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.
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.
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.
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.
Practice, practice, practice.