Another Way To Extend Cord On Your Macrame Project

If you run out of macrame cord in the middle of your project, here’s another way to extend the cord.

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And check out my blog post from last year. More ways.

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2009/09/24/how-to-extend-add-on-macrame-cord-ends/

How are you extending the cord when you run out? Let us all know. Thanks!!

Tuesday’s Tutorial: Stocking Stuffer For The Bookworm

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Today’s tutorial is a Macrame Bookmark perfect for a student or someone who loves to read or write. It has a Winter theme with snowflakes and Snowmen and would make a great Christmas stocking stuffer.


Supplies/Tools Needed to Make Bookmark

  • 6 yards of 2mm braided macrame cord
  • 4 medium sized buttons with 2 holes
  • 2 silver snowflakes
  • scissors
  • ruler/tape measure/yardstick
  • large hole metal tapestry needle

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Directions to Make Macrame Bookmark

Step 1.

Cut 1 cord 1 1/2 yards long. (Filler cord)
Cut 1 cord 4 1/2 yards long. (Tying cord)

Step 2 – Adding Buttons and Snowflake.

Find the center of the 1 1/2 yard cord.

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String one end of cord through the 1st button, silver snowflake and 2nd button. Center so cord ends measure evenly. (See photo)

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Pull cords tight so buttons fit tight against silver snowflake like a sandwich.

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Step 3 – Adding Tying Cord.

Find center of 4 1/2 yard cord and position it UNDER the filler cords. Tie one Square Knot (SK) with the tying cords, the longer cords. Slide knot up close to the buttons.

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Step 4 – Tying the top Square Knot Button.

Drop down 1/4″ and tie a Square Knot Button consisting of 7 square knots. In a row. This is called a Sinnet. SK Button will hold a pen or pencil.

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Take filler cords (the middle cords) and go up and through the holes created. Front to back. Pull down to form a Square Knot Button.

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Tie one SK under the SK Button to secure it.

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Step 5 – Tying Square Knot Sinnet.

Tie 12″ of square knots. In a row. One after the other.

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Step 6 – Tying the Bottom Square Knot Button.

Drop down 1/4″ and tie a Square Knot Button consisting of 7 square knots. Same as you did in Step 4.

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Tie TWO square knots under the SK Button.

That completes the knot tying and now you will bury all cords except ONE FILLER CORD. That cord will be used to string the last buttons and silver snowflake. Using the large hole metal needle, bury one cord at a time, from the back, going up through the knotwork. (See photo)

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Step 7 – Adding Bottom Buttons and Snowflake.

String cord through buttons and silver snowflake per the photo. Pull cords tight so buttons fit tight against the silver snowflake like a sandwich.

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Step 8.

To finish off cord end: Tie around base of the cord or hand sew together. Trim cord end.

All done. Finished and ready to enjoy for yourself or to give as a gift.

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Bookmark measures 14″.

Variations: Make longer or shorter by adjusting cord lengths. Use whatever buttons or decorations preferred. Omit bottom square knot button if wish.

How To Extend (Add On) Macrame Cord Ends

At some point, you will run into this problem. You are happily macraming along and your cord ends BEFORE your project ends.

You are faced with….

WHAT TO DO!!!

Scrap the project, cut new cords and start over. Not your first choice, I am sure. Many hours invested down the drain.

Well, you don’t have to scrap projects any longer due to a mistake in measuring and cutting the cord. I will show you how to add on, extend the cords so you can continue tying knots right where you left off.

There are several ways to do this.

  1. extend by sewing cord ends together using thread
  2. extend by sewing cord ends together using your project cord
  3. fusing cord ends together

I usually prefer method #1 best BUT when there is a chance the patched spot can’t be buried successfully, I use method #2.  I have never tried fusing cords since I don’t own a fusing tool. I would probably try it, if I had one.

OK, now let me show you the two ways I use.


Supplies Needed:

  • regular sewing needle for method #1
  • sewing or embroidery needle with slightly wider opening for method #2
  • sewing thread to match your project for method #1
  • 10″ length of cord to match your project for method #2

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Directions to Extend (Add On) Macrame Cords Ends

Step 1.

