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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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

How to Macrame a Purse

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Materials & Supplies Needed To Make Macrame Purse

  • 110 yds of 6mm BRAIDED macrame cord (or 5mm braided)
  • 20 one inch wooden beads (10 beads front, 10 beads back)
  • knotting board or ceiling tile
  • T-pins
  • tape measure, ruler or yardstick
  • scissors
  • craft glue

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Step-by-Step Directions (Knot Illustrations are at the end)

STEP 1.  Cut the following cords.

  • 36 cords 2 yds 6″ long for purse body
  • 4 cords 3 yds long for purse straps
  • 4 cords 5 yds long for purse straps

STEP 2/MAKING THE STRAPS.  

You will make the two straps first. Pin the centers of two of the 3 yd cords side by side on knotting board. Pin the centers of two of the 5 yd cords on each side of the 3 yd cords. Cords should be lined up in this order. 5 yd cord, 3 yd cord, 3 yd cord and 5 yd cord. The 3 yard cords are filler cords and the 5 yard cords are the tying cords.  Position on the knotting board with 4 ends going up over top of board and the other 4 hanging down the board.  Refer to illustration.

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Working with these 4 cords, tie a Sinnet of 10 Square Knots (SK).  A sinnet is a strip of the same knots tied one after the other with the same tying cords.  Refer to illustration. Leave on knotting board.

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Continue adding to this SK sinnet by adding a Sinnet of 15 Half Knots (HK). Half Knots will start to twist after about the 3rd Half Knot. That is ok, it is supposed to do this.

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Turn strap around and working in the other direction, continue where you “started”.  (Note: Tie one HALF KNOT before tying a SK. This completes the knot first tied. ) Now you are ready to start tying knots in this direction.

Repeat making the same 10 knot SK sinnet and 15 knot HK sinnet as you did for the top half of these 4 cords.  This completes the 1st Strap. Now repeat the process for the 2nd strap. This is how the two completed straps should look. Set straps aside.

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STEP 3/CREATING THE FRONT PORTION OF PURSE.

Using the 2 yard 6″ cords, fold 2 cords in half and pin the centers side by side on knotting board. With these 4 cords, tie a Square Knot (SK) bringing knot all the way up to T-pin so no loops will be above knots. Set aside. Repeat this process 17 more times. You will have 18 Square Knot Sections. (Throughout this tutorial, these 18 will be referred to as “Square Knot Sections.”)

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Pin 6 of the Square Knot Sections created in the above step to the knotting board side by side. Tie them together with Alternating Square Knots (ASK), starting with the 3rd cord on the left. You will tie 5 SK’s in this row. Leave knotting on the board.

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STEP 4/ATTACHING STRAP TO FRONT OF PURSE.

Take one strap and curve it in an upward arc. Pin one end to the left side of the front portion of purse (which is on the knotting board) and the other end of the strap to the right side of the front portion of purse. Tie one Square Knot with cords 3-6 on left and 19-22 on the right. Leave knotting on board. (Numbering of the cords will change as sections are added so when numbering is mentioned in the instructions, just renumber mentally.)

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STEP 5/CREATING THE SIDES.

Pin 3 Square Knot Sections on board and tie them together with a row of 2 Alternating Square Knots.

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Do the same with 3 more Square Knot Sections. When knotting is completed pin one of these sections on the left of purse strap THAT IS ON THE KNOTTING BOARD and pin the other section on the right side. (Photo is only showing how to add this newly created section to the right side of the strap. Do the same on the left side.) Tie these sections together with one Square Knot, using 2 free cords from Square Knot Section and 2 from strap. Take off board and set aside.

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OK, let’s do a review of what you have completed thus far. The two straps are completed and one strap has been attached to the front section and the two side sections. This is how your purse should look at this stage.

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STEP 6/CREATING THE BACK & ATTACHING 2ND STRAP.

