Adding Josephine Knots to a Hemp Bracelet

If you want to add an intriguing twist to hemp jewelry designs, try your hand at tying Josephine knots. Mix and match them with square knots to create an elaborate focal point, or use this technique from beginning to end to make a hemp bracelet or necklace with a lacy weave.

To make a Josephine knot, begin with two strands of hemp twine.
1. Form one strand (A) into a loop with overlapping tails, and lay atop the other strand (B).
2. Take strand B up and over the lower tail of strand A, and then place under strand A’s upper tail.
3. Slip strand B down and over the loop of strand A.
4. Continue to move strand B down so that it crosses under itself. You are now forming a loop with strand B. At this point, you should be able to see the pretzel shape starting to form.
5. Bring strand B over strand A’s loop to form a loop inside a loop.
6. Pull both strands with even tension to tighten the knot.

For more striking Josephine knots, use four strands (two As and two Bs), or 6 (three As and 3 Bs) and mix-and-match colors. Once you learn the ropes, it’s a cinch to incorporate Josephine knots into your current hemp bracelet and necklace designs.

Photo Credit: Sol-Creations

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  1. I love wearing hemp jewelery. I want to learn the different hemp knots that are used for making jewelery!

    1. As a general rule when making the Josephine knot bracelet, you wrap the cord around your wrist five times and then double that length. You may have to add more or less depending, but after making it a couple times youll get a better idea of what works best for you. I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions!

  2. How do you finish the ends of this bracelet? What keeps it from coming thru the loop? do you have a button on it or something?

    1. We actually have a post dedicated to closing all sorts of hemp bracelets and necklaces that you can find here: It also has a section for using buttons or beads as you mentioned. If you have any other questions, please let me know!

  3. this also (I think) would look awesome with a shiny bead between each knot… right? thanks for sharing!

    1. Thats a great question Katherine! Im really not too sure actually. I would try looking on Amazon perhaps? If that doesnt work, a nice Google search should bring up something. Best of luck finding what you are looking for though!

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