How to make adjustable macrame bracelets

Written by angela neal | 13/05/2017
How to make adjustable macrame bracelets
Make an adjustable bracelet with macrame string. (string image by Alison Bowden from

Macrame bracelets are made using a series of knots that create a specific pattern. Learning to make macrame jewelery is rewarding because the supplies you need are minimal, and you can give these simple pieces of jewellery to people as gifts. Many types of string are used to make macrame, including twine and yarn. You can close a macrame bracelet with a simple hook clasp, or you can make the bracelet adjustable by using a simple technique.

Measure around your wrist and add 2 or more inches for the knots. Multiply that length by 10 to get the total length of string. Cut four pieces of string at this length. For this pattern you will need two core pieces and the two strings on either side that will knot around them, so choose your colours accordingly if you want your bracelet to be multicoloured. Clip one end of all four strands side by side in the clipboard.

Use the basic half-knot to make your macrame bracelet. Place the right-most string over the two pieces in the centre and under the leftmost piece. Run the leftmost piece under the two core strings in the centre and through the loop created by the right-most piece of string. Pull the ends of the two outer strings so that they slide up to the top of the core strings. Repeat this knot until your bracelet is the length you need.

Remove your bracelet from the clipboard. Slip a 1cm-wide bead over all four pieces at the end that was clipped in the clipboard and make a simple double knot at the end so it won't slip off. Trim the excess string off of this end.

Make one simple knot at the other end of the bracelet with all four pieces. Move down the strings for a length that is just 2mm shorter than the width of the bead you tied to the opposite end. Make another simple knot. Add a couple more knots in this fashion and trim the excess string with your scissors. When you put on the bracelet, you can now slip the bead through any of the loops to make it as tight or as loose as you want.

Things you need

  • String
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Clipboard
  • Large bead

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