Stop tying knots about 3-4 inches from the cord ends. If not already done so, melt tips to keep cord ends from fraying and also to anchor thread.

Step 2.

Cut the additional cord lengths required to complete your project. Melt tips.

Step 3a – Method #1 – Using Regular Sewing Thread.

Pin cord ends tip to tip on macrame board. Using regular thread, begin sewing from one side to the other. Keep going back and forth several times. Should be strong enough to withstand a good yank. Make sure to keep the cords STRAIGHT.

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Step 3b – Method #2 – Using Macrame Cord Strands.

Do same as for Step 3a, except you will use a strand of macrame cord from your project instead of regular thread. (See photo)

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Here’s how the two look. Method #1 on the right and Method #2 on the left.

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And here is how they look once I continue tying knots. Can’t spot the patched areas, can you?

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With practice, you will be able to hide (bury) the sewn sections just as well as I can. Experiment to see which method works best for you.


Added 7-14-10.  Another way to add on cords. Go here.

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/another-way-to-extend-cord-on-your-macrame-project/

Lots of KNOT Help

Check these sites out for help with tying Macrame Knots.


Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwZXv_9uS6E&feature=related

Illustrations, How-To, Tutorials

http://thingsyourgrandmotherknew.blogspot.com/2009/01/basic-macrame-knots.html

http://www.angelfire.com/ca7/sierratses/knots.html

http://www.elainecraft.com/instructions/instruc.sq.html

http://www.knotgypsydesigns.com/2008/04/macrame-instructions-patterns-and.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Macrame

http://www.ehow.com/how_8925_begin-macrame.html

Animated

http://www.animatedknots.com/indexdecorative.php?LogoImage=LogoGrog.jpg&Website=www.animatedknots.com

How To Macrame a Lid Cover

After making a pretty macrame container, you may wish to cover it with a matching lid. I will show you how to make a simple one. It is fast to make and only has 11 rows of Square Knots.

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Supplies/Tools Needed:

  • 12 yards macrame cord (I used 6mm braided)
  • One 5″ welded metal ring (preferably treated metal not raw)
  • Tape measure/ruler/yardstick
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • T-pins
  • Macrame board or covered ceiling tile
  • Accessories such as buttons or beads, as desired

STEPS TO MAKE 5″ ROUND MACRAME LID

Step 1. Measure and cut 6 cords 46″ long. Cut 2 cords 50″ long. The longer cords will be on the sides.

Step 2. Take one of the 50″ cords, measure down 28″ and attach to board with the LONGER side of the cord on the left. Find the center of the six shorter cords and attach with T-pins to macrame board. Take the 2nd 50″ cord, measure down 28″ and attach to board with the LONGER side of the cord on the right.

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You should have pinned to the macrame board 8 cords in the following order: 50″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 46″, 50″

Step 3. Mount cords to the TOP of 5″ ring using Reverse Lark’s Head knots (RLH) and one Half Hitch (HH). Per cord.

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When all cords have been mounted to the ring, they should look like this.
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Back
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Step 4. Number cords from 1-16.

Step 5. Begin tying a row of Square Knots (SK).
Row 1: 4 SK’s with cords 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16
Row 2: 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14

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Step 6: Wrap cord #1 around the ring on the LEFT side of the ring with a DOUBLE HALF HITCH. (Photo is showing once. Do this twice.) Repeat for cord #16, on the RIGHT side of the ring, when you get to it, but BEFORE you tie that knot.

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Row 3: 4 SK’s with cords 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16
Row 4: 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14

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Step 7.
Rows 5-9: Continue repeating Step 6 until you reach Row 9 which has 4 SK’s. (Picture is showing up to Row 7)

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Step 8. Almost done. Two more rows to tie.
Row 10: Tie 3 SK’s with cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14
Row 11: Tie 2 SK’s with cords 5-8 and 9-12

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Step 9. Take all cords and push behind the ring. You will now begin to Double Half Hitch (DHH) all cords to the bottom of the ring.

