Getting to know your knots

Most people think macrame is really hard to learn because there are so many different knots. Quite the opposite! There are only a handful of basic knots to know, and the rest is all down to how you combine them to create patterns.

The beauty of this art is that the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a piece.

So to help you get started, here are the most common knots of macrame.

1. Lark's Head Knot

The Lark's Head knot is what we use to attach our cords to the dowel or branch.

2. Square Knot

Square knots are brilliant for making patterns in your work. A square knot is made up of a left facing half and a right facing half.

Below are some of the variations.

The Spiral is created by tying a number of half square knots, all facing the same way, always starting on the same side. In this example, tying left facing half squares, always starting on the left side.

The Alternating Square knots tend to make up the majority of a bigger piece, and they also great for creating triangles like in this video.

3. Double Half Hitch Knots

Double Half Hitch knots can be horizontal, diagonal or any any angle you like . The direction and angle of the half hitches are determined by the 'anchor' or 'filler' cord.

These knots are great for outlining patterns or dividing your work into sections.

These are diagonal double hitch knots going left to right.

Diagonal Double Half Hitches going from right to left.

4. Gathering Knot

The Gathering knot is mostly known for its use in plant hangers.


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