Make a Celtic Knot Necklace

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Celtic knots come in many configurations, from simple to complex. Whether you choose a traditional or a modern knot, they make beautiful necklaces. This sweet Celtic heart knot is surprisingly easy to make: Just sew bias tubes and insert cords into them, then loop the cords into the knot pattern. All you need is cord, pretty fabric bias strips, and a knot pattern to follow.

Double up 1⁄4-inch-diameter cords for a fine, yet substantial, knot. Use different fabric colors to set off the knot design.

Create the Cords

There are many ways to vary the necklace: Use a single cord; use two cords in the same color or in different colors; use thin cords or thick cords. A thinner cord creates a small, fine pendant, and a thicker cord creates a chunky necklace. We used 1⁄4-inch-circumference and 1⁄2-inch-circumference 100-percent cotton draw cords to make the necklaces shown.

1. Cut a bias strip 1 inch or 1 1⁄2 inches wide and 40 inches long. Fold the strip right sides together. To cover a 1⁄4-inch-circumference cord, use a 1-inch-wide strip and stitch a scant 1⁄4 inch from the raw edges. For a 1⁄2-inch-circumference cord, use a 1-1⁄2-inch-wide strip and stitch 3⁄8 inch from the raw edges. Trim the seam allowance, and turn the tubes right side out.

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2. Cut one 40-inch-long cord per bias strip. Use a bodkin to thread it into a bias tube. The cords should fit snugly into the tubes. If the tube is loose around the cord, stretch the tube's fabric until it fits more snugly. Steam the covered cord while twisting the tube to ensure the seam lies straight.

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Make the Knot

To make a Celtic heart knot, use two thin or two thick cords in different colors. Hold the two cords parallel to each other, fold them in half, and mark the halfway point with a pin. Follow the photos below to form the knot; the process is shown with a single cord for clarity. Note the placement of the marked halfway point at the beginning of the process and at the end. This ensures that the cord ends are the same length on each side of the knot.

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Finish the Necklace

To complete the necklace, knot the cord ends together to slip over the head easily, or add jewelry chain and findings to make the length adjustable. Either way, you're just a few steps from enjoying a charming accessory.

Pendant with a chain
Cut the cord ends 1 inch to 5 inches from the knot. Clamp a ribbon crimp end (available at onto each pair of cord ends. Cut two pieces of jewelry chain up to 12 inches long, depending on the desired finished necklace length. Open two jump rings and thread each through the ribbon crimp end loops. Thread the jump rings onto the chain ends and close the jump rings. Attach a jewelry clasp set to the chain ends.

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Continuous-cord necklace
Measure the cord ends and mark the desired length. If the necklace is made from two cords, cut the ends 2 inches from the mark. Tie an overhand knot in each set of cords, 3 inches from the cut ends. For both double-cord and single-cord necklaces, tie both ends together tightly in a square knot.

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Comments (8)

EthanTillett75 writes: It loooks totally classy. I would not sat it's homemade, like not at all.
Posted: 8:54 am on April 15th
Joseph1992 writes: This necklace looks really nice. It's easy to make it, so I will try. Thanks for this article!
Posted: 12:27 pm on April 14th
smallgorilla537 writes: This necklace looks really nice. I will try to do it. I am sure that necklace like this one cost over 20$ in shop...
Posted: 4:01 pm on April 4th
BobTenant writes: You can use this technique to tie your curtains. I bet it'll look pretty awesome.
Posted: 8:18 am on April 1st
brownrabbit170 writes: This is so nice. And can be dressed up and dressed down as well. I love Celtic stuff that's so vesatile.
Posted: 12:30 pm on March 29th
ZaraSummerson writes: That looks really amazing, even for a business woman. I love wearing stuff like this.
Posted: 11:26 am on March 24th
GracePritchard writes: Double cord rules!! :))
Posted: 11:01 am on March 8th
bigdog327 writes: Can anybody explain me second step? I have problems with it!
Posted: 12:22 pm on March 4th
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