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More Intricate Macrame Knots

More Intricate Macrame Knots

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Here are some more exciting macrame knots you can try.

Learn basic instructions with our how to macrame guide.

Sailors knot: (this is a good knot to attach two cords or add more cordage to an existing project). You will be using two separate cords. Lay one cord down so that it makes an upside down "U". bring the left side over the right to produce a loop. Next, take the second cord and run it over the middle of the loop from the first cord. Continue bringing the second cord under the end of the first cord that is on the bottom and over the first cord that is on the top. 3. Continue using the second cord to go into the loop; go under the first cord, over the second (it's own), and back under the first, so you've created a secure sailors knot. adjust so the loops are equal and pull tight.

Basket stitch: Use four strands for this knotting sequence. Secure the four strands (or two double over strands) properly. The two outer strands are called the worker cords and the two inner ones are the filler cords. 1. Using the right worker cord (the strand furthest to the right) go over and under the two fillers. Bring it back over itself and through the right side of the loop that has been formed. Tighten but not too strongly. 2. Do the same thing with the left worker cord (strand furthest to the left). Go over and under the filler strands, back over the left worker and through the left side of the loop that's been formed. 3. Switch off from left to right to create a long row of basket stitch knots.

Lanyard knots aka crown knots: Lanyard knots are beautiful and sturdy at the same time. Enjoy these variations of this theme.

Decorative single knot- This sounds complicated, but play around with it once or twice and you're sure to get it. Use two separate strands for this knot (not one strand doubled over). Lay one cord on top of the other, forming an "X", and secure the center to your work surface. We now have four strands to label: upper left, lower left, upper right, lower right. 2. First take the lower left strand, and bring it over the lower right so that it is lying horizontally across the lower right (forming a "C"). 3. Bring the lower right cord over up and over the original lower left and the upper right cords. It will now be lying vertically, end tip facing away from you. 4. Using the upper right cord, go over the original lower right cord (used in step 3). It should now be laying horizontally across both the original lower right cord and the upper left cord. 5. You know have what looks like a backwards "S" made by one strand and a "U" made from the other. Finally, take the upper left cord and bring it down towards you, over the first two cords making up the "S" and under the third. Tighten slowly from each side. Using different colors helps to keep track of things. This knot can be made using multiple strands as well. Simply follow the above steps using however many strands you like. Use multiples of four to make the pattern work, and keep cords straight to create a neat knot.

Making a chain of these knots consecutively will create a pretty spiral effect. To keep the chain flat, simply reverse the direction each time you make a new knot.

Clusters knot- The most complex variation of this knot is done by using four individual strand to create a quadruple knot. (Note: this is not the same is using multiple strands to create one knot. This is using four strands- or 8 really- to create multiple knots at once) Basically, set up the four strands in a star-like formation. Make an "X" with two of them. Then add a third one horizontally across, and a fourth one vertically. It is helpful to number each cord mentally. You'll be starting with the lower right cord as number one and moving in a counter clockwise manner. Bring the #1 strand over the number two strand to make a small loop. Next take the #2 strand, and place it over #1 and #3. For each consecutive strand, bring it over the cord before and after it (for example #3 goes over #2 and #4, the #4 goes over #3 and #5 etc.) #8 should be run through the original loop made by #1. Pull each cord tightly, in sequence, to create the circuit of knots.

Double buttonhole stitch: (called buttonhole stitch because it was used in items that required a hole, usually for a button, like a vest or a pouch. The knot is so pretty, though, you can use a string of them as jewelry, or use it to make attractive accessories.

Use two cords doubled over or four individual cords for this knot. Mount your cords, make a square knot, and proceed to make a series of vertical larkshead knots on the filler cord. Use the right filler cord for the right worker cord and the left filler cord for the left worker. Make about five or six knots. Make another square knot directly below these two chains to form a buttonhole.

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