How to Macrame: Calculating How Much Cord to Use

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Our month long series titled How to Macrame talks about something critical when it comes to making macrame, and that is figuring out how much cord you’ll need for a certain project. Now that you have learned some basic macrame knots, you might be ready to give a pattern a try. Before you start a project, you’ll need to consider how much cording to use.

You’ll need to calculate how long the length of your cording should be before you start on a particular project.  Although most projects will give you the recommended measurements, you should have some idea of how this measurement is reached. Here is a basic formula to help you figure that out:

The ends of cording should be 3 ½ to 4 times longer than the piece you plan to make, however, since the cording is doubled in half for knotting it is measured 7 to 8 times longer than the amount needed.  For example: if the Macrame project will have a finished length of 1 yard you’ll want to measure your cording 7 to 8 yards from one end to the other.  Then, when each end is doubled for knotting, it will be two ends with each end being 3 ½ to 4 yards long.

Make sure that you measure the ends generously since you don’t want to run out of cording and have to add to the project.  It’s much better to have extra cording than it is to run out and add in an inconvenient place in the design.

Happy knotting!

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