Today’s featured knot in our month long series titled How to Macrame is called the Half Hitch Spiral. The Half Hitch Spiral is a sinnet that gives a corkscrew effect. It’s very simple to do, and you can always refer back to the posts on the various half hitch knot in order to refresh your knowledge on this particular macrame knot.

Hlaf Hitch Spiral Macrame Knot

How to Macrame: Half Hitch Spiral

 

1. Use one strand to tie a series of Half Hitches around the other strand.

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

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This is the fourth post in a series titled  How to Macrame. Each post features a particular macrame knot and the step by step instructions. The Overhand Knot is one of the simplest and most versatile of knots used in Macrame patterns.  It is most often used to begin or end a Macrame project.

Overhand Knot for macrame

How to Macrame: Overhand Knot

1. Make a loop with the cording.

2. Bring one end of the cording around the cord through the loop and pull tightly.

 

Pretty easy, right? If you are ready to give it a go, check out these wonderful macrame patterns for beginners.

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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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This post is the third installment of a series called How to Macrame. The Lark’s Head Knot is often used for attaching cords to a  holding or starting line. This is a very easy macrame knot to learn.

Lark's Head Knot

How to Macrame: Lark's Head Knot Instructions

1. Fold the cord in half and place the loop under the horizontal holding line from top to bottom.

2. Reach under the loop and over the horizontal line and grasp the two loose strands, bringing them down through the loop.

3. Pull and tighten the knot.

 

This is the second knot featured in a series. the first knot to learn when you are just learning how to macrame is the square knot.

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In our first post on the How to Macrame series we discussed the basics of macrame you need to know before you start. Once you understand the basics of what you are trying to do, its time to learn the knots. The Square knot is the first macrame knot you’ll want to learn. It’s one of the most popular knots you’ll need to master. Here we go:

A Square Knot consists of two half knots that are tied in opposite directions.

macrame instructions

How to macrame: square knot

1. Start with four cords.

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

3. Place the left cord over the right cord.

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

5. Pull and you have the first half of the Square Knot.

6. Bring the left cord over and to the right of the two anchor cords and place the right cord over it.

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

8. Pull the cords and you have the finished Square Knot.

Now you are ready to macrame. Start with these macrame patterns which are good for beginners.

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This post is from the How to Macrame series for beginners. I’ve been getting questions from readers who wanted a list of the basic tools you’ll need to get started with macrame. Here you go…

The basic equipment and tools that you need to get started with macrame are few and simple:

  • Mounting cords
  • Rings to hold the mounting cords
  • Macrame board or project board
  • Pins, such as T-pins
  • Scissors
  • A measuring tape
  • Beads(optional depends on type of project)
  • Cording
  • Embroidery needle
  • Crochet hook

The Macrame board is the working surface that you use to hold your work securely.  You can purchase a Macrame board from a craft store.  If stores where you live don’t stock Macrame boards you can order one from this list of macrame suppliers from a previous post.

You’ll find T-pins (also known as “wig” pins) at a sewing and notions store.  You might also want to buy U-pins, which are great for holding heavy cords to the Macrame board.  You can purchase U-pins at stores that carry supplies for upholstery projects.

You’ll use the embroidery needle and crochet hook for those projects where you need to finish off a Macrame pattern with some fine detailing.  Instructions for this type of finishing will be included in each individual Macrame project. If you are a beginner, you’ll also want to check out this post: How to Macrame which is helpful for beginners.

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How to Macrame

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How to macrame is what this blog is all about. If you are a beginner with macrame, this step by step macrame instruction will get you going. First, some basics for the beginner. Macrame is about tying knots. there are many different knots you can use in macrame, but there are a certain few that you will use most often such as the square knot. Learning these basic macrame knots is all you really need to get started.

Macrame is a craft by which many items may be created using simple knots. This goes far beyond the original concept which included projects such as plant hangers and owls.  These days, macrame is being used to create purses, dresses, shorts, wall hangings, bracelets, earrings, hammocks, chairs and all sorts of wonderful things. The only limit is of course, your imagination.  We will begin with an explanation of the supplies we will use and where they can be purchased.

There are several types of cord used in macrame. Natural cords include jute and hemp. There is a natural beauty to these cords, and they are perfect for beginners. My preference is to use only synthetic cord, which are made of herculon fiber. These cords are washable, and can also be brushed and heat fused. They are also fade proof. This is an important consideration for outdoor plant hangers or wall hangings that receive a lot of light.

Cords are available in varying thickness ranging from .5 to 8mm basically, the larger the number the thicker the cord so 8mm is the thickest. You will also be using metal rings and beads once you learn the basic knots. The easiest way to work a project is on a flat macrame board. The project is held in place using t-pins, which help with the spacing of knots in the patterns. If you don’t have a macrame board yet, a clip board will do just fine.

Acajou Crafts is one of my favorite places for macrame supplies. They carry a good selection of rings, project boards, cord, beads and also project kits, which are perfect for beginners. They carry synthetic cord in 2mm, 4mm, and 6mm which are common thicknesses for many projects. With free shipping on many items, you can’t go wrong!

 

 

First, let’s start with some basic supplies:

  • macrame cord (hemp or  jute is great for beginners, twine will work too)
  • a ring or dowel (this is what you will anchor the cords to while you tie knots. Even a wooden spoon will work just fine to start with)
  • scissors to cut the cord
  • Mounting board or clip board, to secure the cords while you are knotting

Basic Macrame Terms to Start:

  • Knotting Cords-these are the cords on the outside that you are knotting with, while the filler cords are the middle cords.
  • Filler Cords-these are the cords in the middle, or inside that stay put.

