basic macrame knots

Basic Macramé Knots

If you’re new to macrame, you may be wondering about the different types of knots used in this craft. Macrame is all about creating beautiful designs by tying cords together in specific patterns and formations. There are several types of knots used in macrame, and each one has its own unique look and purpose. In this blog post, we’ll explore the basic types of knots used in macrame and how to create them.

Square knot
  1. Square knot: The square knot is one of the most basic knots used in macramé. It’s formed by tying four cords together, two at a time, in a repeating pattern. To create a square knot, follow these steps:
  • Take two cords and cross the left cord over the right cord.
  • Take the left cord and loop it over the right cord and back under, forming a loop.
  • Take the right cord and loop it under the left cord and up through the loop.
  • Pull both cords to tighten the knot.
  • Repeat these steps in reverse to create a mirror image of the knot.
half knot
  1. Half knot: The half knot is another basic knot used in macrame. It’s formed by tying two cords together, one at a time. To create a half knot, follow these steps:
  • Take one cord and bring it over the other cord.
  • Bring the same cord behind the other cord and up through the loop.
  • Pull both cords to tighten the knot.
  • Repeat these steps in reverse to create a mirror image of the knot.
lark's head knot
  1. Lark’s head knot: The lark’s head knot is used to attach cords to a rod or dowel in macrame. It’s formed by folding a cord in half and placing the loop over the rod or dowel. To create a lark’s head knot, follow these steps:
  • Fold a cord in half to create a loop.
  • Place the loop over the rod or dowel.
  • Take the two loose ends of the cord and bring them over the rod or dowel and through the loop.
  • Pull both ends of the cord to tighten the knot.
spiral knot
  1. Spiral knot: The spiral knot is a decorative knot that creates a spiral effect in macramé. It’s formed by tying two cords together in a series of half knots. To create a spiral knot, follow these steps:
  • Take two cords and tie a half knot.
  • Take the same two cords and tie another half knot, but this time bring the cord on the right over the cord on the left.
  • Repeat these steps, alternating the position of the cords with each half knot, until the spiral knot is the desired length.

These are just a few of the basic types of knots used in macramé. By mastering these knots, you can create a wide range of beautiful designs and patterns. Whether you’re making a plant hanger, wall hanging, or other macramé project, understanding these knots is essential to creating a stunning and unique piece of art.

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