Just as you did for the front… Pin 6 Square Knot Sections to knotting board side by side. Tie them together with one row of Alternating Square Knots, starting with the 3rd cord on the left. You will tie 5 SK’s in this row. Leave knotting on the board. Refer to knotting illustrations in Step 3 if you need help.

Take the 2nd strap and curve it in an upward arc. Pin one end to the left side of the back portion of purse (which is on the knotting board) and the other end of the strap to the right side of the back portion of purse. Note: Make sure this strap measures the same as the 1st strap. If necessary, “push” up on the sinnet to even it out.

Tie one Square Knot with cords 3-6 on left and 19-22 on the right. Leave knotting on board.

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STEP 7/JOINING SIDES TO BACK.

Join the back to the side sections with one Square Knot using the 2 free cords from the side and 2 cords from the back portion.

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Do the same on the other side.

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You now have a one complete row of Square Knots going all around the entire purse.

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STEP 8.

You will be tying rows of knots in a circular format, a tube. Tie 6 rows of Alternating Square Knots (ASK) in the following order:

  • Row 3: Tie row of Square Knots (SK)
  • Row 4: Tie row of Alternating Square Knots (ASK)
  • Row 5: Tie row of SK’s
  • Row 6: Tie row of ASK’s
  • Row 7: Tie row of SK’s
  • Row 8: Tie row of ASK’s

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STEP 9/ADD 1ST ROW OF BEADS.

Now you will begin adding beads to the front side of the purse. Number the cords from 1-44 beginning with one half of the side knot. Tie a Square Knot (SK) with cords 5-8, 13-16, 21-24, 29-32, 37-40. Under each of these SK’s put a bead on the 2 filler cords, the center cords of the 4 cords. Tie another SK under each bead, using the same 4 cords as for the knot above the bead.

Tie a sinnet of 8 Half Knots with cords 9-12, 17-20, 25-28, 33-36.  Repeat these steps of adding beads and tying half knot sinnets to the back side of the purse.

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STEP 10/FILL IN SIDES WITH KNOTS. 

To fill in the sides of the purse opposite where beads were added, tie 4 rows of Alternating Square Knots. First row will have one knot, 2nd row will have 2 knots, 3rd row will have 1 knot and 4th row will have 2 knots. Line these knots up with the bead row. (Note: Don’t get ahead. Stop with those last 2 knots.)

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STEP 11. There is one row of knots in between the 2 rows of beads. Tie one row of ASK all around the entire purse.

STEP 12/ADD 2ND ROW OF BEADS. Repeat Steps 9 and 10 to add the 2nd row of beads and fill in the knots on the side. Front and back.

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STEP 13. Now tie 5 rows of Alternating Square Knots all around entire purse.

STEP 14/CLOSING THE BOTTOM.

To close up the bottom of the purse, first, turn purse wrong side out. Go around the last row of knots and make sure the knots are really tight.

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With the purse flat on the surface, locate the sides. You will see ONE SQUARE KNOT on each side that separates the front and the back of the purse.  This is where you start tying up the bottom. Ok, ready? Put purse between your knees with the bottom up.

Starting with the farthest (on the side) 6 cords, tie 2 Square Knots, using 4 filler cords and one cord from the left side of the purse and one cord from the right side of the purse.

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Continuing closing up the bottom using the next 2 cords from EACH SIDE of the purse and tying ONE Square Knot very tightly.  

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Continue this process across the bottom of the purse until you reach the other side. There should be 6 cords left. With these 6 cords, tie 2 Square Knots using 4 filler cords and one cord from the left side of the purse and one cord from the right side of the purse. The same as you did for the 6 cords on the opposite side of the purse.


STEP 15/CUT BOTTOM CORDS.

This completes the knot tying. Apply craft glue to each knot. Allow to dry.  Cut bottom cords leaving about 1/2″. Melt cut cords with a cigarette lighter or match to keep cords from fraying. Hold fire to the cord ends for just a split second so you won’t burn the cords. Now you are ready to turn purse right side out. Prepare the lining and insert it, if you desire.

