When it comes to macrame, there are essentially 3 types of knots you really need to know, and that consists of beginning knots (also referred to as a mounting knots), tying knots (working cords & anchor cords), and ending knots.
In today’s macrame knot lesson, I’ll be going over 4 basic MUST-KNOW macrame knots. These 4 knots are IMPORTANT knots everyone should know when beginning macrame.
They fit into each of the 3 types of knots as mentioned above.
You can use these knots to make thousands and thousands of designs. You can make a plant hanger, a wall hanging or any other type of project. Your only limitation is your imagination.
Go ahead and practice making these knots. Once you are familiar with these knots inside and out, you can jump over to my beginner-friendly lotus flower wall hanging tutorial to apply these knots into a pattern.
If you’re ready to begin, let’s get started!
What You Will Need to Begin
To get things started, you will need some materials. Most importantly you will need some macrame cord. If you don’t have any, I would highly recommend you get yourself cord at Bochiknot online or at the second-best place, on Amazon.
If you’re interested in learning more about the different types of cord and what is best suited for your projects, check out our Beginner’s Guide To Choosing Macrame Cord.
Once you have your macrame cord, you’re now ready to begin.
We will first start with the mounting knot – a Lark’s Head knot. This knot is used to typically begin your projects. Whether it is a plant hanger or wall hanging project, the Lark’s head knot (front-facing or reverse) is arguably the popular knot used.
How to Make a Lark’s Head Knot – Step by Step Instructions
Lark’s Head Step 1:
- To make a Lark’s Head Knot, fold one strand of cord in half and attach it onto an object or another strand of cord by placing the loop-end through the back. Pull the loose cord-ends through the loophole.
Lark’s Head Step 2:
- Pull the cord ends to tighten the knot. You can have a front-facing or reverse Lark’s Head knot (opposite side of the knot). Either way, you will have a variation of a mounting knot you can use to get you going.
How to Make a Square Knot – Step by Step Instructions
The next two knots are frequently used in the middle of your projects to connect cords together to create patterns. Combining these knots together through various sequences can make for beautiful patterns. An Alternating Square knot row is a sequence made from a series of Square knots.
A Square knot is made from combining two opposite Half knots. I will be showing you a left-facing Square knot.
Square Knot Step 1:
- To make a Square knot, you will need four strands of cord.
Square Knot Step 2:
- Take the far left cord and fold it over the right 2 cords, then weave the far-right cord through the back and through the far-left loop.
Square Knot Step 3:
- Pull-on the cord ends to tighten. Make a reverse knot by taking the right cord over the left two cords, and then taking the far-left cord through the back and through the right loop. Pull-on the cord ends to tighten.
How to Make a Double Half Hitch Knot – Step by Step Instructions
Similar, to the Square knot, Hitch knots can come in many different forms. You will encounter horizontal and vertical Double Half Hitches in most macrame pieces.
We will be going over how to make a single Double Half Hitch knot.
Double Half Hitch Knot Step 1:
- To make a double half hitch knot, you will need an anchor cord. We will use the far-right cord as the anchor cord, and the cord next to it, on the left, as the working cord. Make a loop with the working cord over the anchor cord.
Double Half Hitch knot Step 2:
- On the second hitch knot, take the far right cord (same working cord) and make another loop on the anchor cord.
How to Make a Gathering Knot – Step by Step Instructions
A popular way to end a macrame project or to add more texture to a project is by using the Gathering knot.
Gathering Knot Step 1:
- To make the Gathering knot, there are usually filler cords in the middle as anchor cords and one longer working cord to make the Gathering knot.
Gathering knot Step 2:
- Take the working cord and make a loop with one end and hold the loop with the filler cords. Take the other end of the working cord and start wrapping it around to make the Gathering knot. Wrap it around several times.
Gathering knot Step 3:
- Taking the same end, thread it through the loop that you had made in the beginning.
Gathering knot Step 4:
- To tighten the Gathering knot, pull-on the top end of the working cord, until the loop end is underneath the gathered part of the knot.
All you have to do now is cut off the excess cord from both sides of the Gathering knot. You have now completed the Gathering knot.
4 Basic Macrame Knots Video Tutorial
Below is a video tutorial that goes over how to tie the four basic macrame knots we had gone through step-by-step. You can now use these knots and start creating some beautiful macrame projects.
If you would like to learn how to incorporate these knots into a project, jump over to my The 4 Must-Know Basic Macrame Knots post, which teaches you how to incorporate these knots into a design.
If you’re interested in learning more macrame knots, download our FREE 50 Macrame knots & sennits ebook.
The 50 Macrame knots & sennits ebook is your ultimate guide to mastering knots and creating beautiful macrame designs.
I hope you enjoyed this instructional step-by-step tutorial. Let me know if you have any questions or comments in the comments section below. Until next time, have fun macrame-ing!
If you’re interested in learning more about the different types of cord and what is best suited for your projects, check out my Macrame Knot Guide – download our FREE Bochiknot Macrame 50 knots PDF.
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