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Macrame Knot of the Week: Switch Knot - Macrame Lovers Blog

Macrame Knot of the Week: Switch Knot

by Macrame

This week we learn about the beautiful lacy macrame knot called the Switch Knot. To secure the switch knot, a square knot is tied at the beginning and end of the switch knot. A switch knot pattern can save cord length because the knot is loose and uses more space.

The switch knot needs the usual 4 cords with two outer cords (knotters) and 2 inner cords (fillers). You can do this by folding 2 cords in the middle. The cord folding forms two loops, through which the hanging ends of the cords are pulled into a knot. This is the Lark’s Head knot, which is commonly used to hitch the cords to a dowel rod.

Now that you have secured your cords, it is time to start with one or two square knots.

  • After the square knots, take the inner cords (fillers) and separate them.
  • Take the outer cords (knotters), and move them over the divided inner cords. Now, they occupy the center in place of the fillers.
  • Use the fillers that have taken the place of the knotters at the sides to make a square knot about 3/4 down from the last tied knot.
  • Tug the cords a little to secure the lacy knot that was formed.

Different colored cords make more interesting designs. This kind of macrame knot can be used with beads and charms, or without them.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

diane June 7, 2010 at 6:57 pm

for those of us who are novices, pictures or graphics might be useful.


Macrame February 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm

thanks Diane, I am actually working on that right now. I would love it if readers could send in their photos, so we can all learn more macrame ideas from each other!


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