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Congratulations!! Your purse is complete and ready to carry. Enjoy!!

Here are pictures of my completed purse.

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Purse measurements: 10 3/4″ length, 1 1/2″ width and 9″ height without straps (14 1/2″ height with straps)


Macrame Cord Suppliers

http://www.kingskountry.com

http://www.macramecords.com

http://www.munrocrafts.com/


Knot Illustrations

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How to Macrame a Belt

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Want to learn how to macrame? Then you came to the right place!!

I will show you how to macrame a belt in just a few hours using the following basic macrame knots.

Square Knot (SK)
Alternating Square Knot (ASK)
Reverse Lark’s Head (RLH)
Half Hitch (HH)
Double Half Hitch (DHH)

OK… now go and gather up the supplies and tools you will need to make your macrame belt. I have mine ready.

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Supplies & Tools needed to make Macrame Belt

  • 50 yards 3 1/2mm BRAIDED Macrame cord
  • One belt buckle, 2 1/4″ minimum opening to insert cords
  • Knotting board or ceiling tile
  • T-Pins
  • Tape measure, ruler or yardstick
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue

Macrame Cord: I am using 3 1/2mm BRAIDED macrame cord since that is what I prefer when making belts. You can use any cord millimeter you wish allowing for cord  “doubled” to fit on both buckle ends.

Belt Buckle: Buckle doesn’t have to be exactly like mine but the opening for the cord should be at least 2 1/4″ length if using 3 1/2mm cord. That is the size opening needed to double half hitch all cords to the buckle when finished knotting.


STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Cut six 7 yard cords (Yardage depends on how long you want belt to be. I used 7 yard cords since I wanted belt to be long. I’m a big girl. :D )


Step 2:

Find the center of one of the 7 yard cords and Reverse Lark’s Head (RLH) it onto one side of the belt buckle. Follow the illustration in the picture.

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Pull Reverse Lark’s Head (RLH) tight against belt buckle.

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Step 3:

Number the cords 1-12 left to right. (Up to this point, I know you only have one cord mounted. That one cord will now be Cord #’s 1 & 2. Label the rest once they are mounted to the belt buckle.)

Step 4:

Tie a Half Hitch (HH) knot with Cord #2. Bring this cord up, over and through the buckle opening.

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Bring cord down and pull tight against the Reverse Lark’s Head.

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Tie a Half Hitch (HH) with Cord #1. Bring up, over and through the buckle opening. Pull down and tighten.

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Congratulations!!

You have now completed your first Reverse Lark’s Head and Half Hitched both sides of it.

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Push knot to the left side of your belt buckle. Continue mounting all cords the same as you did this one.


This is how your belt should look after all cords have been added to one end of your belt buckle using Reverse Lark’s Head knots combined with Half Hitch knots.

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And this is how the backside should look. The “bumps” were created by the half hitches. Make sure to turn belt over to the smooth side before continuing.

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Step 5/Row 1:

Now you are ready to begin tying a row of Square Knots (SK) using all 12 cords.

Left Side Row 1: Tie one Square Knot with cords 1- 4. Push knot up close to the top and tighten. Look at the illustrations for help.

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Center Row 1: Tie one Square Knot in the center with cords 5 through 8. Push knot up close to the top and tighten. Make sure knot is lined up with the knot on the left.

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Right Side Row 1: Tie one Square Knot on the right side with cords 9-12. Push knot up close to the top and tighten. Make sure knot is lined up with the other knots in this row.

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This completes Row 1.  Pat yourself on the back. You have just mastered the Square Knot. The Square Knot is THE main knot for most macrame projects.


Step 6/Row 2:

You will now tie a row of Alternating Square Knots (ASK) with cords 3-10.  This row consists of just two square knots. One SK tied with cords 3 through 6 and one SK tied with cords 7 through 10. (This row is called an Alternating Square Knot row because you are tying knots with different cords than the previous row.)

