Technique: Four Basic Macramé Knots

Learn to master these four basic knots and you’ll be ready to dive into the creative world of macramé
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We love how versatile macramé is. Accessible to creatives of all levels, macramé offers a wide range of possibilities when it comes to refreshing your home on a budget. Learn to master these four basic knots and you’ll be ready to dive into the creative world of macramé. Follow the guide!

MATERIALS:

  • Cotton or jute yarn
  • Wooden stick
  • Scissors

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Larks head knot :

To make this knot, measure and cut about one metre of yarn. Fold the yarn over itself to form a loop. Pass the loop behind your wooden stick. Take both ends of the yarn and pass them through the loop. Tighten around the stick.

Spiral knot :

The spiral knot is very simple to make. Like in the first knot, measure and cut about one metre of yarn. Repeat to have two threads. Make a larks head knot with each of the threads and position the two knots next to each other on the stick. Grasp the left-end thread and pass it over the two middle threads, but under the right-end thread. Then grasp the right-end thread and pass it under the two middle threads to pull it out over the left-end thread. Tighten and repeat until completed, starting each knot with the left-end thread.

Square knot :

To start a square knot, repeat the spiral knot steps. Add a second spiral knot after the first, starting your knot this time with the right-end thread. Continue by alternating; one spiral knot with the left-end thread, one spiral knot with the right-end thread, and so on.

Half hitch knot :

Measure and cut about one metre of yarn. Make a larks head knot on the wooden stick. Take the left-end thread and pass it over the right-end thread to form a "four." Run the left-end thread under the right-end thread to bring it out inside the "four" you formed. Tighten and repeat until completed.

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TIPS:

  1. A tightly stretched rope thread can be used instead of a wooden stick
  2. For a more uniform macramé, be sure to tighten the knots evenly.