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This is how the back looks after all cords have been double half hitched to bottom of the ring.

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Here is front view.

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Step 10. Pull cords tight against the ring. Apply craft glue to the DHH’d cords. Allow to dry overnight. Cut cords close to the ring. Burn cords ends with matches or cigarette lighter to melt cords end to keep from fraying. Don’t burn. Touch cord lightly.

Congratulations!! You have just created a macrame lid.

Finishing Touches. You can add a backing if desired as I have done using felt. Cut a circle to fit almost to the end of the lid. Hand sew to attach. If you are adding beads or buttons, do so before sewing on the felt backing.

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Different Size Lids. You can make a lid in any size. Adjust amount of cord needed to accommodate ring size. And remember to allow a bit longer for the side tying cords.

Enjoy!!


If you need help making knots, go here.

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/macrame-knots/

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/06/how-to-tie-a-macrame-square-knot/

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/14/how-to-macrame-a-belt/


Here are a few of my macrame projects I made lids for.
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Need Some Help Tying Macrame Knots?

These illustrations will provide assistance with basic macrame knot tying.

Lark’s Head (LH) and Reverse Lark’s Head (RLH): Fold each length of cord in half. Fold the loop down over the cords toward you.

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Square Knot (SK):  To tie a square knot, you will need preferably four (4) cords, though three will work. But normally you will tie a SK with 4 cords, two knotting and two filler.

For this knot, the two outside cords are called the knotting cords or tying cords. The two center cords are called filler cords. Sometimes called holding cords.

A Square Knot (SK) is tied in two steps.

Step 1: Following the illustration, take the outside right hand cord and place it under the two center cords, and over the left knotting cord. Hold in place. Take the outside left-hand knotting cord and place it under the right-hand knotting cord. Holding the right-hand knotting cord in place, bring the left-hand knotting cord up over the two center cords and through the space between the right-hand center cord and the right-hand knotting cord. Take hold of the two outside cords and pull snugly into place.

Step 2: The second step is just the reverse of the first step. Take the right-hand knotting cord, place it over the two center cords and under the left knotting cord. Hold in place. Take the left-hand knotting cord and place it over the right-hand knotting cord, under and behind the center cords, and up through the space between the right-hand center cord and the right-hand knotting cord. Taking hold of the two outside knotting cords, pull snugly into place to form your Square Knot.

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Half Knot (HK): Step 1 of the square knot or Step 2 of the square knot by itself is called a half knot. When one of these steps of sequences is repeated several times, the knot begins to twist.

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Square Knot Sinnet and Half Knot Sinnet: A sinnet is a chain that is formed when knots are tied repeatedly along a filler cord.  A sinnet of square knots makes a flat solid braid. A sinnet of half knots creates a spiraling effect.

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Practice, practice, practice.

How To Tie A Macrame Square Knot Button

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Isn’t this macrame purse really pretty.* Though the pattern is decades old, it still works today. Maybe with a different handle. Just wanted to show you what a row of Square Knot Buttons looks like.

Follow along with my tutorial and you can make your own Square Knot Buttons.


How To Tie A Macrame Square Knot Button

Step 1: Find the centers of 2 cords and reverse larks head onto a ring.

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Step 2: Tie Square Knots (I have tied 6) to begin your SK Button. Drop down about 1/4 inch to create an opening for filler cords (the 2 middle cords) to go through.

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Step 3: Continue tying square knots. (I tied 6)

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Step 4: Take the 2 filler cords (the 2 middle cords) and push through the opening created in Step 2. One cord per hole. Front to back.

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Pull middle cords down firmly, tight against the back. A circle of square knots is formed.

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Here’s the front view.
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Step 5: Tie one square knot with the outer tying cords UNDER the circle of knots to hold button in place.

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Congratulations!! You have just created a Square Knot Button.

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The number of square knots needed to create a button is optional. Use whatever you wish to create the size button you want. I usually use 5 or 6.

