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Two-Row Pave Bracelet

About this Tip:

Add extra sparkle to your look with twice the Pave beads in one bracelet! Here's the low down on the two-row technique.

This bracelet took me about a half hour to knot up, so if you're looking for a quick and easy way show off your pave beads-- here it is!

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
You'll need:
-15" Chinese Knotting Cord* (x2): one for your core strand, one for the closure strand
-50" Chinese Knotting Cord (doubled over) for your working strand
- 32 Pave beads (approx)
-2 pull beads (ones with a little weight to them are best)
-Hypo Cement (adhesive)
-Perfect End Thread Burner
-Clipboard (holds your project while you work!)

*I used 8mm pave beads with a 2mm drill hole and used the 1.5mm Chinese Knotting cord in this example.
Step 2:
Start with your core thread and using your thread burner, singe the ends up a little bit to stiffen them (kind of turns your thread into a needle). Then thread on one of your pull beads. Knot the end of the core strand so the bead does not fall off.

Here's where the clipboard comes in: I like to clip the core strand in here so it doesn't move while I'm working. You may want to wrap a little piece of paper around the strand where the clip makes contact, if you're worried about leaving a permanent dent in your cord. However, as I was making this piece in particular, I threw caution to the wind (and it turned out A-OK).
Step 3:
Now that you're core strand is stable, take the long working strand and double it over making two 25" tails and attach to the core strand using a simple overhand knot-- do this approximately 3" down from that pull bead.

(The 3" will become part of the closure using the sliding square knot)

Move the knot you made up the clipboard and clip it snug up against the outside of the clip. Now you're ready to work!
Step 4:
Begin by completing 1.5 square knots--two 4s on the left, four 4s on the right. (If you're unfamiliar with the square knot or the lingo I just used, check out our technique video on learning the square knot)
Step 5:
Now for the Pave beads... You can either string on all your pave at once onto the right-hand working strand, or string each one just before you knot. I prefer to string all at once-- it saves time, and if you're making a pattern you don't have to keep counting back to see which comes next, it's already there for you!

If you string all at once, be sure to make a little knot at the end so the beads don't fall off as you continue to knot your bracelet! :-)
Step 6:
String on your beads! At each knot (or "4") string a bead up towards the clipboard. This is the pattern that will create the two rows of sparkle!

TIP: as you pull your knots tight, I find you get the most mmph for your ummph by pulling the knots on a diagonal across the core strand.
Step 7:
Knot pave beads until you are at about 6"-6.5" then make two square knots (without beads).

To finish, make two overhand knots and dab them with a little adhesive. You can snip the excess working strands, but leave a 1/2-1" tail on each end until the adhesive fully dries. (This way if you need to make changes or pull tighter or something, you'll have a little bit to hold on to). When the adhesive dries, you can singe the tails off completely with your thread burner.
Step 8:
Unclip the bracelet from the board. Take the unfinished end of your core strand and string on the other pull bead. Match up the length so it is even and then make a simple overhand knot to secure the pull bead to this end. Singe off the remaining cord on your core strand.
Step 9:
Next we'll make the closure. We're going to clip it to the clipboard so the length of the bracelet is parallel to the clip-- I use a couple of cord scraps, tie them to the bracelet and then clip the scraps, so I don't damage the pretty pave.
Step 10:
Make the sliding square knot closure using the remaining 15" of knotting cord. (If you are unfamiliar with the sliding square knot closure, check out our technique video to learn the sliding square knot)

Be sure to dab adhesive into your closing knots and then you can use your thread burner to singe off the remaining cord.


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  1. CatPark
    CatPark says:

    Love it! The color combo is perfect. The rose skull adds something a little different.

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    N Christian says:

    Love my Pave bracelet. My previous experience with macrame did not include adding beads like this. It is a method to use over and over again with other beads and twine. Thanks for a great pattern.

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    Shawn G says:

    I love the pave bracelet. I have been wanting to find something using pave that I think I can tackle successfully and because of your wonder pictures and detailed instructions I’ve just found it. I have love pave beads since the first time I saw them. I’ve only been beading about a year and have a 3 year old who makes it difficult to really find time to sit down and work on a project. I take classes at a wonderful bead store called Carolina Beads, and they have taught me a lot. I just haven’t been able to practice like I should. A few things are going to change around for the best so I can get serious about beading. Thank you for posting your wonderful instructions. You just made my heart super happy! lol You can tell I watch children’s television with my son.

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    M Valdez says:

    I have made the single one but I will now try the double bracelet.
    Thank so much for the way you do your classes.
    Maria Valdez

  5. Evangelina
    Evangelina says:

    Gorgeous. So sparkly and elegant. But, honestly, I was a little confused by the video. Lot of strings there to look at at once (lol) but I definitely want to make this beautiful bracelet.

    I have a couple questions;

    Can you use a pave bead on the end of the rope, instead of the skull?

    How does the thread burner work and what is it?

    What size pave beads would be suitable for this project?

  6. Kate
    Kate says:

    Great questions–
    1) the “end beads” need to have a little bit of weight to them (they help keep the bracelet in place on your wrist. Our pave beads are pretty light-weight…
    2) the thread burner is a battery powered heating element that serves to singe cords. It looks like a fat marker, but the tip heats up when you press and hold the button.
    3) You could alter the components of this bracelet idea to suit whatever your inspiration is, but Ali chose the 8mm this time, I think because she didn’t want it to look too bulky with a 12mm bead in there!

  7. Evangelina
    Evangelina says:

    I just watched the square knot video (“Learning the Square Knot”) and made knots on string, along with the video, but I still don’t really understand how to make this bracelet :( This is what I’m confused about:
    The pave beads go on the working string, not the core string, correct?
    And all the questions above (in my previous comment)


  8. Evangelina
    Evangelina says:

    Thank you so much, Kate. That helps a lot. :)
    I’m excited to make this bracelet.

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    Rwol r says:

    I’m loving this site. Thank you…!

  10. Noor
    Noor says:

    i really like it .. this is something i would love to do and wear.

  11. POF Chick Nina
    POF Chick Nina says:

    I am in the process of making a third bracelet. The first two each had a flaw in them, (a little twisted,).
    The third one must be a charm and perfect (I hope).
    It took me a long time to learn how to make a square knot. My granddaughter taught me to make the knot using the number 4 method. Once I followed that process it was much easier to do. Now I just have to watch the twist as I am knotting. The bracelet makes up beautifully.

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