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Turk's Head Knot Bracelets

Extract from Mini Macramé • By Vera Vandenbosch • Published by Taunton

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Easy macrame bracelets with a nautical look
Named so because the knots were thought to resemble turbans, the Turks Head Knot is the ultimate decorative – yet wholly practical – knot, which has limitless variations. Here's the classic triple-wide bracelet, which can be made in a wide variety of materials and colors to suit any number of looks. From my recent booklet "Mini Macrame".

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  • How to make a braided bracelet. Turk's Head Knot Bracelets - Step 1
    Step 1

    Select a cylindrical object that is the right size mold for the bracelet: a metal canister or wine bottle should do the trick. In order to figure out how much cord is needed, wrap the cord 15 times around the object, cut and wrap both ends with a piece of clear scotch tape to prevent fraying. To begin: temporarily tape one end of the cord on the left side of the object and loosely wrap over twice, as shown on the picture, and slip under right strand.

  • How to make a braided bracelet. Turk's Head Knot Bracelets - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold left strand over right strand, and slip working cord under what is now the left strand.

  • How to make a braided bracelet. Turk's Head Knot Bracelets - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now fold the right strand over the left strand and slip the working cord under what is now the left strand. Repeat this process until you've worked your way around the cylinder and are back at your starting point.

  • How to make a braided bracelet. Turk's Head Knot Bracelets - Step 4
    Step 4

    Take the working end and tuck it right next to your very first cord, and thread it into and out of the knot, always staying exactly next to the first pass you made. Once you've doubled your knot, keep going for a triple layer.

  • How to make a braided bracelet. Turk's Head Knot Bracelets - Step 5
    Step 5

    When your bracelet is completed, cut off the ends, wrap with clear scotch tape to prevent fraying and secure to the inside of the bracelet with a dab of hot glue. As you are doubling and then tripling the cord, you will notice that the bracelet gradually gets tighter and tighter: this is why it is important to start with a loose initial wrap. Variations are possible by experimenting with the number of times the cord gets doubled, and the thickness of the cord.

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