Thursday, April 17, 2008

Fans Bracelet PATTERN

This striking micro macrame design is simple in conception, but needs a bit of practice to master. Recommended for INTERMEDIATE level beaders with some knotting and beading experience. This design primarily uses Double Half-Hitch knots with Lark's Head knots at the beginning and ending. The trickiest parts are beginning, ending, and determining how many seed beads to use per strand. It is all covered in the instructions with plenty of photos.

As with all my basic designs, there is lots of room for creativity. I provide tips on some variations, including how to expand it into a choker.

Find this pattern and more in the "Patterns" section of My Etsy Shop. Want to try one out, but don't want to go out an buy all the materials in bulk? I offer kits for this pattern here.

I provide continued support in case you have questions regarding the pattern instructions. So, if you have any questions whatsoever, please don't hesitate to ask. You may contact me (see my profile) or leave your question in "comments" below.

Editorial note: Since receiving feedback from 3 different people, this pattern is now rated "best for intermediate beaders"...preferably with some macrame experience. I have also reworked the pattern for easier understanding.


Knotgypsy said...

I received this question under FAQ comments before I got the “Fans” pattern posted on this site. So, just in case anyone else has this problem, I am posting it here.


Good morning:
I purchased your “fans” bracelet pattern over the weekend. It is so lovely I have spent most of the time just looking at it but now that I am starting practice I wanted to ask this…if the 8 cords were numbered 1 thru 8 (naturally) would it be possible for you to give a numbering sequence for the first couple of steps? i.e. “knot DHH 2 on 1, then 3 on 1″ etc. I have done some micro macrame - got a couple of books on friendship bracelets - but I keep getting lost in the directions for “Fans”. If I am being stupid just say so and I will see if I can work it out. I won’t be offended. Sometimes the forest alludes me for the trees.


Thank you for your question! Don’t worry - there are no stupid questions.

I have never used the system where the cords are numbered, so I am not so familiar with it. I will do what I can, though.

Basically, the 4 cords are attached (at their centers) to the split ring by Lark’s Head Knots, effectively giving you 8 cords. I guess you got this part already, though. Then, if we number the cords from the left, using cord #1 as holding cord, cross it over cords 2, 3, & 4. With cord #2, make a dhh. Repeat with cords 3 & 4. Then, still using the numbers previously assigned, #2 cord becomes the new holding cord. (Cord #1 has already been used). Cross #2 over cords 3 & 4. With cord #3 (now the left most cord), make dhh. Repeat with cord #4. (it should look like photo in Step 3). Now, using cord #3 (now the left most cord) as holding cord, make a dhh with cord #4. The left side of your work should now look like the photo in Step 4.

Now, working from the right, and numbering the cords 1-8 from the right, we reverse the process and use all 8 cords. Cord #1 (the cord furthest to the right) is now the holding cord. Beginning with cord #2, make a dhh. Repeat with cords 3 thru 8. See photos in Step 4.

I hope this helps. If it doesn’t, and you are still having problems, please ask some more.

Again, thank you for asking. I would much rather spend some time answering questions than to have someone frustrated with my patterns. Besides, someone else may have the same questions. It is also good for me to get feedback, perhaps I need to be clearer in my instructions.

Knotgypsy said...

Then I received an email from a woman who is working on this pattern. She just wrote to let me know how she was getting along. I enjoyed hearing from her. I replied and asked her how she would rate this pattern’s experience level as I am not so objective about this. It has been too long since I was a beginner and I don’t remember so well how hard something was when I learned it.

She replied and said “intermediate to difficult” because of the room for error. She was referring to figuring out how many seed beads to place on each strand (in a “fan” section”).

I had considered saying “beginner to intermediate”, but did not want to insult anyone’s abilities. I will make a note in the body of this post to reflect this opinion.

Please, if anyone else has an opinion regarding this issue, I would love to hear from you. Just post your comments here.

Knotgypsy said...

Then "Natalie" posted this comment:

I am VERY grateful for the post with numbered cords. The directions were absolutely not specific enough for which cord was the far left cord for any given step. I haven’t done macrame in 30 years but I am a very experienced bead weaver. This pattern could only be considered for beginners or “returners” to macrame if you are far more detailed in your instructions, like you were in the first comment above. As I’ve not reached the part where I string the beads, I can’t comment on that, except to say that since you’ve made the basic bracelet with the beads you provide in the kits, it would be helpful if you specified the number of beads required for the basic version so we could find success the first time out.

Knotgypsy said...

Thank you, Natalie, for leaving this feedback. This is exactly the kind of information I need. As I am so close to my work, my objectivity is sometimes lacking. Receiving this feedback is very helpful. Again, thank you.

It looks like I need to re-work the pattern…I am getting ready for Wimberly Market days this week, so re-working the pattern will have to wait until the following week. Once the re-work is finished, I will offer a copy free to anyone who bought the original pattern.

In the meantime, if anyone has any other questions, please leave them here. I can then incorporate them into the re-work of the pattern.

Anonymous said...


i'm from holland and i searched for macrame patterns for jewlery and i found yours. they are really fantastic and i would like to have some patterns especially the serpentine and fans bracelet. but i don't like bying from out of an other country and i don't know how to with paypal and such things. but i understand most of how you have made som things cause i have a book with all knots and things. so in the pattern of the fans bracelet i don't understand how you can create a nice and tight line with golden roccailles in the beginning. i'm so for that i have a diagonal and then i have to work those roccailles but when i put on every threat a bead and i start with left to knot with a dhh all the beads are flyinge up and down but aren't in a straight line becaus the line above is offcourse smaller then when you put on every threat a beat. do i have to knot al little less tight or something?
greetings saskia

KnotGypsy said...

Thank you for your interest in my work.

Ordering on Etsy (where I sell my patterns) is the easy way to order from other countries. The process is the same for all. If you have a credit card, you can pay through PayPal (no PayPal account is needed). When you get to choosing method of payment (during checkout), choose PayPal and follow the instructions. You can always email me with questions as you go through the process. I will be happy to help where I can.

However, I cannot answer your question because I am not sure what you are asking and because the instructions on how to make my patterns is what I am selling. It sounds like you are telling me that you do not want to buy my pattern (the instructions), but want me to tell you how to do it in an email - or give it to you for free. If I have misunderstood your question, I apologize. I do have two free patterns here on my website (Spirals Anklet and Spirals Key Chain). Please feel free to check them out.

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