If you are creating your own pattern or design, throw in a few of these for variety. Also SK buttons are a quick way to use up longer lengths of cord if for some reason you measured incorrectly and cut cords too long.


Here are photos of a plant hanger with SK Buttons.

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* Picture of Womanly Treasure and Girlish Pleasure found in Macra-Mates, Mother-Daughter Purses. #7411 Plaid Enterprises 1980.

New Macrame Purse Tutorial

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Just finished this BROWN MACRAME PURSE and thought I would share the design with you. It is my own creation. One of those ideas floating around in my head for years. A “what if” I did this or “what if” I did that.

I wanted to try out a different way of attaching the rings (handles) instead of the usual way.

This tutorial doesn’t go into great detail on making the knots. If you need that, then go to one of my other macrame tutorials. See sidebar under Tutorials.


Materials used:

  • 100 yards of 3 1/2mm brown braided macrame cord
  • 2 – 5″ brown Marbella plastic round rings

Supplies needed:

  • macrame board or covered ceiling tile (which is what I use)
  • T-pins
  • craft glue
  • scissors
  • tape measure or ruler

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Cut 56 cords 1 3/4 yards long and two 1 yard cords. (Put aside one yard cords for later.)

Step 2: Find centers of the 1 3/4 yd cords and pin to macrame board side-by-side with T-pins.

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Step 3: CREATING SQUARE KNOT SECTIONS. Tie a Square Knot (SK) with each pair of 2 cords to create 28 square knot sections. (14 for front and 14 for back)

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Remove each from the board after tying and tighten, removing any loops formed at the tops. Set aside. Continue tying until you have 28 SK sections.

Step 4: TYING ALTERNATING SQUARE KNOTS. Line up all 28 square knot sections on board side-by-side.

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Begin tying knots. Alternating square knots (ASK). Take 2 cords from one square knot section and 2 cords from the next square knot section. Tie one SK. Continue along this row. When finished drop down and continue doing the same for the next row. (You will have untied cords on the sides. Not to worry, those will be filled in when sides are joined.)

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Step 5: FORMING A CIRCLE. After you have tied a few rows, remove knotted section from the board and form a circle. You will begin tying in the round. Join the two sides by tying one SK with 2 cords from the left and 2 cords from the right. (See photo)

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Step 6: Continue tying SK’s. Fill in any missing SK’s in each row.

Step 7: Now continue tying alternating SK’s in the round until you have reached about 9″ in height. (For me, that was 24 rows) Or continue tying until you reach your desired height, remembering to allow enough cord to tie up the bottom. Make sure the knots in the last row are tied really tight.

Step 8: ATTACHING PURSE HANDLES. OK, purse is almost done. Knots are tied and you are ready to add the handles.

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Position the rings (handles) on top of SK sections #5 and #10. Make note of which holes you will be weaving in and out of to attach the handles by looking at which holes the ring overlaid. Take one of the 1 yard cords and start attaching one ring. Starting on the top left. The first hole. Go in the hole, around the ring and out the SAME hole. Go on to the next hole and the next, following the ring. Repeat for the other side. Secure the cord on the inside either by knotting the ends or tying the 2 cord ends together.

Step 9: Turn purse inside out. Press flat with tops of the front square knot sections matching up with the back tops. You should have 14 on front side and 14 on back side. Line up the sides and tie an overhand knot ON THE ENDS in the 2 cords on each side. To mark them. Doing so will help you align sides correctly when tying up the bottom.

Step 10: TYING UP PURSE BOTTOM. Put purse between your knees, bottom up. With the 2 side cords OUT OF THE WAY, get the cords in position to begin tying knots. Make sure cords are all dangling on the sides. Be careful not to “drop” any that may be buried on the inside. Start tying a SK with 2 cords from the left side of the purse and 2 cords from the right side of the purse. Continue tying SK’s. Always 2 from the left, 2 from the right. When you reach the end, there should be 2 leftover cords. The 2 side cords you tied overhand knots from Step 9. Finish them off with a tight knot at the top.

