Watch easy to follow videos and detailed instructions to learn how to hand make a Knotted Rosary out of simple and easily accessible material.
Simple Knotted Rosary Instructions
Rosary Bracelet Instructions
What you will need:
• #18 Nylon thread (Larger sizes may be used, but I prefer #18)
Step 1: Getting Started
Step 2: The First Knot
Wrap the thread two more times around your finger, each new loop being closer to your knuckle than the last.
Note: Make sure the loops are snug, but not tight. You will need to be able to slide them off your finger in the next step.
Step 3: The First Knot (continued)
Step 4: Finishing the First Hail Mary Knot
Pull the ends of the thread until the knot tightens to finish your first Hail Mary knot.
Note: It may be helpful to hold the loops in place so that they don’t tangle. If the loops do not stay in order, the knot will not be pretty. This is the hardest part and it will take some practice, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t get it on the first try.
Step 5: Completing the Middle Decade
When you have completed the first knot, create nine more knots next to it. Spacing between each knot is up to you, but a standard length between knots is about half a centimeter. These ten knots are your third decade* of the Rosary.
*Each section of the Rosary is called a decade.
Step 6: Adding the Our Father Knots
Step 7: Completing the Main Loop
Step 8: Tying the Rosary Center
Step 9: The Last Stretch!
Step 10: The Vertical Part of the Cross
Step 11: Horizontal Part of the Cross
Step 12: Finishing Up
Cut off all loose ends of thread, leaving about half a centimeter next to the knots. Use a lighter to burn the ends and keep the knots from unraveling.
Caution: Hold the Rosary at a point far enough away from the part you are burning to avoid injury to yourself.
Step 13: The Finished Product–Your Rosary!
Detailed Downloadable Guides
- Rosary Army – How To Make An All Twine Rosary (English)
- Rosary Army – How To Make An All Twine Rosary (Spanish)