The Square Knot

A macrame square knot is one of the fundamental knots used in macrame. It is a decorative knot formed by combining two half knots in opposite directions.

The square knot creates a symmetrical pattern and is commonly used to create a variety of macrame projects, including wall hangings, plant hangers, bracelets, and more.

How to Tie a Square Knot Step-by-Step 

  1. You will need four cord-ends to make the Square knot. The outer left and right cords are the working cords, whereas the inner cords are the anchor cords.

  2. Bring the left working cord over the two anchor cords and under the right working cord.

  3. Take the right working cord and pass it under the two anchor cords and up through the loop created by the left working cord. Note: at this point, a Half knot is formed.

  4. Pull both working cords to tighten the first half of the square knot. Repeat the process in the opposite direction: Bring the right working cord over the two anchor cords and under the left working cord.

  5. Take the left working cord and pass it under the two anchor cords and up through the loop created by the right working cord.

  6. Pull both working cords to tighten the second half of the square knot.

Once you've completed these steps, you'll have tied a macrame square knot. To create a pattern, continue tying square knots in rows to create an alternating Square knot pattern.


The macrame square knot is versatile and can be used to create flat or diagonal patterns depending on how you arrange the cords.

It is an essential knot in macrame because it allows you to create textured designs and build upon more complex patterns. The square knot is a great starting point for beginners, and by combining it with other knots, you can craft a wide range of beautiful macrame projects.

Macrame Square Knot Video Tutorial Looking to advance your macrame knotting skills? 

I have compiled a series of knots into my free ebook, "50 Macrame Knots & Sennit Guide," that goes over step by step with pictures on how to make 50 popular macrame knots and sennits.

Bochiknot macrame knot ebook


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

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