Types of Knots for Bracelets

Whether you're using hemp, macrame cording, crochet thread or just plain embroidery floss as your stringing material, you can create a bracelet using several types of knots. Start with a basic square knot; then explore other more decorative knots. You can even combine several of the knots to make a design of your own.

Things You'll Need

  • Knotting cord (embroidery floss, hemp, macrame cord or any other stringing material you like)
  • Scissors
  • Tape or safety pin (optional)

Square Knot

The square knot is one of the most basic knots for making bracelets. Once you learn this basic knot, you will be able to learn many variations of it to create chevrons and diagonals.

  1. Cut a 70-inch strand of cord or floss. Cut another strand to measure 24 inches. Fold each strand in half; then tie the four lengths of knotting cord together with a knot, forming a loop. Arrange the cord so that the two shorter strands are in the center, with one long strand on each side.
  2. If you'd like, tape the cords to a table or use a safety pin to pin the cords to your pants right at the knotted loop. This will stabilize the cord as you knot.
  3. Cross the left strand over the two center strands, then under the right strand.
  4. Pass the right strand under the two center strands, then up through the hole and over the left cord. This creates the first half of the square knot.
  5. Cross the left strand under the two center strands, then over the right cord.
  6. Cross the right strand over the center, then down through the hole and under the left cord. Pull taut and secure the knot.
  7. Repeat steps 1 to 5 to continue making square knots around the bracelet.


  • As your bracelet lengthens, move the tape or safety pin down the bracelet so that the cords do not twist as you knot.

Half-Knot Spiral

This knot has a few different names, including a spiral knot or just a half knot. The knot is half of a square knot and creates a spiral around the center strands.

To make it, repeat steps 1 to 3 of the square knot; then repeat steps 2 to 3 to create a spiral that twists around the entire bracelet.


  • For a thicker spiral, increase the number of cords. You can add more colors or just add multiple strands of the same color.

Cross Knot

The cross knot is a decorative knot. Tie this knot in intervals between a more basic square knot or knot an entire bracelet using it.

  1. Tie two strands of knotting cord together.
  2. Cross the right strand under the left strand; then bring it back to the right by crossing it over the left strand. You will notice that the right strand has formed a small loop just to the side of the left strand.
  3. Rotate the left strand clockwise toward the top of the bracelet; then bring it back down by passing it under both strands of the loop created by the right strand.
  4. Move the right strand to the left, passing it under, under, then over the three different parts of the left strand.
  5. Pull on the ends of each strand to tighten the knot.


  • Add beads between the knots for extra embellishment, as in this DIY macrame bracelet. You can also add charms after you've finished knotting.

Sliding Knot

  1. A sliding knot eliminates the need for clasps and allows bracelets to be adjustable.
  2. Place two strands of knotting cord together, ensuring that one strand is 10 inches longer than the other.
  3. Fold the longer strand back, doubling the end. Loop that end around both cords and tie a simple overhand knot.
  4. Loop the long strand around both cords two more times. Bring the end strand through the first loop you created.
  5. Pull the two strands taut to secure the knot.

The knot should slide along the first strand, creating an adjustable length for the bracelet.


About the Author

Ashley Little is a craft writer and editor who lives in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Little is the author of Chunky Knits and a writer for Craftsy.com. She has her hands in all kinds of crafts, from sewing to knitting, crochet and any other DIY project she can find.