Crafting with Heart: A 12 Step Guide to Creating a Macramé Heart Wave Pattern for Your Projects

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Today you're in for a treat!

If you're about getting creative with your macrame projects and designs, you're in for a treat.

Today, we're diving into the world of macramé patterns – you know, those intricate knots that come together to make something wonderful.

The heart wave vine pattern is one of my favorite macrame patterns, and in this blog post, I'm sharing how to make it step by step and how I've used it and incorporated it into Macrame.

This gorgeous, beginner-friendly pattern is perfect for making a lanyard, wristlet, or headband and is easily incorporated into other projects.

The heart wave pattern is simple because it only uses the double half-hitch knot.

Whether you're a macramé pro or just starting, this pattern is like a ticket to a crafting wonderland with endless possibilities!

Now on to the macrame heart wave pattern!

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What are Macrame Patterns, and How Are They Used in Macrame?

Macramé patterns are a set of instructions that guide crafters in creating specific designs and arrangements using knots and cords.

These patterns outline the sequence of knots, the placement of cords, and other techniques required to achieve a particular visual or structural outcome.

Macramé patterns can range from simple designs using basic knots to complex and intricate creations involving various combinations.

Macramé patterns can be used in a variety of ways:

  1. Home Decor: Macramé patterns are often used to create stunning decorative pieces for the home. Wall hangings, plant hangers, curtains, and room dividers exemplify how macramé can add texture and style to interior spaces.
  2. Fashion and Accessories: Macramé patterns are frequently used to craft fashion items and accessories like bags, belts, jewelry, and even clothing embellishments. The unique texture and design possibilities of macramé make these pieces stand out and add a touch of bohemian flair to personal style.
  3. Gifts: Handcrafted macramé pieces make for thoughtful and personalized gifts. Crafters can create items like keychains, bookmarks, or customized wall art that carry sentimental value by following specific patterns.
  4. Events and Celebrations: Macramé patterns can be adapted to create decorations for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, or baby showers. From macramé backdrops to table runners, these patterns add a unique and memorable touch to events. 
  5. Jewelry: Delicate and intricate macramé patterns are often used to create bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. The patterns can incorporate various knots and techniques to form beautiful and wearable pieces.
  6. Functional Items: Macramé patterns can also create functional items like hammocks, chair covers, and intricate lampshades.
  7. Artistic Expression: Some crafters use macramé patterns as a medium for artistic expression. These patterns can be customized and adapted to create unique, abstract art pieces.
  8. Teaching and Learning: Macramé patterns are valuable resources for beginners and experienced crafters to learn and practice new techniques. They provide step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and visual aids to help individuals create their desired designs.

Working with a macramé pattern, just like the one I'm about to break down, is like cooking up some macramé magic.

Think of it as following a recipe for macrame sweetness.

You get to blend different knots and patterns to create a look that's your style.

It's all about finding that perfect combo that speaks to your creative soul.

So, let's dive in and whip up some macramé goodness!

Macrame Knots You Need to Know

Getting familiar with basic macrame knots is essential for mastering the art of Macrame. For this project, you will need to know the following knots:

  • Double half-hitch knot

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

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.

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

Practice and repetition will greatly help improve your knotting skills and 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 square 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 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. Check out my blog post on the Ultimate Guide to Fringe to learn more.
  4. Anchor cord: 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 is the cord that is actively used to create knots and patterns, manipulated and moved throughout the project to form the desired design.

Macrame Cord & Materials Needed

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You'll need a few essential materials and supplies when creating this macrame heart wave vine knot pattern.

This pattern requires a 3mm macrame cord and a wooden dowel.

Choosing Macrame Cord

The most crucial material is the cord. Macrame cords can be made from various materials such as cotton, jute, or nylon, each offering a different texture and appearance. 

Choosing a cord that is soft, sturdy, and suitable for your desired coaster design is essential, ensuring durability and functionality.

We're using a 3mm single-strand cotton cord for this pattern.

  • Our Rainbow cord line is certified 100% chemical free and eco-friendly, made from recycled cotton materials.
  • The single-strand type of cord, in particular, comes in various colors.
  • We love it because it's smooth, soft, and sturdy, making it 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.

Macrame Heart Wave Vine Pattern for Beginners Details

Skill Level

  • Beginner

Completion Time

  • 30mins

Macrame cord

Cord Lengths Needed

  • 2 x 200cm

Other supplies

Other supplies besides a wooden dowel or a stick to mount the cords onto to make the pattern are optional.

Essential tools

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

Creating The Heart Wave Vine Pattern | Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: 

  • Attach both cords to the dowel using lark's head knots.

Step 2: 

  • Make three diagonal double half hitch (DHH) knots, using the far left cord as the anchor cord.

Step 3: 

  • Make two DHH knots to the left, using the third cord from the left as an anchor cord.
  • This forms the first part of the heart.

Step 4: 

  • Using the same anchor cord, facing it to the right, make one DHH.

Step 5: 

  • Use the same anchor cord, facing it to the left, and make a DHH to the left.
  • This forms the top part of the heart pattern.

Step 6: 

  • Face the anchor cord to the right and make two DHH knots to the right.

Step 7: 

  • Make three DHH knots to the left using the far-right anchor cord.
  • This forms the first curve of the wave pattern.

Step 8: 

  • Using the third cord from the right as an anchor cord, make two DHH to the right.

Step 9:

  • Face the anchor cord to the left and make one DHH to the left.

Step 10: 

  • Face the anchor cord to the right and make one DHH to the right.

Step 11: 

  • Face the anchor cord to the left and make two DHH knots to the left.

Step 12: 

  • Make three DHH knots to the right using the far left anchor cord.

  • Repeat this pattern once more.

Macrame Video Tutorial Guide | Heart Wave Vine Pattern 


Wrapping Up Macrame Heart Wave Pattern

And there you have it, a stunning macramé heart pattern ready to be infused into countless imaginative designs.

Should you require a more extended look, don't hesitate to repeat the pattern several times until it reaches the length that perfectly suits your vision and purpose.

We hope this tutorial has inspired you to continue your macrame journey and explore other exciting projects.

And remember to share your beautiful creations with us and the macrame community - we can't wait to see what you come up with.

Until next time, happy knotting and creating!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply this pattern into 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 my macrame projects?

Below are tutorials on how I used this pattern to make a macrame keychain and macrame headband. 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.

Browse our macrame cord collection.

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. 

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With an array of projects catering to everyone from beginners to intermediate and advanced macramé artists, you're bound to find something unique to embark upon.

From eye-catching wall décor pieces that transform your living space to timeless plant hangers that suit any skill level, a world of macramé creativity is waiting for you to unravel.

Browse my collection of DIY macrame patterns on Etsy.

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