10 Easy Steps to Creating a Macrame Keychain Wristlet

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Bochiknot macrame keychain wristlet

Get set to embark on an exciting journey into imaginative crafting courtesy of our fantastic DIY macramé keychain wristlet.

This hands-on experience promises to infuse your everyday items with a touch of panache and offers a practical solution to keeping your essentials close at hand.

As you delve into the intricate yet incredibly cool world of macramé, you'll discover the joy of creating a personalized keychain wristlet that resonates with your unique style.

Designed with beginners in mind, this project imparts a sense of accomplishment and invites you to infuse it with your flair. Whether you're new to crafting or a seasoned enthusiast, this endeavor is a delightful canvas for self-expression.

So, gather your materials, set aside some time, and let your creativity flow as we DIY a macrame keychain wristlet that's as practical as it embodies your style.

What is a Macrame Keychain Wristlet?

A macramé keychain wristlet is a stylish and functional accessory crafted using the art of macramé, which involves knotting cords or threads to create intricate patterns.

This particular accessory is designed to hold keys and can be worn around the wrist like a bracelet, offering both convenience and aesthetic appeal.

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The Benefits of DIY Macrame Keychain Wristlet

Macramé keychain wristlets offer personalization with colors and designs that match your style. They're practical, granting easy key access while preventing misplacement, which is especially useful on busy days.

These wristlets free up your hands while securing your keys, making multitasking effortless. Crafting them allows creative exploration of knotting techniques and patterns, doubling as unique gifts highlighting your creativity.

Use Cases:

  1. Everyday Convenience: Easily access your keys without rummaging through bags or pockets, making tasks like opening doors or starting your car hassle-free.

  2. Outdoor Activities: Wear the wristlet during outdoor adventures, hikes, or workouts to ensure your keys are secure while you're on the move.

  3. Events and Gatherings: Ideal for occasions where you want to keep your essentials handy but don't want to carry a bag, such as concerts, festivals, or parties.

  4. Travel: Attach your essential keys to the wristlet and wear it around your wrist when traveling for quick access and added security.

  5. Minimalist Lifestyle: If you prefer a more minimalistic approach to carrying your belongings, a macramé keychain wristlet is a chic alternative to traditional keychains.

  6. Fashion Statement: Elevate your outfit with a stylish accessory that not only holds your keys but also adds a touch of bohemian charm to your look.

Overall, a macramé keychain wristlet combines fashion, practicality, and the joy of crafting, making it a versatile and appealing accessory for various situations.

Knots You Will Need to Know to DIY Macrame Keychain Wristlet

Becoming acquainted with macramé knots is a fundamental step toward mastering the art. To complete this project, you'll need to know the following knots:

  • Lark's Head Knot
  • Double Half Hitch Knot
  • Gathering Knot

The above knots are basic knots widely used in many macrame projects.

By learning popular knots like the lark's head knot, the double half hitch knot, and the gathering knot, you'll have a solid foundation for creating a wide range of macrame projects, including this heart wave knot pattern wristlet keychain.

The Lark's Head Knot is a fundamental mounting knot for various projects. As a mounting knot, it provides a reliable and secure attachment point for your macrame design to a dowel, ring, or other supporting structure. This knot lets you easily hang cords onto your macrame creation, providing a stable foundation for further knotting and design elements.

The Double Half Hitch Knot is fundamental and highly versatile in macrame. It is the building block for many intricate knot patterns, making it an essential technique for creating beautiful macrame designs.

The Gathering Knot is a wrapping knot, a finishing knot that gathers all cords together. Usually, you will see the gathering knot at the bottom of a macrame pattern.

If you need help making the knot mentioned above, click on the name above to practice and familiarize yourself with the knots before starting this pattern.

Practice and repetition will help you become more confident in executing these knots, allowing you to explore more intricate patterns and designs.

A valuable resource to have by your side while learning macrame is a knot guide.

I have compiled a FREE EBOOK guide, "50 Macrame Knots & Sennit Guide," that goes over step by step with pictures on how to make 50 different knots and sennits.

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This guide will assist you in learning the knots and provide insights into creating unique knot sequences and pattern designs.


Important Macrame Terms for Beginners

Here are some helpful macrame terms you should know when following this pattern:

  1. Knots: Macrame involves various knots, such as the square knot, half hitch, Lark's head knot, and spiral knot. Understanding these basic knot patterns creates the foundation of macrame.
  2. Cords: Cords are the primary material used in macrame. They are made of different materials like cotton, jute, nylon, or synthetic fibers. Macrame cords come in various thicknesses and colors.
  3. Fringe: Fringe refers to the loose ends of cords that hang down, adding a decorative element to beginner projects. The fringe can be left as is or trimmed to a desired length. To learn more about fringing and techniques for perfect fringe, check out my blog post: The Ultimate Guide to Perfect Fringe
  4. Anchor cord: This refers to the fixed cord or structure to which other cords are attached or knotted, providing stability and support to the design.
  5. Working cord: This cord is actively used to create knots and patterns, manipulated and moved throughout the project to form the desired design.

DIY Macrame Keychain Wristlet Details:

Remember, this pattern is sized based on my hand. Keep in mind that adjustments might be needed for different hand sizes.

Start with a few knots less or more and take your time with these tweaks to achieve both aesthetics and fit.

When creating this macrame coaster pattern, you'll need a few essential materials and supplies. This pattern requires a 3mm macrame cord and swivel keyring.