Push knots up close to the first row of knots. Tighten and make sure these two knots are aligned next to each other straight. Look at illustrations in the pictures for help.

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Step 7/Row 3:

Tie a row of Square Knots using all 12 cords. You will tie these knots the same as you did in Row 1 but with one exception. Don’t push up too close to the knot above. You will drop down slightly (about 1/4″) when tying the knots on the left and right so a little peephole is formed along the edges. This creates an open airy design along the belt edges. Use a ruler until you can judge by sight how much to drop down. Look at the pictures to gauge the distance I used.

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Step 8:

Continue tying rows of Alternating Square Knots (ASK) and Square Knots (SK) in the following order until you either reach your desired belt length or you run out of cord. :D

  • Row 4. Row of ASK’s
  • Row 5. Row of SK’s
  • Row 6. Row of ASK’s
  • Row 7. Row of SK’s
  • And so forth….
  • Last row should be a row of three SK’s.

Leave at least 8-10 inches of cord after tying your last row of knots. You will need about this much cord to “comfortably” double half hitch cords onto the other side of your belt buckle.


Step 9:

Once you are finished tying knots, you are ready to Double Half Hitch (DHH) all 12 cords to the other end of your belt buckle. I apologize but my photo for this step turned out fuzzy and I was way past this step to retake it. So I double half hitched a few cords onto a metal ring so you would have a picture illustration.

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This may be a struggle to get all cords on the buckle end but slide the cords down as far left as you can to free up some space along the buckle opening. After double half hitching all cords to the buckle end, pull each cord as tight as you can to create a smooth appearance. (See why I told you what type opening to use.)


Step 10:

Yippee!! You are almost finished. The end is in sight and a new belt will soon be hanging around your waist!! How does your belt look? This is how mine looks after double half hitching the 12 cords to the other side of the belt buckle.

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This is the backside showing where the cords will need to be trimmed.

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Make sure you are satisfied with the belt length and are indeed finished knotting. Once cords are trimmed there is no turning back. BEFORE TRIMMING CORDS….. Lightly apply craft glue to the underside of the knots on the backside of the knotting. Straighten cords. Press flat with your hands. Set aside and allow to dry.


Step 11:

Ready to trim cords. Leaving about 1/2″ from the top, cut all 12 cords. Look at picture illustration. Melt the CUT cord edges with a cigarette lighter or match to keep cords from fraying. Don’t hold fire very long to the cord, just a split second. Don’t want to ruin or burn your beautiful creation.

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Here are pictures of my finished belt. Including the belt buckle, my belt measures 40″ and has 119 rows. It took me 3 hours to complete.

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Hope you are happy with your new belt. Feel free to send me photos of your finished belt. Send to don_mae2@yahoo.com. Enjoy!!


Here is your Certificate of Completion. :D

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My related articles:

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

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/18/how-to-macrame-a-purse/

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/how-to-macrame-a-basket/

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/02/macrame-sewing-baskets/

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/05/01/may-is-macrame-month/


Macrame Cord Suppliers

http://www.kingskountry.com

http://www.macramecords.com

http://www.munrocrafts.com/


Need more help tying knots? Go here. Click to enlarge the chart.

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

How to Macrame a Basket

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This basket is cute and quick to make. It is the perfect project for those with some knotting experience and also for those with no knowledge of macrame and who are new to the craft.

Depending on the size ring you use, basket can be smaller or larger than those shown in the above photos. Basket can be used to hold whatever you wish. I have inserted a ceramic kitten in mine.

You only need to know a few basic macrame knots to make this basket.


Reverse Lark’s Head (RLH)
Used to attach the macrame cord onto the ring.

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Half Hitch (HH)
Used with the Reverse Lark’s Head to fill in empty spaces around the top ring so metal is not showing. Pull tight next to the RLH.

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Half Knot (HK)
Used to make the Half Knot Sinnet.

