Are you ready to dive into our super easy tutorial for making your own awesome macramé keychain?
I'm here to walk you through the process of crafting a stylish and useful accessory using the versatile double half hitch knot. What's really cool about this macramé keychain is that it only relies on two knots: the Double Half Hitch knot and the Lark's Head knot.
Don't sweat it if the Double Half Hitch knot seems a bit tricky at first – once you get the hang of it, you'll be breezing through. Actually, the keychain's charm is in its simplicity.
And guess what? You'll whip up this keychain in no time, probably even before you finish that playlist you've got going.
So, if you're up for a fun and quick project, this is totally the one to get your feet wet in the world of macramé.
What is Macrame?
Before we begin, let go over what macrame is and how it has evolved.
Macramé is a type of craft where you use knots to create patterns. It's been around for a very long time, even in ancient times, and people from different places have enjoyed doing it.
But that's not the end of the story. In the 1970s, macramé changed a bit and became really popular.
And guess what's happening now? It's coming back in modern design and decoration!
Artists today are doing new and exciting things with macramé. They're mixing old and new ways of doing it.
What's the big deal?
Well, it's leading to all kinds of cool stuff like fancy wall hangings, neat plant holders, and even stylish clothes and accessories.
Macramé is more than just one thing. It's an art that's getting popular again and catching everyone's attention.
DIY Macrame Keychain Double Half Hitch Knot Diamond Pattern
For those who are just starting to explore the world of macramé, my top recommendation to kick off your journey is to delve into keychain patterns.
Keychains offer a neat and concise canvas for crafting, requiring neither an excessive amount of time nor an abundance of cord.
This inherent efficiency makes them a fantastic choice for beginners, as the tangible progress you make becomes evident in a relatively short span.
Now, here's where the excitement kicks in – you have the wonderful opportunity to engage with texture and visual aesthetics to your heart's content.
Feel free to experiment with diverse knots, ranging from the timeless square knots and the versatile double half hitch knots to the intriguing spiral knots. If you're up for adding a character your macrame, consider incorporating beads or fringe to give your keychain a unique stylish look.
Whether your personal taste gravitates towards the sleek elegance of minimalism or you're fully embracing the free-spirited boho vibe, macramé keychain patterns empower you to infuse your distinctive style into your everyday ensemble.
Macrame Knots You Need to Know
Macrame knots are the foundation of the whole art. For this project, you will need to know the following knots:
The Half Hitch knot and Double Half Hitch knot are 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 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.Practice and repetition will help you become more confident in executing these knots, allowing you to explore more intricate patterns and designs.
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.
This guide will assist you in learning the knots and provide insights into creating unique knot sequences and pattern designs.
Benefits and Uses of Macrame Keychain
Macrame keychains offer several benefits and versatile use cases that make them a popular choice among crafters and users alike:
- Personalized and Stylish: Making your macrame keychain allows you to add a personal touch and express your creativity. You can choose your favorite colors, patterns, and embellishments, making it a unique accessory that reflects your personality and style.
- Handmade Gifts: Macrame keychains make thoughtful and heartfelt gifts for friends and loved ones. Handcrafting a keychain tailored to their preferences adds a personal touch, making it a cherished memento.
- Stress Relief and Relaxation: Engaging in Macrame can be a calming and meditative experience. The repetitive nature of knotting can help reduce stress and promote mindfulness, making it an enjoyable hobby for relaxation.
- Low-Cost Crafting: Macrame is a budget-friendly hobby that requires minimal tools and materials, making it accessible to a wide range of people who want to explore their creative side without breaking the bank.
- Beginner-Friendly Projects: Macrame keychains are relatively quick to make compared to larger macrame projects like wall hangings or plant hangers. They are an excellent way to practice macrame skills and complete gratifying projects in a shorter time frame.
DIY Keychain Wristlet Cord & Materials
You'll need a few essential materials and supplies when creating this macrame keychain wristlet pattern.
Choosing the cord
Choosing a cord that is soft, sturdy, and suitable for your desired keychain design is essential, ensuring durability and functionality.
I have used 3mm single strand cord in Silver fox from our Rainbow cord line for this pattern.
- Our Rainbow cord line is certified 100% chemical free and eco-friendly as the cords are made from recycled cotton.
