Spanish Knot Bracelet Tutorial

Spanish Knot Bracelet
(also known as Snake Weave)
The Spanish Knot has become the go-to knot for all things fashionable at Bead World.  Karen learned this knot on the beaches of Spain (hence the name) and we’ve been tying leather into gorgeous designs ever since!
Required Supplies:
1.5mm-2mm leather (5 feet)                        
4x2mm TierraCast barrel bead (10)
TierraCast button (1) 
GS Hypo Glue (Red) 
Cutters for Leather               
For a double wrap: approx. 10 feet of leather and 19 barrel beads

Gather all of your materials on a roll-proof work surface.  

     Place your button on the 5 feet of leather, half way down. Hold the leather under the button with your left thumb and finger.    

Take right strand of leather and place it under the left strand.  Hold it with your right hand where it crosses, forming a 1 inch “D”. 
  Let go of the button for a second, while you flip the same strand of leather over the top of the center strand.  Again, hold it where it crosses under the button. 
Next, take the left strand of leather (still holding under the button with your left hand) and place it over the strand going out to the right. 

Then go under and pass through the loop to the left, towards you. 
  Pull until you have formed two 1 inch loops that look like a pretzel. 
 Still holding under the button pull each strand (left, then right) gradually reducing the size of the loops.  When the loops get to ¼ inch in size, pull on both strands at the same.  Push up on knot with right finger and thumb.  
 To make the knot tight, turn button to face you.  

Pull down on the knot towards you.  At the same time, pull the two strands away from you.  Do not pull too hard – you don’t want the leather to break!  Just push and pull until it’s lightly in place.  The knot should be located ¼ inch down from the button. 

 Repeat the previous to make two more knots.  Make the knots close together and make them the same size.  Remember, if the knots are not tight enough they will spread apart with wear making your bracelet too big.  
 Place one 4x2mm barrel bead onto both strands of leather. 
 Repeat the pattern, tying three more knots.  Our Spanish Knot Bracelet uses 11 sets of three knots with ten barrel beads.  Alternatively, you can just leave a ¼ inch space between each set of three knots.  
Once the pattern is complete, leave a space the same size as your button and tie a knot.  

Add a second knot. 

  Again, leave a space the same size as your button and tie two knots.  This makes your bracelet adjustable.  For bracelets that wrap around three or more times, consider making three openings for further adjustability.
Complete the bracelet by putting GS Hypo Glue (Red) inside the end knots to keep them coming undone.  
 Cut the leather strands off ¼ inch from the last knot. 
 The finished bracelet is shown below.  The Spanish Knot can also be made with other materials, like nylon macramé cord, silk griffin thread and hemp.  When using most cords, it’s best to leave a ¼ inch space between each set of three knots to prevent the bracelet from twisting or stretching too much over time.



You can order Spanish Knot kits on!  

Spanish Knot Bracelet in Berry

Spanish Knot Bracelet in Orange

Men’s Spanish Knot Bracelet in Black 

Spanish Knot Bracelet in Brown
19 comments on “Spanish Knot Bracelet Tutorial
  1. Ada says:

    Thank you for this spanish knot. I have a very nice braelet now.
    All the best.

  2. brenda says:

    Thank u for sharing your Spanish knot bracelet with me. Will try and make one.
    Kind regards

  3. Tina says:

    Can’t wait to try

  4. Dottie says:

    Very clear and well done tutorial. THANK YOU!

  5. maryAnn says:

    Very Cute. Thanks for sharing!! Made a couple of these. They make up nice with waxed cotton too. Would be great for kids with waxed cotton. My grandkids will enjoy them!!

  6. Maria Del Castillo says:

    Beautiful! and easy to follow tutorial Thank you.

  7. irma tovar says:

    Thank you, its very beatiful and easy.

  8. Leigh Anne Weissmueller says:

    How much leather does one knot require? I want to incorporate some into wrap bracelets and don’t know how much extra leather I will need. Thanks you

  9. John says:

    Great knot and easy to follow steps. I’ve cranked out several already! I can see why it’s the go-to-knot at Bead World, it has just become mine as well!

  10. Laurent says:

    Thank you for the tutorial.

    Do you think these knots are the same as M Cohen knotted bracelet ?

    (photo here :$pdp_flexH$ )

    Thank you

    • Bailey Ienuso says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! The band portion of that bracelet looks like the strands are looped around the outside of center strands and woven through (similar to two figure 8’s simultaneously going in opposite directions). There may be knots between the beads in the beaded portion, but it’s hard to see that closely. You can certainly use Spanish knots to make your own twist on this style of bracelet though!

    • Terese C says:

      Laurent, from the pic, it looks like the Herringbone Stitch. However, when I blew up the pic, it became fuzzy, so I’m not 100% positive.

      Bailey, your description sounds like the Herringbone Stitch. Also, thank you for this bracelet tutorial. I have many of these Tierra Cast beads and didn’t know what to do with them!

  11. Muchas gracias entendi perfectamente…

  12. Sandra says:

    Need English instructions as well. Please.

    • Bailey Ienuso says:

      Hi Sandra – these instructions are in English. Are you seeing them in a different language? I haven’t encountered that before. Is it possible that you have an auto-translate turned on? Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you with the instructions!

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