How to Create a Half Moon Macrame Mandala With 4 Simple Knots
Mandalas are one of my favorite things to create in macramé.
They’re symmetrical and super versatile. You can use them as a simple wall hanging, add a mirror in the center, or add beads to create a statement piece.
However you choose to make them, they’re gorgeous when hung up on the wall.
Half mandalas are half of a full mandala, and they’re just as beautiful. In this design, I’ve incorporated the three basic knots of macramé, and a decorative berry knot.
These knots are in nearly all macramé designs you’ll find, so this is a great tutorial to get you started on macramé, or grow your skills if you’re new to the artform.
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For this tutorial, I’ve used cord from our Rainbow line. These cords ecofriendly, since they’re made from recycled cord waste.
They’re also super soft and sturdy, making them perfect to macramé with.
This project should take about 60 minutes, depending on your skill level.
Cord & Supplies
To create this pattern, you will need:
All the cord you need is available in our shop. I used 3mm single-strand cotton cord in Steel Blue from our Rainbow Range.
Cord Lengths Needed
- 10 x 170cm (67”)
- 1 x 150cm (59”)
- 2 x 120cm (47”)
- 12 x 50cm (20”)
- 2 x 70cm (28”)
If you feel that your 4mm cord is super thick, add about 10cm to each of the cord lengths.
Creating The Half Mandala Pattern
Step 1: Pin or tape down your dowel. Attach 10 x 170 cm cords onto the center of the dowel using Lark’s Head knots.
Fold the cords on half. Place the loop end behind the dowel, then weave the other ends through the loop.
Step 2: Make a V-shaped / Upside Down Square Knot pattern.
Make a row of 5 Square knots: With the far left four cords, create a Square knot. Use the outer two cords as working cords.
Continue with four consecutive cords to the right to finish off this row of Square knots.
Make a row of 4 Alternating Square knots underneath. For each knot, use two cords from the left Square knot and Right Square knot from the previous row.
Create 3 more rows of Alternating Square knots underneath, making one less knot with each row.
This concludes the V-shaped Square knot pattern.
Step 3: Make a diagonal row of 6 x Double Half Hitch (DHH) knots on the left side. Use the far left cord as an anchor cord.
Step 4: Taking the fourth cord down from the top left as the anchor cord, make another 6 DHH knots to the right.
Step 5: Repeat the same pattern (Steps 3 & 4) on the right, mirroring what was done on the left.
Step 6: Take a strand of 150 cm cord and attach it loosely on the left-hand side of the dowel using a Lark’s head knot. Measure the left cord end at 58cm (23”) and tighten the knot so that this is all the cord remaining on the left side.
Step 7: Use the right cord end as the anchor cord for a row of DHH knots diagonally to the right, all the way to the end of the pattern.
Step 8: Attach the cord on the right side using a Vertical Lark’s Head knot.
Loop the end over and around the dowel, then through the remainder of the cord.
Loop it through the back again, then through the loop formed by the cord.
The cord end on the far right should be about the same length as the one measured out on the far left.
Step 9: Take a 120cm long cord and attach it onto the empty loop on the right side with a Reverse Lark’s Head plus Half Hitch (RLHPHH) knot.
Repeat the Half Hitch knot on the left side.
Repeat this on the far left of the pattern.
Step 10: Section off the middle 10 cords and make 2 rows of V-shaped DHH knots. This starts the first of 4 flower petal patterns.
Use the far left cord as an anchor cord for a row of 4 DHH knots to the right.
Repeat this on the left, mirroring what was done on the right.
Repeat for another row of DHH knots underneath.
Step 11: Using the 8 far left cords, create 2 V-shaped DHH knot rows. There are 3 DHH per row.
Repeat this using the 8 far right cords.
Step 12: Make a Berry knot with the middle 4 cords at the bottom.
Use the outer left and right cords and working cords to create 3 consecutive Square knots.
Weave the middle 2 cords through the hole above the first Square knot.
Finish off with one last Square knot underneath.
Make another V-shaped DHH knot rows underneath. Use the adjacent left and right cords as anchor cords.
With the middle 2 cords underneath, make one last DHH knot to the left.
Repeat this for another V-shaped row of DHH knots.
Step 13: With the left section, make a Berry knot in the middle, then 2 V-shaped DHH knot rows directly underneath. There is one DDH per row.
Repeat the same with the right section.
Step 14: Make a Square knot in between the left 2 sections and the right 2 sections.
Step 15: Take 2 x 50cm cords and attach them on the bottom loop to the left of the Square knot using a Reverse Lark’s Head knot.
Attach 2 cords to the right of the Square knot.
Step 16: Repeat Step 15 on the left side.
Step 17: Attach a 70cm cord onto the right side of the dowel using a Lark’s Head knot.
Make a Square knot using the 2 cords to the left.
Step 18: Attach one 50cm cord to the left and one to the right of the Square knot from Step 17 using a Reverse Lark’s Head knot.
Repeat the same pattern on the left.
Step 19: With the middle section, skip the left 2 cords and make 2 Square knots.
Add 1 Alternating Square knot underneath.
Make 2 rows of V-shaped DHH knots. There are 4 DHH knots per side of each row.
Step 20: Repeat the same pattern on the middle-left section.
Step 21: With the far left section, make 2 Square knots, then 1 Alternating Square knot underneath.
Add 2 V-shaped DHH knot rows underneath. There are 3 DHH knots per side of each row.
Step 22: Trim and comb through the fringe.
For more tips on getting the perfect fringe, check out our 5-part #FringeTips series.
And there you have it! A gorgeous half mandala wall hanging to liven up your home. Which part of this pattern did you enjoy most? Let us know in the comments section :)
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