How to Macrame: Alternating Square Knots

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Now that we are getting towards the end of our series How to Macrame, we are featuring knots that are more complicated to do. You should already be knowledgeable in creating the square knot, the half knot, larks head, half hitch knots and so forth. Now it’s time to start adding those together and having fun with it.

The Alternating Square Knot uses eight strands of cording.  The effect of this knotting pattern is a soft and lacy look.  To preserve the lacy look make sure that you don’t pull the knots too tight as you’re working them.  Secure the strands and separate them so that they lie side by side.

How to Macrame: Alternating Square Knots

Alternating Square Knots for macrame

How to Macrame: Alternating Square Knots

1. Divide the strands into two groups of four.  In each group tie a Square Knot with the two outer strands over the two center strands.

2. Bring the two left strands of the right group and the two right strands of the left group to the center, dropping the two outer strands on each side.

3. Tie a Square Knot with the two outer strands over the two center strands.

4. This completes one unit of the knot.

5. Repeat from step 1 until you reach the desired length.

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k.klein February 16, 2012 at 8:56 am

Looking for a macrame class close to Forney, Texas? I am interested in joining. It seems that I need a “hand on” lesson, rather then try to follow directions from a printed pattern.
thank you!

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