work, as long as both are the same size
– straight pins
– needle with a large eye
– fray check or fabric glue
Cut 8 pieces of crochet thread, 2 yards each.
Use a lark’s head knot to attach each strand of crochet cotton to one of the rings.
Set the other ring on top. Tie a double half hitch knot over the second ring with the strand farthest to the left.
Tighten it down. If you’re having trouble with your strands slipping it might help to make them slightly damp.
Repeat that with every strand.
It will look like this when all 16 strands have been tied over the second ring.
Pin it down to the work surface.
Split the threads in half.
Work a row of double half hitch knots over the strands on the left.
Allow the thread you knotted over to join the strands on the right.
Work a row of double half hitches over the strands on the right.
Allow the strand you knotted over on the right to join the strands on the left.
Add another row of double half hitches to both sides.
The next section will be filled with alternating square knots, but first you need to accommodate the v-shape.
Work a flat square knot over the 4 strands farthest left and right. All square knots should be worked flat (not twisted.)
Set the farthest 2 strands on each side out of the way.
Work a square knot over the next 4 strands on each side.
Work 4 square knots across all of the strands.
Work 3 square knots across, following the alternating square knots technique.
Work a row of 4, a row of 3, a row of 4 and a row of 3 square knots to match this photo.
Continue to alternate, but only work the center 2 square knots.
Then just the center 1 square knot.
Work 2 rows of double half hitches on each side, as before.
Over the 4 strands farthest left work 6 square knots (be sure to use the flat version.)
Repeat that over each 4 strand group.
Work 2 rows of double half hitches on each side again.
Start again filling in the v-shape with alternating square knots.
Work this pattern 3 times – you’ll have 3 alternating square knots and 3 flat square knot sections when you’re done.
After the third pattern repeat start another alternating square knot section, but this time you’ll work it until it’s long enough to buckle the bracelet.
You’ll have to unpin the bracelet and test it periodically until you’re sure it’s long enough. Remember that it needs to buckle, not just meet. It took me 30 rows (15 rows of 4 square knots and 15 rows of 3 square knots) to be long enough.
Once it’s long enough, work 4 rows of double half hitch on each side.
Flip it over and thread the strand on the end through the needle. Work the tail through the backs of some half hitches. Make sure you move over a row so you don’t accidentally undo any knots. Pull it up carefully to not warp the rows of half hitches.
Repeat this for all of the tails.
Apply fray check or fabric glue over all of the places where the tails will be trimmed. I put a lot on the end of the bracelet so it wouldn’t unravel later.
Once the fray check dries trim all of the tails as neatly as possible.