Library of macramé knots

Mollie Makes library of macrame knots

This blog post is sponsored by United Knots

As you may already know, we love macramé. Its boho vibes are so on trend and we’ve got tons of macramé projects in the Mollie mags, on the blog and stashed away in our archives. But to get started on all these projects, you need to know the basic techniques for knot success.

That’s why we’ve got together with Robyn Gough, vlogger and owner of United Knots, to bring you this guide full of knots and decorative techniques for making macramé wall art, plant hangers and more. Bookmark or Pin this page for future reference or you can download and print it here. Happy making!

This tutorial was created using United Knots 3.5mm single ply macramé cord in Stop It I’m Blushing. You can buy yours here.

Lark’s head knot

Lark’s head knots are the best way to start any macramé project. They can be front facing or reverse – here’s how to do both.

Front facing lark’s head knots leave a line of cord resting against your dowel once tied.

Larks Head macrame knots

Lark’s head macramé knot – Steps 2 and 3

  1. Measure and cut a length of cord for your project.
  2. Join both ends together, folding the cord in half.
  3. Working from the front, take the folded loop over the top of the dowel, then down behind it, leaving the loop facing downwards.
Reveresed lark head macrame knots

Lark’s head macramé knot – Step 4

4. Pull the two cut ends of the cord up and through the loop, then tighten to secure the knot.

Reverse lark’s head knot

A reverse lark’s head knot is created using the same technique as a lark’s head knot, only working towards you instead of away. It leaves no visible “line” against your dowel.

  1. Measure and cut a length of cord for your project.
  2. Join both ends together, folding the cord in half.
  3. Working from the back, take the folded loop over the top of the dowel, then down in front of it, leaving the loop facing downwards.
  4. Pull the two cut ends of the cord up and through the loop, then tighten to secure the knot.

Wrap knot

A wrap knot is used for securing groups of cords at the beginning or end of a macramé piece.

Wrap macramé knots step 1 and 2

Wrap knot – Steps 2 and 3

  1. Measure and cut a long length of cord.
  2. Gather the cords you wish to fasten in a group in your left hand. Using the length of cord, create a downward-facing loop, leaving a short tail and the remaining length of the cord at the top right.
  3. Pinch the top of the loop and the tail with your left thumb and index finger. Take the length of cord behind the group and to the left, bring it back around the front to create one wrap, then continue wrapping it around.
Wrap macrame knots step 3 and 4

Wrap knot – Steps 4 and 5

4. When wrapping, ensure the loop is left visible at the bottom. Once you’ve wrapped the group securely, thread the remaining length of cord through the bottom of the loop.
5. To secure the wrap knot, carefully pull the short tail end at the top of the wraps. This will shorten the loop and catch the length, pulling it upwards and into the wrapped cords.

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Wrap knot – Step 6

6. Cut the remaining tail and length at the top and bottom of the wrap to neaten.

Half hitch knot

Half hitch knots are used to add decoration to a macramé piece.

half hitch macrame knot step 1 and 2

Half hitch knot – Steps 1 and 2

  1. Choose the pair of cords you wish to tie a half hitch knot to.
  2. Take the ends of the cord pair to the right of your static cords and pull them under and to the left, creating a loop or D shape.
half hitch macrame knot step 3 and 4

Half hitch knot – Steps 3 and 4

3. Take the ends of the D cords, cross them over at the resting point where the cords meet, then thread them under the loop of the D.
4. Pull gently to secure in the desired position.

Double half hitch knot

Also known as a hitch knot, this is a variation of the half hitch where the process is repeated twice. This is often used to create diagonal and horizontal lines in macramé pieces or to add new colours.

double half hitch macrame knots step 1 and 2

Double half hitch knot – Steps 1 and 2

  1. Choose a static cord to tie the double half hitch around. Hold the static cord at the desired angle of the line you wish the knots to form when finished.
  2. Use the cord on the right to tie a half hitch knot around the static cord twice.
Double half hitch macrame knot step 3 and 4

Double half hitch knot – Step 3

3. Pull the wrapped cord to tighten the knots, then move them to the desired position while holding the static cord at the desired angle.

