Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Knotorial 05 - The Cushion Crown (Bracelet)

This bracelet is called the 'Cushion Crown'. Especially with a color setup like this, the pattern somehow reminds me of a crown laying on a cushion.

It's a flat and wide design, could also be a nice belt or guitar strap, but needs much cord from one color.
Used (boiled) paracord for:
~21cm (~8.3 in.) bracelet

~255cm (~8.4 ft.) bright purple
~145cm (~4.8 ft.) charcoal grey
~115cm (~3.8 ft.) goldenrod

To prevent the bracelet from shrinking, I recommend to put the cords in boiling hot water for a few minutes.
Step 01:

As shown in Knotorial 01, start with a buckle connected to three colors.

Make sure you use the correct cord length and arrange it as shown in the picture.
Step 02:

Form a cross with the inner cords.
Step 03:

Pull the outer left cord under the other cords from the left side.
Step 04:

Now pull the end of the outer left cord back between the other cords, first over then under...
...to form a 'S' with the outer cord.

The lower loop holds the inner cord, the other strand lays over the 'S'.
 Step 05:

Repeat Step 02 - Step 04 to form a 'S' on the other side as shown in the picture.
 Step 06:

Use the longest strands to form loops and pull them through the upper loop of the 'S' on both sides.
 Step 07:

Pull the loops formed in Step 06 through the lower loop of the 'S' next to the shortest strands.
 Step 08:

Pull the ends of the longest strands through it's own loops as shown in the picture...
 ...and pull them all the way through.
 Step 09:

Pull the ends from the inner cord through the upper loop from the 'S', going behind all other cords.
 Step 10:

Pull the ends from the inner cord through the lower loop from the 'S' going over the other cords as shown in the picture...
 ...and pull them all the way through.
 Step 11:

Tighten the loops and knots firmly to get a result like this. 

In the beginning I found it a bit difficult to tie it firm, but got used to it. 

Well done, the first crown lays on the cushion !
Repeat Step 02 - Step 11 to continue the pattern by forming an 'S' on both sides.
Form loops from the longest cord and pull them through the 'S'.
Pull the ends from the shortest cord through the 'S'.
Tighten the loops and knots firmly.
 Repeat Step 02 - Step 11 until you reached the desired bracelet length. 

Don't forget to calculate the buckle and the finish for the length.
Step 12:

To finish the bracelet, form a cross with the inner cords.
Step 13:

Use the outer cords to form loops as shown in the picture, first under then over the other cords.
Don't firm these loops, because you need them for the finish.
Step 14:

Pull the inner cords through the frontside of the buckle.
Step 15:

Turn the bracelet to the backside and pull the cords from the buckle through the loops formed in Step 13.
 Step 16:

Tighten the loops and knots firmly to attach the other part of the buckle.

The result should look as shown in the picture.
Step 17:

Cut and singe the ends on the backside.
I've used a thimble to push the melted cords and a common cd-marker to paint the ends.

The backside of this bracelet also looks nice, but I like the frontside most.
 Frontview of the finished bracelet.
I hope you could tie this pattern without any problems.

Feel free to post pictures of your results and feedback is also always welcome !

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