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How you can vary the look of the popular friendship bracelet!

It has been another busy "techy" week here at daisyknots. Between making more videos and accidentally learning about "SEO" (Search Engine Optimisation) I have been on quite a steep learning curve.

However I got another video finished and uploaded to Youtube, yippee, It is a variation on the Alix square knot bracelet from my last article. It's called Uni as my son asked if I could make a bracelet in his University colours and that's where the idea for the button bracelet made in a 0.5mm nylon cord came from as he didn't want it to be too thick.

Depending on cord width and colour used there are many variations that can be made with this easy design and you can use bead fastenings instead of buttons like the blue and grey bracelet above.

To make your Uni bracelet you will need: a board to work on (I use an A4 plastic one but as long as it is rigid anything will do, a placemat will work well too), two bulldog clips, a scrap piece of cord, scissors and a tape measure.


  • Core and knot cord in colour 1 = 1.5 - 2 metre (depending on wrist size)

  • Core and knot cord in colour 2 = 1.5 - 2 metre (depending on wrist size)

  • Fastening = Sturdy button with holes large enough for both cords to be threaded through.

Making the bracelet:

  1. Thread both cords through the button and slide the button 40 - 60cm down the cord depending on wrist size. e.g. for a 17cm bracelet slide 40cm down.

  2. Fold the cords back on themselves so there are now 4 cords with the button at one end. There should be 2 long strands of cord and 2 shorter strands.

  3. Wind a spare piece of cord around the button and clip the spare cord to the top of the board and fold the other ends of the core cord (the short cords) around the bottom of the clipboard and clip in place making sure the cord is taut.

  4. Thread one of the cord colours under the core cord . You should have one cord colour on the right and a different cord colour on the left.

  5. Tie a square knot tight under the button.

  6. Keep tying square knots until the sennit (length) of knots reached is the length you wish it to be. (see "Length of sennit" below how to work this out).

  7. Tie an overhand knot with all four cords immediately after the sennit of knots.

  8. Tie another overhand knot with all four cords leaving a gap the diameter of your button between the first knot and the second knot.

  9. Cut all the cords to the same length leaving roughly 1cm or 1/2 inch after the overhand knot.

Measuring for the bracelet size

Measure the part of the wrist where the bracelet is to sit. For the finished bracelet measurement, increase the wrist measurement by the amount below, depending on what fit is required.

  • Snug fit, add 0.5cm to 1.5cm

  • Comfort fit, add 1.5cm to 2.5cm.

  • Loose fit, add 2.5cm to 3.25cm

NOTE: this size does not include the cut cord ends after the last overhand knot.

Length of Sennit

You must deduct the button diameter and the size of both overhand knots from the finished bracelet size to determine this length

NOTE: The cord you use will determine the size of the overhand knot

Uni bracelets look great worn with an Alix bracelet. The leather Alix bracelet and nylon Uni bracelet in the picture are in Nottingham Uni colours and have been made for my son who is studying there.

I sell Uni bracelet kits in both 0.5mm nylon cord and wax cotton in my shop. There is a wide selection of colours in both 0.5mm nylon cord and 1mm waxed cotton. All kits ship with the stainless steel oval buttons.

Enjoy making your bracelet and if you are on Instagram please do post your pics with #daisyknotsuni so that I can see them and share them. Thank you so much for reading this article and have fantastic fun making and wearing your bracelet.

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