How to Macraweave (combining macrame knotting with weaving)

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Hello again everyone!

I’m back today with a new tutorial showcasing macraweaving.

This is a combination of macramé and weaving, which allows you to combine different fibers, adding texture to your work

To make our pattern today we are using some basic macramé knots: the Square knot, the Lark’s Head knot and the Double Half Hitch knot.

We will also incorporate two different weaving techniques: Soumak weave and Rya Loop knot. 

If you’re unsure about any of the macramé knots used in this tutorial, take a look at my 50 knots and sennets tutorial, or the macramé knot series playlist on my channel.

If you are looking to learn more about macramé, check out my structured macramé course I released recently, which contains 40 different lessons and 15 patterns to help you progress to more advanced macramé!

This post includes a step-by-step guide with photos on how to create our project today.

If you prefer something more visual to follow along with, check out our video tutorial at the bottom of the blog.

All of the materials you will need are listed below.

If you have any questions about macraweaving, post them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

Go ahead and give this macraweave a try!

Pinterest- How to macraweave
Time Duration of Project: Approximately 30 minutes depending on your skill level
Skill Level: (Beginner - Intermediate)

Materials & Supplies

Bochiknot Macrame Foundation Cord - 5mm x 100m (Bundle Pack)

Materials & Supplies:

Length of Cord:

  • 2 x 50cm

Let's Begin!

Step 1:

Hang up your dowel, and take one 200cm strand of cord.

Fold in half, and attach onto the dowel with a Lark’s Head knot.

Repeat this step with the other 15 strands of 200cm cord, so all 16 strands are attached to the dowel.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 1)

Step 2:

Take the far left four cords and create a Square knot. Use the far left and far right cords on the outer edges as working cords.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 2)

Step 3:

Repeat step 2 with the next set of four cords, and carry on across the dowel until 8 Square knots are made.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 3)

Step 4:

Make an alternating Square knot in between the first two Square knots, by using two cords from each knot.

Continue this step across the pattern to the right, so 7 alternating Square knots are completed in total.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 4)

Step 5:

Space out the square knots at the top of the dowel to widen the pattern.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 5)

Step 6:

On the far left side, complete a third row of alternating Square knots, to make 8 in total.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 6)

 

Step 7:

 

Take one 45 cm strand of cord and make a horizontal row of Double Half-Hitch knots, with all the vertical cords as working cords.

 

After the first knot is attached this should be fairly simple to complete.

 

Continue to the right until all cords are attached onto the anchor cord.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 7)

 

Step 8:

 

Jump about 8 cm down from the last row of Double-Half Hitch knots, and repeat Step 7 again with another 4 cm strand of cord.

 

Leave all of the loose ends for now – we will return to these later.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 8)

 

Step 9:

 

Using two cords as one, we’re going to make a series of Half Hitch knot patterns.

 

Take the first two cords as anchor cords, and the next two cords as working cords, to make a Half Hitch knot.

 

Repeat this step with the next set of four cords.

 

Continue to the right until you have made eight knots in total.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 9)

Step 10:

Skip the first two cords to make an alternating Half Hitch knot. Repeat the same pattern as above, to create seven knots in total.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 10)

Step 11:

Take another 45 cm strand of cord, and create another row of Double Half Hitch knots to the right, as we did earlier

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 11)

Step 12:  

Add another row of Square knots, starting on the far left side.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 12)

Step 13:

Skipping 2 cm down, create a row of alternating Square knots.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 13)

 

Step 14:

 

Skip another 2 cm down again, and create one more row of alternating Square knots.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 14)

 

Step 15:

 

Take another 45 cm strand of cord, and make one last row of horizontal Double Half Hitch knots.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 15)

Step 16:

Now we are going to start weaving, using the Soumak weaving technique.

Take some thick yarn, and weave it from the front to the back after the first four cords.

Then weave it back between the last two cords to secure the end.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 16)

 

Step 17:

 

Take the long yarn end and weave the yarn through the next set of four cords, going from front to back, and then back to the front.

 

Continue this pattern to the right, with the next four cords, until you reach the end of the pattern on the right. 

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 17)

 

Step 18:

 

We are then going to bring the yarn back by reversing the Soumak weave.

 

Weave the long end of the yarn through the same far right section, and then take the long end through from the front to the back on the next section, and then back through the top.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 18)

 

Step 19:

 

Continue front to back on the next section, bringing it through the front again after.

 

Repeat all the way across the pattern.

 

Tuck the loose yarn ends through the loops in the back.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 19)

 

Step 20:

 

Take one 325 cm strand of colored cord to make a Rya loop knot.

 

Take a short cord end, make a loop and then weave it between and around the first two cords on the left in the alternating Square knot section.

 

Open the loop to the left and take the long cord end, making a loop with it. Pull to tighten.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 20)

 

Step 21:

 

Take the long cord end again, and weave it through the next two cords to the front, to make another loop with the long cord end.

 

Pull to tighten.

 

The loops are about 5 cm in length when hanging down.

 

Continue all the way across the pattern to the right in two cord sections.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 21)

 

Step 22:

 

Take another 325 cm strand of colored cord, repeat steps 20 and 21 above the previous Rya knot pattern.

 

This time, shorten the loops just slightly.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 22)

 

 

Step 23:

 

Take a third 325 cm strand of colored cord, fold it in half and use it as one cord to make another Soumak weave pattern from left to right, and then right to left above it.

 

Take the two cord ends and weave it from back to front after the first two cords, and then weave the cord end through the first cord from front to back to secure it.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 23)

Step 24:

Complete the front to back weave every two cord sections until you reach the right-hand side of the pattern.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 24)

Step 25:

Reverse the pattern to return to the left-hand side, weaving from front to back through the same cord sections.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 25)

Step 26:

Seal the end by taking the loop at the top and taking one of the bottom cord ends through the loop to tie a double Overhand knot.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 26)

Step 27:

Turn the pattern around and take a crochet hook to hide the cord ends. Weave the cord through loops two times to secure neatly.

Repeat for all loose cord ends. Secure any yarn ends by making a loop and pulling through to tighten.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 27)

 

Step 28:

 

Cut off all excess cord and yarn. Trim the bottom fringe to your desired length. 

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 28)

Step 29:

To finish off, create a handle by making two Double Overhand knots at the top with a strand of 45 cm cord.

Bochiknot Macrame - How to macraweave (step 29)

I hope you’ve enjoyed following along and learning something new today with our macraweaving pattern.

 

Now you can continue to experiment with various shapes and designs using the techniques I’ve demonstrated today.

 

If you have any questions about the pattern, post them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you!


I’d love to see the pictures of your finished macraweaving projects too!

 

See you next time!


Have fun macraweaving!

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