- There is a variety of sizes, types, and color offerings to choose from.
- We love using the Rainbow cords because they are smooth, soft, and sturdy, making them easy to work with.
If you can't get your hands on our single-strand Rainbow cotton cord, try substituting it with our 3-ply Rainbow cotton cord, which will also work well for this pattern and offer a more textured aesthetic.
I also used 6 x Large Hole Beads (at least 5mm hole), and a lobster clasp or keyring. The beads are optional if you don't have any laying around. I like to add them into my project to give it more texture and unique look.
Other than a lobster clasp or keyring to permanently attach the cords onto, other supplies are not needed.
You will also need some essential tools:
Macrame Keychain Details
- Easy - Beginner
- Approximately 3” wide and 6” in length
Materials Needed (for 1 unit):
- 3mm or 4mm macarme cord
- 1x lobster clasp / key ring
- 6 x Large Hole Beads (at least 5mm hole)
Cord Lengths Needed:
- 1 x 90cm (35”)
- 4 x 100cm (39”)
This project should take approximately 30 minutes from start to finish. Depending on your skill level, the actual time can vary.
Important Macrame Terms for Beginners
Here are some helpful macrame terms you should know when following this pattern:
- Knots: Macrame involves various types of knots, such as the square knot, double half hitch knot, and the Lark's head knot. Understanding these basic knot patterns creates the foundation of macrame. Refer to the "Macrame Knots You Will Need To Know" section for the knots used in this pattern.
- 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.
- 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.
- Working cord: This is the piece of cord that is actively used to create knots and patterns, manipulated and moved throughout the project to form the desired design.
Macrame Keychain Double Half Hitch Knot Diamond Pattern Step-by-Step Instructions
- Fold the 90 cm cord in half and make a Lark's Head knot onto the keyring with the loop end of the cord.
- Thread a bead through the 2 cord ends. Tape the cord ends together to make this easier.
- Remove the tape for the cord ends.
- Attach 2 strands of 100 cm cords onto the left vertical cord and 2 strands onto the right vertical cord with the Reverse Lark's Head Plus Half Hitch knot.
- Start with a Reverse Lark’s Head knot.
- Make a Half Hitch knot to the right.
- Make a Half Hitch knot to the left.
- Shift the knot to the top of the cord.
- Repeat on the right.
- Repeat once more on each side.
- Starting with the middle 2 cords, make a diagonal row of 4 Double Half Hitch ("DHH") Knots to the left.
- With the middle-right cord as the anchor cord, make 3 diagonal DHH knots to the right.
- Make one more row of DHH knots underneath on both sides.
- Thread a bead through the far-right cord.
- Use the same cord as a working cord for a DHH knot onto the cord underneath.
- Repeat on the left side.
- Thread another bead through the middle 2 cords.
- Close off the inner Diamond with the left-anchor cord for 2 DHH knots to the right.
- On the right-side, make 3 DHH knots to the left.
- Close off the outer Diamond with a diagonal row of DHH knots on both sides.
- Take the far-right cord and thread a bead through.
- Use it as an anchor cord for a Diagonal row of DHH knots to the left.
- Repeat on the left-side.
- Trim the fringe to your desired length and shape.
And there you have a gorgeously unique diamond keychain to mark your keys. Did you enjoy creating this design? Share with us on Instagram
Wrapping Up How to DIY Macrame Double Half Hitch Knot Diamond Pattern Keychain
You've reached the finish line of this DIY macramé keychain guide. By diligently following the step-by-step instructions and letting your creative instincts flow, you've triumphantly produced a captivating and functional macramé keychain.
Throughout this endeavor, you've had the privilege of witnessing the artistic depth and adaptability that macramé offers, all while indulging your crafty inclinations.
As you fasten your handcrafted keychain to your house keys, take a moment to bask in the accomplishment and savor the vintage allure it imparts to your environment. And of course, don't forget to snap a picture and share it on Instagram by tagging us @bochinot.
Keep in mind, the realm of macramé holds a myriad of opportunities just waiting for your exploration. So, continue honing your knotting skills and prepare to embark on a journey of endless creative possibilities.
Wishing you happy knotting ahead!
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