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Half Knot Twist Sinnet (HK Twist)
Multiple Half Knots. Used to create the beginning knots under the top ring. After tying the 3rd HK, you will notice the cord will start to twist. It is ok, it is supposed to do that.

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Square Knot (SK)
This is the most basic macrame knot. Used throughout the basket. Tied with two filler cords and two working (tying) cords.

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Alternating Square Knots (ASK)
This is two or more square knots tied in a row with one or more tied in the next row. Cords from the adjoined knot are used to make the new knot in the new rows. Study the illustration to see direction of the cords.

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Wrap Knot
Used to end your project and secure the cords. Gather cords together all in one hand and tie a Wrap Knot.

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Here are the step-by-step detailed instructions.

MACRAME BASKET WITH CERAMIC KITTEN

Materials necessary:

  • 50 Yards 5MM or 6MM Macrame cord (Firm cord, not soft. Braided cord works best.)
  • One 6” round welded metal ring (treated, gold-tone preferred; not raw metal ring)
  • 1 Yard Accent Ribbon – 1“ wide. (Print or tiny design works best for contrast)
  • Optional: One 6″ Ceramic Sleeping Kitten
  • Optional: Flower stem. Use your favorite flowers as a floral accent to match or contrast with cord.

Tools necessary:

Knotting board (or plastic covered ceiling tile)
T-pins
Tape measure or yardstick

GENERAL NOTES

  1. In place of a knotting board you may use thick cardboard pieces taped together or ceiling tile wrapped in plastic works well.
  2. To attach macramé cord to the knotting board, use T-pins or common household sewing pins. If sewing pins are used, use the “hat-pin” type pins with little ball on tip to protect your fingers as you work. (I use T-pins)
  3. When tying knots in a circle, you may wish to hang your project, such as from a door frame hook or “S” hook, so you can ensure knots are evenly tied all around the basket.

MACRAME TERMS*

WORKING CORDS – Cords that are being used to tie knots.

FILLER CORDS – Cords around which knots are being tied. These are sometimes called holding cords.

SINNET – A strip of the same type knot, each one below the other, tied with the same working cords.

ROW – A line of knots, side by side, tied with different working cords.

* Please refer to the illustration to see how each knot is tied. Also refer to photos. Click to enlarge.


STEP-BY-STEP DIRECTIONS

Step 1. Take 6” ring and bend slightly to form an oval shape.

Step 2. Cut 32 cords 1 ½ yards long and 1 cord 1 yard long.

Step 3. Find the center of each cord and individually Reverse Lark’s Head (RLH) each cord onto the 6” ring. DO NOT RLH THE 1 YARD CORD. (Set the 1 yd cord aside. It will be used to tie the wrap knot at the end.)

OK, before we begin tying knots, let’s do an inspection. All cords except the 1 yard wrap cord should now be mounted to the 6″ ring. The ring should be filled with no metal showing. If metal is showing, do a Half Hitch (HH) with one of the tying cords within each grouping. Once ring is covered, continue with the instructions in the next step.

Step 4. Select any four cords anywhere along the ring. Using the two outside cords as working cords and the two middle cords as holding cords tie a Sinnet of 5 Half Knots (HK Sinnet). They will start to twist after tying the 3rd HK. That is ok, they are supposed to do that. Proceed to the next 4 cords. And the next 4 cords. Repeat tying groups of Half Knot Sinnets all way around the ring until all cords (in groups of 4) are knotted. Count cords as you proceed around the ring so no cords are dropped or hidden. Also take notice of your tension. Are you a tight knotter or a loose knotter? Whichever you are, be consistent and tie all knots the same so rows will line up.

You are now completely around the ring and ready to tie your first row of Square Knots (SK’s).