Step 11: This step is a BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY step. Turn purse with the OUTSIDE out. Inspect the bottom. Are the sides aligned correctly and not lopsided?

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Is the purse straight and able to stand up?

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If the purse is not lopsided, you are good to go!! Turn purse back inside out. Sorry. (Remember, better safe than sorry.)

Step 12: FINISHING UP. You are almost finished!! Since you are happy with the bottom, you can now tighten up the bottom knots. Apply craft glue to both sides of each SK that tied up the bottom. Allow to dry.

Step 13: Cut cord ends leaving about 1/2″ to 3/4″. Melt cord tips (ends) slightly to prevent fraying. Using matches or a cigarette lighter, touch cord a nanosecond, making sure not to burn or scorch cord.

Step 14: Turn outside out and pat yourself on the back. Enjoy your new creation!!

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Measurements: 8 1/4″ H, 11″ L, 1″ W

How to Tie a Macrame Crown Knot

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Crown Knot Steps

Figure #1:  Hold all cords upside down. Divide cords into 4 equal groups. Put one group behind thumb. This is group 1. Number other groups 2, 3 and 4, counter clockwise.

Figure #2:  Pick up group 1 and lay over group 2. Drop group 1 as you pick up group 2.

Figure #3:  Lay group 2 over group 3. Drop group 2 and pick up group 3.

Figure #4:  Lay group 3 over group 4. Drop group 3 and pick up group 4. Take group 4 over the top and put down directly through the hole where your thumb is. Remove your thumb and tighten each group separately.

Figure #5:  This is how one finished knot should look.


Here’s how my crown knot looks.

1st Crown Knot

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Multiple Crown Knots

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How to Macrame a Plant Hanger

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FINISHED LENGTH: approx 4 1/2 ft, from top of ring to bottom tail.  Will hold up to a 9″ diameter basket, container or bowl.

MATERIALS USED:

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  • 50 yards gray 6mm braided macrame cord
  • 1 –  2″ welded ring (treated, not raw metal)
  • 4 large hole gray marbella beads
  • 16 smaller gray marbella beads for tail cords

You can find these materials for wallet-friendly prices if you click here!


DIRECTIONS

Step 1: Cut 8 cords 6 yards each and 2 cords 1 yard each.

Step 2: Use a 1 yard cord to completely cover the 2″ welded ring with continuous Larkshead Knots (or half hitches).

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Step 3: Fold the 6 yard cords in half through the covered ring and use a 1 yard cord to tie a 1 1/2″ Wrap Knot over all cords, hiding the ends from Step 2. (I use a push tool to hide the cut cord ends after tying the wrap knot. See photo.)

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Step 4: Divide the cords into 4 groups of 4 cords each and tie 2″ of Crown Knots. Pull each cord tight and smooth. (Tip: Put your work between your knees.) Go here for additional instructions on how to make crown knots. http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/how-to-tie-a-crown-knot/

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Step 5: Using the same groups of 4 cords, complete the following with each group:

  • Tie 9″ of square knots.
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  • Tie 3″ of half knot twists.
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  • Add a large hole bead over ALL cords in each group of 4 cords. Tie 3″ of half knot twists, using the 2 longest cords as tie cords.
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  • Tie 5″ of square knots.

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Step 6: Drop down 4″ and connect all sinnets with a row of alternating square knots.

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Step 7: Drop down 3 1/2″ and tie 2 rows of alternating square knots. Use the 2 longest cords to tie 1 square knot over all cords. (Note: I ended mine with a wrap knot since I had extra cord. If you purchased just 50 yards, you won’t.)

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Step 8: Add one smaller bead to each cord end. Tie an overhand knot in each cord and trim all cords just below the overhand knot.

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Finish off: Burn cord ends slightly to keep cord from fraying. Hold fire to cord a nanosecond to melt cord, not scorch it.

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Enjoy!!


If you would like a longer macrame plant hanger with more detail, go here for the pattern. Thanks!!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/69800943/pattern-for-macrame-plant-hanger