In this tutorial I demonstrate how to make a 2 color hansen knot bracelet.
The hansen knot is an easy way to interweave a long turk’s head knot into a more exotic bracelet. It gives it a gaucho look, while also adding more color.
So I wanted to show you how to use this knot to make a fairly unique bracelet. I really enjoy tying these kind of knots and you don’t often see these kinds of bracelets around. As with most of my tutorials on turk’s head bracelets, this one is done using video, since it is a lot easier to explain what is going on.
So, let’s start by taking a look at the items needed to make such a bracelet.
You will need the following:
- type 1 paracord. This cord is about 1.8 mm in diameter. For this bracelet I used 14 feet of cord for my primary color (blue) and 7 feet of cord for the secondary color (yellow)
- a mandrel. I usually use a dowel rod 1/4 of an inch in diameter. The lengths of the cord stated are for this diameter. For a larger mandrel, more cord will be needed
- a lacing needle. You can make one yourself using this tutorial
- a rubber band to hold the ends of the cords
- for the core of the bracelet you will also need a small length of 550 paracord.
With these items ready, let’s see how this is made!
The hansen knot is basically tied by first tying a long three bight turk’s head. See the tutorial below to first make this base knot. I used 7 wraps around the mandrel, so the length of the cord stated is enough for 7 wraps. I tied this base knot using the longer, 14 feet long cord. Once you tie the knot, you will have a length remaining. Don’t worry, this was planned.
Once you have tied the 3 bight base knot, we begin tying the hansen knot. This is done by taking the remaining cord and doubling the knot. This is done by following the standing end on the right side with your working end.
Finally, the secondary cord (yellow) is introduced and placed on the left of the standing end. Now the process of splitting pairs begins. See the tutorial below for the entire tying process.
Finally, once the knot is tied, it is time to transfer it onto a core and tighten it. See this video on a few tips on how to finish these kinds of bracelets.
I hope you are able to follow this tutorial clearly. Be sure to post any issues that arise!
Enjoy your bracelet!