Choosing Macrame Cord

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To choose the right cord for your DIY macrame wristlet keychain project, consider a soft and pliable material like cotton for a comfortable feel.

A thickness of around 3mm strikes a balance between structure and manageability. Pick a color that complements your design, and consider sustainability with recycled cotton options.

If you're new to macrame, stick to readily available cords that fit your budget. Experiment with different textures and brands to find what suits your style.

Ultimately, choose a cord that aligns with your project's purpose, whether decorative or functional and resonates with your personal preferences. However, the cords we used best suit the craft for the following reasons.

For this pattern, I will use a 3mm single-strand cotton cord from our Rainbow cord line in Coral Rose color.

  • Our Rainbow cotton cord line is certified 100% chemical free and eco-friendly, as the cords are made from recycled cotton materials.
  • Various sizes, types, and beautiful color offerings
  • We love the cords because they are smooth, soft, and sturdy, making them easy to work with

Essential tools

You will also need some essential tools:

Macrame Keychain Wristlet Pattern Details

Macrame Cord:

Cord Lengths Needed:

  • 2 x 450cm (177”)

Other Supplies:

Skill Level:

  • Beginner

Completion Time:

  • 30mins

** Note: The cord lengths suggested here are based on the pattern using 3mm cotton cord. Should you use a different size cord or cord from another brand, actual cord lengths may differ slightly and, therefore, will be adjusted accordingly. 

DIY Macrame Keychain Wristlet Heart Wave Pattern Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: 

  • Fold both 450 cm strands of cord in half and attach them one by one onto the bottom of the keyring using Lark's Head knots.


Step 2: 

  • Secure the keyring to your workstation using tape.
  • Skip an inch to an inch and a half downwards and make a row of diagonal Double Half Hitch knots ("DHH") to the right with the far-left cord as anchor cord.

Step 3: 

  • Take the second cord from the right as an anchor cord for 2 DHH knots to the left.
  • Then make one DHH knot to the right.

Step 4: 

  • Make one DHH knot to the left and then 2 DHH knots to the right.

Step 5: 

  • Attach all vertical cords one by one onto the far-right anchor cord using DHH knots. 

Step 6: 

  • Make a Heart pattern to the right side.

Step 7: 

  • Make 11 more alternating Heart patterns. 

Step 8: 

  • Fold the bottom of the pattern and then cut off a strand of cord at the bottom at approximately 60 cm long.

Step 9: 

  • Use the 60 cm cord to make a Gathering knot holding the fold together at the top.

Step 10: 

  • Cut off all excess cords to neaten the design.


Wrapping Up How to DIY Macrame Keychain Wristlet Heart Wave Pattern

Whether you aced that intricate heart wave vine pattern or learned how to make different knots in this beginner-friendly macrame project, I hope that these little gems and helpful tips I provided serve you well.

Crafting is all about the journey as much as the result.

Each knot you've tied and technique you've tackled doesn't just expand your creative skills but also deepens your crafty know-how.

So, when you're admiring your fabulous macramé keychain wristlet, remember it's not just a funky accessory—it's a solid reminder of your artistic growth.

Here's to hoping this project serves as a stepping stone on your creative journey, leading you to more fun and satisfying crafting escapades.

Keep playing around, trying new things, and keep at it—your creative juices are limitless until next time, my lovely knotty knotters!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply this pattern into other macrame projects?

Now that you've made this unique heart-wave pattern, you're probably wondering how can I use this pattern and incorporate it into other macrame projects?

Below are tutorials on how I used this pattern. You can definitely apply this pattern to all other types of macrame project. Get creative with it!


Where can I find more knot patterns for my macrame projects?

You can find many macramé knot patterns and tutorials on our websites, Etsy, and inside our macrame community.

For free tutorials, follow us on our social platforms like Pinterest, Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook.

I offer many knot patterns to inspire and enhance your macramé projects.

What is the best type of cord for Macrame?

When it comes to Macrame, the type of cord you choose can have a significant impact on your project. Luckily, there are plenty of options for all kinds of projects.

Cotton rope and cord are most commonly used in medium-sized decorative projects because of their ease of use.

These types of cords come in varying thicknesses and colors, so you can find something that fits your project perfectly.

A smaller size cord is ideal for smaller projects like macrame keychains and macrame bracelets. Anything under a 3mm size cord is suitable. More extensive projects—such as wall hangings, plant hangers, and backdrops — are often best suited for thicker ropes to keep everything sturdy and secure. I would recommend a cord size between 4-6mm.

How to Get Started for Macrame Beginners

I have an excellent post to help anyone looking to start with Macrame. In the post, I go over the following:

  • Knowing the different types of cord used for beautiful Macrame
  • how to measure cord - the precise and best way to avoid cordage waste
  • 5 essential MUST-KNOW macrame knots
  • Tips, tricks, and knot-tying techniques
  • Setting up the ideal workstation

To learn more about Macrame and how to get started, read our post: Learn How to Macrame: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners. 

Are you looking for more fun and simple DIY macrame keychain patterns?

Looking to expand the macrame skills you've learned?

We got you covered with more macrame DIY projects you can make in the comfort of your own home.

I have numerous diverse DIY macrame patterns that you can explore, ranging from distinctive wall hangings for home decor to timeless plant hangers suitable for all skill levels.

Browse my collection of DIY macrame patterns on Etsy.

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