How to Macrame Knots

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Tying macrame knots is a step-by-step process. The two basic macrame knots are the half-knot and the square knot. Each knot creates a distinctive macrame effect. As you quickly grasp the art of macrame, you may find yourself experimenting with knots, combining them for unique patterns. With four cords and basic tying techniques, create macrame wall hangings, decorative way to hold hanging plants, rugs and much more.

Things You'll Need

  • Macrame cord
  • Clip

How to Macrame Knots

  • Begin with four cords hanging or lying side-by-side. Make the two outside cords at least one-half longer than the inner two cords. Make your macrame knots by tying the outer cords.

  • Make a square knot. If you want your macrame cords to hang straight, the square knot achieves that. A square knot is comprised of two half knots tied from opposite directions. Gently pull the outside right cord over the inner cords, bring it under the left outer cord. Pull the left outer cord under the inner cords, winding it through the right cord loop. Gently pull both outer cords to secure the half knot.
    To complete the square knot, reverse the previous actions. Pick up the cord that is now on the right side and bring it behind the inner cords. Place the cord over the cord on the left side. Pick up the cord on the left side, tying it into the loop and over the inner cords. Pull the left-side cord under the right side cord. Gently tighten both ends.

  • Tie a half knot to create a macrame spiral. Gently pull the outside right cord over the inner cords, bring it under the left outer cord. Pull the left outer cord under the inner cords, winding it through the right cord loop. Gently pull both outer cords to secure the half knot. Continue to form half knots from the same side for a spiral effect.

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