How to Macrame: Measuring Cord Lengths

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Today I want to share with you some of the key basics of How to Macrame so
that you produce the outcome you desire in terms of the pattern you are trying to follow.  That what you had in your
“minds eye”, or saw in the pattern book actually turns out that way. The keys: uniform knots and measuring the right amount of cord to use.

Calculating how much cording to use:

You’ll need to calculate how long the length of your cording should
be.  Although most projects will give you the recommended
measurements,you should have some idea of how this measurement is
reached.

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,
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.

Now did you know this already?  I must admit I have been a bit hit
and miss in the past with the length I cut my cord – sometimes I
lucked out, other times :( .

I thought this was a great, easy to implement guide to working out
how long to cut the yarn. If you have other great macrame tips to share, please do!

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Sherry February 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

How do you figure the length of cording you will need for a project? Example: If it says you need 182 feet of 4mm cording, is that equivlant to 182 x 12″? Second question, when it states 80 yards of 5 ply macrame cording, is that in fabric terminology of 36″ equal
1 yard or a yard equals 12″? Thanks!

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