4. Repeat Steps 1-3 using the next static cord.

Double half hitch knot step 5

Double half hitch knot – Step 5

5. To complete a diagonal line of double half hitches, repeat Steps 1-4.

Horizontal double half hitch knots

Horizontal double half hitch knots are great for introducing new colours to a piece, or for creating the appearance of a row of horizontal knots in a straight line. These are often used in macramé wall hangings.

horizontal double half hitch macrame knot - step 1 and 2

Horizontal double half hitch knot – Steps 1 and 2

  1. Measure and cut a length of coloured cord.
  2. Take a pair of static cords, then use the coloured cord to tie two half hitch knots around them.
Horizontal half hitch macrame knots - step 3 and 4

Horizontal half hitch knot – Steps 3 and 4

3. Unlike the diagonal double half hitch knot, for horizontal double half hitches, you must choose the next set of vertical static cords to tie the follow-on knots to each time.
4. Snip the ends of the remaining cords.

How to tie a square knot

Square knots are simple, versatile and strong. When creating a square knot it’s important to do it in two parts, tying the first half of the knot working to the left, and the second half of the knot working to the right.

How to tie a square knot – Part 1

how to tie a macrame knot part 1

How to tie a square knot Part 1 – Steps 1 and 2

  1. Choose the two pairs of cords you want to use to create the square knot. Take the end of the cord on the left over the two centre cords and under the right-hand cord to create a backwards D-shaped loop.
  2. Take the end of the right-hand cord and pass it through the backwards D shape, going under the two centre cords and over the left-hand cord.

How to tie a square knot – Part 2

How to tie a macramé square knot part 2 - step 3 and 4

How to tie a square knot Part 2 – Steps 3 and 4

  1. To finish the square knot, repeat Steps 1-2, this time mirroring your actions and working with the opposite side cords. So, as per Step 1, create a D shape with the right-hand cord, going over the centre cords and under the left-hand cord.
  2. Take the left-hand cord and pull it through the D shape, going under the centre cords and over the right cord. Pull the cords to tighten.

How to alternate square knots

Alternating the placement of square knots within sets of hanging cords can be a versatile and decorative technique. It’s often used for creating geometric shapes such as triangles and diamonds.

how to tie an alternate macrame square knot step 1 and 2

How to tie an alternate square knot – Step 1

  1. Work below the square knots to create a new row, positioning the first square knot in between the knots on the above row. To do this, tie the new square knot using the two right-hand cords of the square knot above and the two left-hand cords of the knot above and to the right of it.
how to tie an alternate square knot step 2

How to tie an alternate square knot – Step 2

2. To continue to tie square knots in an alternating pattern, you must always select a pair of left-hand or right-hand cords from one knot in the row above, and the opposite pair from the knot next to it.

Half square knot spiral

Half square knot spirals, sometimes known as helix knots, are easy to make, strong and decorative.

half square spiral macrame knot step 1 and 2

Half square spiral knot – Step 1

  1. Tie Part 1 of a square knot, choosing the two pairs of cords you want to use, then taking the left-hand cord over the two centre cords and under the right-hand cord to create a backwards D-shaped loop. Next, take the end of the right-hand cord and pass it through the backwards D shape, going under the two centre cords and over the left-hand cord.
half square macrame knot spiral step 2

Half square spiral knot – Step 2

  1. Unlike a square knot, to continue and create a spiral of knots you don’t need to mirror or swap the sides you’re working on. Instead, repeat Step 1 multiple times. The knots will naturally begin to spiral.

How to create fringing

Textured fringing adds a boho feel to any macramé project. The finish of your fringe depends on the cord you use.

How to make a macrame fringe finish step 1

How to create fringing – Step 1

  1. Trim the leftover lengths of hanging cords to your desired length.
How to Create a Fringe Finish step 2

How to create fringing – Step 2

2. Using a stiff brush, carefully brush the cords to separate them, starting at the ends and gradually working up.

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How to create fringing – Step 3

3. Finally, trim the ends in a straight line or into a point, depending on your desired finish.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning these basic macramé techniques and are now ready to go off and start knotting! Big thanks to Robyn from Macrame UK for creating this tutorial for us. If you want to learn more crafting skills, check out our library of stitches blog post which talks you through some of the top embroidery stitches to up your sewing game.

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This blog post is sponsored by United Knots

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