How to Make a Sailor's Knot Bracelet

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There's no need to be out at sea to get away with wearing a sailor's knot bracelet! Learn how to DIY one here.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton twine
  • A round object like a Mason jar/can/bottle
  • Scissors
  • Fray Check or clear nail polish
Making your own sailor's knot bracelet is simpler than you may think.
Making your own sailor's knot bracelet is simpler than you may think. (Image: Marisa Lynch)

Project Steps

Step 1

In order to create your Sailor's Knot bracelet, you'll need: cotton twine (at least 3 yds), a round object to put the bracelet around – Mason jar, can, bottle, anything circular with a similar circumference to your wrist, scissors, and Fray Check or clear nail polish. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials.

Project materials.
Project materials. (Image: Marisa Lynch)

Step 2

Trim 3 yards of twine and wrap this around your rounded object forming an X. Keep a few inches (I kept 5”) at the end as this will be where you secure the ends of the bracelet together.

X marks the spot.
X marks the spot. (Image: Marisa Lynch)

Step 3

Using the longer, working end of the twine, wrap it around your circular object and weave it over the bottom right piece of twine, then under the top right piece of twine, and then over the top left piece of twine.

Weaving over, under, then over.
Weaving over, under, then over. (Image: Marisa Lynch)

Step 4

Pull the longer, working end of the twine back through the opening made in the center to the right.

Pull the twine through.
Pull the twine through. (Image: Marisa Lynch)

Step 5

Rotate the rounded object a smidge to see another X shape formed and push the longer, working end of the twine under the right upper portion of twine and pull the end through.

Rotate and string through on the right side.
Rotate and string through on the right side. (Image: Marisa Lynch)

Step 6

Continue repeating these steps until you make your way back around to where you started, having finished a braid with three strands.

One full rotation
One full rotation (Image: Marisa Lynch)

Step 7

Take the longer, working end and follow the original strand weaving in and out, all the way around to the start point. Follow this step two more times to make a braid with three strands.

Three strands completed
Three strands completed (Image: Marisa Lynch)

Step 8

To finish the bracelet, cut the longer, working end of the twine and then tie each end together twice on the inside of the bracelet. (A square knot works best – tie right over left then right over left)

Knot in the back
Knot in the back (Image: Marisa Lynch)

Step 9

Add Fray Check or clear nail polish to the ends of the twine to avoid fraying and then weave them back into the flow of the bracelet.

Coat edges with Fray Check
Coat edges with Fray Check (Image: Marisa Lynch)
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