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How to make a Square Sliding Knot

Learn how to make a square sliding knot, one of the most versatile and decorative sliding knots, it’s a macrame classic!

How to tie a Square Sliding Knot by Make and Fable

This is the third and final excerpt from my Modern Macrame Jewellery and Accessories book! The square sliding knot will always have a special place in my heart because it was the first craft tutorial I wrote for my blog. (Take a look here – as you can tell my style back then was very different! But it is still one of my most popular posts (thanks Pinterest!)

This square sliding knot tutorial uses a separate piece of cord, square knotted around both ends of the main cord, which then functions as a tube through which the main cords can slide through.

You will need:

– Any type and thickness of cord can be used to create a square sliding knot; from thin s-lon to chunky cord. I’m using 325 paracord.

-The main cord only needs to be long enough to fit over the largest part of your hand. The pieces of cord needed to make the sliding knot will depend on the thickness used and how long a knot you wish to create, but I recommend at least 50cm.

How to make a Square Sliding Knot

1.Overlap the ends of your main bracelet and attach a new, 50cm piece of cord around the overlap with an overhand knot.

How to tie a Square Sliding Knot by Make and Fable

2.Then begin a square knot by bringing the left cord over.

How to tie a Square Sliding Knot by Make and Fable

3.The right cord then comes down over the tail of the left.

How to tie a Square Sliding Knot by Make and Fable

4.Take the right cord under the left cord and both of the main bracelet cords.

How to tie a Square Sliding Knot by Make and Fable

5.Bring the cord up through the loop.

How to tie a Square Sliding Knot by Make and Fable

6.Pull both cords tight to complete the first part of the square knot.

How to tie a Square Sliding Knot by Make and Fable

7. To complete the knot, bring the right cord over and the left comes down over its tail.

How to tie a Square Sliding Knot by Make and Fable

8.Take the left cord under both the main bracelet cords and up through the loop.

How to tie a Square Sliding Knot by Make and Fable

9.Pull both cords to tighten. You now have one complete square knot.

How to tie a Square Sliding Knot by Make and Fable

10.Make as many square knots as you want; even one will work. Here I have done three.

How to tie a Square Sliding Knot by Make and Fable

11.Trim the cord and melt/glue the ends, being careful not to catch to the bracelet cords.

How to tie a Square Sliding Knot by Make and Fable

12.Make sure to tie off the ends of the main bracelet cords, so they can’t be pulled through the square knot.

How to tie a Square Sliding Knot by Make and Fable

This is an excerpt from my brand new digital book, Modern Macrame Jewellery and Accessories which goes on sale on March 2nd! Sign up to my email list before then to receive a special discount code.

Please share this Square Sliding Knot tutorial if you enjoyed it, and if you have any questions, leave a comment below or come and find me on Instagram !  Happy Making!

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