For the rest of the month, we will feature one post a day dedicated to macrame instructions. You will learn all the basic macrame knots, important macrame instructions and tips and tricks. This series is aimed at anyone who has been looking to learn how to macrame. Follow these daily step by step macrame instructions and you’ll be making macrame in no time at all!

 

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Plant Hanger by Kristen T.

This lovely plant hanger features 2 levels and consists mostly of square knots and half knots. Might be considered slightly beyond a beginner, but if you can do the basic macrame plant hangers, then you should be able to handle this one!

Materials Needed:

-4 yds. of 3-ply natural jute
-Four 3/4in. wooden beads
-Eight 1/2in. wooden beads
-Four 3in wood rings
-Four 1 1/4in wood rings

  1. Cut 16, 4 yards, long cords of 4 ply or #72 natural jute. Take eight cords and fold in half, tie a scrap piece of cord around the middle to hold in place.
  2. Cut a 1yd. long peace of 4 ply or #72 natural jute and tie a wrapping knot for two in. Trim the ends and seal.
  3. Divide cords into four groups of four cords each.
  4. Tie a half-knot sinnet for 6 1/2in. (about 22 knots)
  5. Take one of the 1/2in. wooden beads and thread it onto the two filler cords, followed by on of the 3/4in. wooden beads, with a second 1/2in. wooden bead under it. Giving you three beads two 1/2in. and one 3/4in.
  6. Tie a half-knot cross over; (make the knotting cords the filler cords and the filler cords the knotting cords).
  7. Tie another half-knot sinnet for 4 1/2in. (about 14 knots)
  8. Take one of the 1 1/4in wood rings and put the two filler cords through it. Tie a square knot under it to hold in place.
  9. Repeat steps 4-8 for the other three groups of cords.
  10. Drop down 3in. and tie a row of alternating square knots to make the basket.
  11. Tie two more rows of alternating square knots up close to close the basket.
  12. Cut a 1yd. long peace of 3-ply natural jute, and tie a wrapping knot for 1 1/2in. up close to the last row of alternating square knots.

Cut cords ends to 1 1/2in. and frizz.

(START BOTTOM HANGER)

  1. Take two 4yd. long cords of 4 ply or #72 natural jute and fold in half, place on one of 1 1/4in wood rings.
  2. Use a 1yd. Long peace of 3-ply natural jute. And tie a wrapping knot for one in. Trim the ends and seal.
  3. Tie a half-knot sinnet for 6in. about 21 knots three complete turns.
  4. Take one of the 3in wood rings. Drop down 1 1/2in. and double half hitch the four cords onto the top of the ring.
  5. Tie a square knot in the center of the ring. At the bottom of the ring double half hitch, the four cords onto the bottom.
  6. Drop down 1 1/2in and do a cross over, use the two center cords as tying cords and the two outside cords as filler cords. Tie a half-knot sinnet for 1 complete turn 2in. about 6 knots.
  7. Repeat steps 14-19 for the other three legs of the hanger.
  8. Begin to tie the basket, take one filer and one knotting cord from opposite groups and tie a row of alternating square knots 3 1/2 in. below the last knot.
  9. Drop down 3 1/2 in. and tie another row of alternating square knots with a second row of square knots right below, giving you two square knots in this row.
  10. Drop down 1in. and tie another row of alternating square knots, with a second row right up close to the last row to close the basket.
  11. Gather all the cords into a group and tie a wrapping knot for 1 1/2in. using 1yd. Of 4 ply or #72 natural jute. Trim the ends and seal ends.
  12. Trim cord ends to 1 1/2in. and frizz.

Thanks to Charlie Emery for providing this pattern.

If you are looking for more Macrame Patterns for your plant hangers:

Macrame Patterns: Basic Plant Hanger

Macrame Patterns: Plant Hanger 1

Macrame Patterns: Plant Hanger 2

Macrame Patterns: Plant Hanger 3

 

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Designing for Macramé is very much a matter of personal taste.
Some people find long strands and many tassels more attractive than
tightly knotted, intricate, and repeating patterns.  When you’re
designing your own Macramé projects there are only two basic
criteria that you need to pay attention to: (1) that the materials
and the design are compatible, and (2) that the work is uniform and
even in knotting.

Macrame is an artistic art that is unlimited in its combination of
materials, patterns, and beads.  The only limit is your own
imagination!  The designs that you create will be a reflection on
your originality and creativity.  You may enjoy creating Macramé
projects that have a unique texture using only a few knots.  Or you
may want to combine a variety of intricate knots with beads to
create a project that is beautiful and interesting.

When you’re designing your own Macrame projects you’ll need to make
sure that you take the time to lay your pattern down on paper
before you begin.  You’ll need to work out your knotting design
quite accurately and in considerable detail.  It’s important to
work the pattern on paper if you want to know how units of certain
cords can be used with units of other cords.  Buy graph paper to
help you plan your Macrame project accurately and to scale.

You can easily modify projects by making them longer or shorter, by
changing the types of knots that are used, and by adding beading to
the finished piece.  Beads are easy to add to any Macrame project
once you know how!  All you need to do is find the appropriate
places in the pattern to add the beads, choose the beads that you
want to complement the pattern, and make sure that the beads are
securely integrated into the project.

Happy knotting!

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In the Square Knot Sinnet only the outer strands of cording are worked.  There can be none, one, two, or more anchor strands.

1.      Make a Half Knot, with the left strand passing in front of the anchor strands.

2.    Bring the right strand behind the anchor strands so that the anchor strands are enclosed in a loop.

3.    Make another half knot with the right strand passing in front.

4.    Pull tightly.

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