Now that you know how to do a Larks Head Knot from an earlier post in our month long series titled How to Macrame, it’s time for you to build upon that knowledge.This is called a Larks Head Sinnet. This knot is created with three cords, or strands. Start with your anchor cord, and then create alternating larks head knots with the two outer cords.

Alternating Larks Head Knots

How to Macrame: Alternating Larks Head Chain

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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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Today’s feature in our month long series titled How to Macrame is the Larks Head Chain. The  Lark’s Head Chain is a more decorative version of the Lark’s Head Knot.  This knot allows you more freedom to use loops for decoration.

Larks Head Chain

How to Macrame: Larks Head Chain

1. Starting on either the left or the right side make a Lark’s Head Knot using the outer strand of cording around the anchor strands.

2. Drop the strand and pick up the opposite outer strand to make another knot.

3. Continue the pattern on alternating sides until you reach the desired length.

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"Spirals" micro-macrame bracelet pattern by "Knot Gypsy"

“Knot Gypsy” is the pen name of macrame artist Donna Littlewood of Seguin, Texas. Donna specializes in micro-macrame jewelry, and she sells her designs through Etsy and her own website. She also creates and sells jewelry kits for someone looking to give micro-macrame a try. In addition to kits, she also sells her own custom created patterns so you can create your own gorgeous bracelets, earrings and necklaces at home! One of the things particularly helpful about her work is that she aims to help others learn the craft, and she shows you different ways you can adapt a pattern to create something unique.

Donna’s pattern for the Spirals Bracelet was featured in the “Step by Step Beads” magazine a couple of years ago. She generously offers this free micro-macrame pattern for the Spirals Bracelet on her site, so go check it out. Her patterns are also very reasonably priced, and include support plus super easy to follow instructions and step by step photos. If you have been thinking about getting into micro-macrame, you should definitely give it a try. Once you check out the Spirals pattern, you can order a kit or several patterns and see how you like micro-macrame. You can find more info about Knot Gypsy at her site: Knot Gypsy Designs Give it a try!

P.S. I forgot to mention that another one of Knot Gypsy’s patterns is featured in the all new Macrame Guide: One Stop Macrame Shop. Thanks Knot Gypsy!

 

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Kind of a mouthful! Today’s featured knot from our month long series, How to Macrame is the Horizontal Double Half Hitch. You’ll want to refer back to original post on the Half Hitch in case you need a refresher. This knot is just a new version of that.

Horizontal Double Half Hitch

How to Macrame: Horizontal Half Hitch

The Horizontal Double Half Hitch is knotted from either left to right, or right to left.  The cord is knotted over a horizontal anchor cord.

Simple, right? Well that, and practice makes perfect.

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Today’s KNot in our month long How to Macrame series is the Alternating Half Hitch.

The Alternating Half Hitch knot is a variation of the Half Hitch.  It produces a flat sinnet instead of a spiral.

Alternating Half Hitch Macrame Knot

How to Macrame: Alternating Half Hitch

1. Half Hitch the left strand around the center strand.

2. Half Hitch the right strand around the center strand.

3. Repeat until you reach the desired length of spiral.

4. Flatten the knots with your fingers as you work.

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From our month long series titled “How to Macrame” I bring you the “Half Hitch” knot. Another very simple one to do.

Half Hitch Knot

How to Macrame: Half Hitch Knot

The Half Hitch Knot is a single wrap of one strand around another strand.  Bring the end of the cord between the working and the anchor strands. You’ll need the anchor strand to be actually held down or anchored while you tie this knot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in learning more knots plus all the basics to macrame, you can find more comprehensive knot instructions in my macrame ebook listed below:

 

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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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From our month long series titled How to Macrame. Here we have the half knot.

Half Knot

How to Macrame: Half Knot

The Half Knot can be knotted either from right to left, or left to right.

 

1. Start with four cords.

2. Bring the left cord over and to the right of the two anchor cords.

3. Place the right cord over the left cord.

4. Bring the right cord under the anchors and through the loop formed by the left cord.

5. Pull tightly and the Half Knot is complete.

You can tie this knot over and over again and it will create a spiral that makes a nice base for a bracelet.

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From our month long series titled How to Macrame:

I know this tip might seem like common sense, but believe me, I’ve come across many crafters who don’t realize this important step in creating uniform knots. Those knots need to be tightened!

You’ll need to tighten the beginning and end knots of your project so that the ends are firmly secured.  An easy way to do this is by using pliers.  Hold each strand of cording, one at a time, with the tip of the pliers.  Firmly pull the pliers away from the cording to tighten the strands.  This will strengthen your macrame project so that it stays secure and safe. Ok crafters, carry on!

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