Step 5. Tie ONE row of Square Knots (SK’s) going all the way around the basket. Study the illustration so you know exactly which cords to use. You will not use the same four cords previously used to make the Half Knot Sinnets. Move to the right by two cords so you will be using 2 cords from one Half Knot Sinnet and 2 cords from the one next to it. Otherwise you will just be adding more knots to the sinnets. Hope this makes sense to you. It is important that you are tying with the right cords. (Might be a good time to take a break about now. :D )

Step 6. Tie another row of SK’s but this time alternate this row by tying Alternating Square Knots (ASK’s). Look closely at the ASK illustration.

Step 7. Tie 3 more rows of ASK’s. Once finished you will have completed all knots in the basket.

Note: Your basket should now look like this.
1st row. One row of 5 Half Knots creating a twisting Sinnet.
2nd row. One row of Square Knots.
3rd row. One row of Alternating Square Knots.
4th row. One row of Alternating Square Knots.
5th row. One row of Alternating Square Knots.
6th row. One row of Alternating Square Knots.

Step 8. Take all cords and push through top ring (turn inside out). Grasp all cords and following the wrap knot illustration tie a Wrap Knot tightly around all cords using the 1 yard cord.

Step 9. Turn right side out. DO NOT CUT ANY CORDS BECAUSE THEY WILL FORM A PILLOW OR BLANKET FOR KITTEN TO SLEEP ON. Arrange cords neatly in basket. Go around entire basket making sure cord ends are not sticking through basket openings. Or arrange to your liking by pulling out some cord “playfully” for kitten.

Step 10. Weave ribbon in between the open spaces created by the Half Knot Sinnet at the top of basket. Go “in and out” all around the basket and tie a cute bow or finish off ribbon to your liking.

Step 11. Insert kitten inside basket with full face showing or partially covered. This is your choice. Add pillow or toys if desired. (Optional)

Step 12. Tuck in floral stem where best to complement your finished project. (Optional)


VARIATIONS

Add a ring to the bottom of the basket for a different look. As you can see from the photo below, the pink basket also has a ring at the bottom. One ring or two rings, that is your choice. If a bottom ring will be used, you will need to Half Hitch all cords to the bottom ring before tying the Wrap Knot.

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Finished basket can sit high or low. Pull up on the top ring if you want basket to appear taller or gently push down if want it shorter.

Use any ceramic “laying or sleeping” animal no longer than 6” length and 4” width, to guarantee will fit in completed macramé basket without having to reshape metal ring. Try fitting ceramic figure inside metal ring before beginning project to make sure will fit inside ring.

Paint your ceramic animal different colors. Ceramic kitten in the gray basket was spray painted gray to match the color of the macrame cord.

Try knotting a row of 2 or 3 Square Knots (SK) in Step 4 instead of 5 Half Knots (HK) where mentioned. Will give a different look. Like the pink basket. Knots will be straight in a vertical line instead of twisted.

Also, as I did in the gray basket, you can completely change up the knotting design. The gray basket has a half knot sinnet, a row of SK’s and then another half knot sinnet. Change it up. Create your own design remembering to allow an “opening” at the top to insert accent ribbon.

Ribbon selection: The theme of the ribbon can give you even more ideas on what to use the basket for. For example: If ribbon has fruit on it. Put fruit in the basket. Fresh or imitation.

The ideas for using these baskets are endless and only limited by your imagination. ENJOY!!


If you are unable to find macrame supplies in your area, go here. They have a nice selection of macrame cord, rings, beads, etc.

http://www.kingskountry.com

http://www.macramecords.com

How to Tie a Macrame Square Knot


STEP 1
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STEP 2
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STEP 3
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COMPLETED SQUARE KNOT
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Macrame Terms

Working Cords: All cords used in the design or section of the design–both those doing the actual tying and those around which the knots are tied.

Tying Cords: Cords with which the knots are tied. Sometimes called knotting cords.

Filler Cords: Cords around which the knots are tied.

Row: A line of knots side by side, each tied with different working cords.

Sinnet: A strip of knots, each below the other, tied with the same tying cords.


Example of a Square Knot I tied:
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