Macrame Knot – How to Tie a Josephine Knot (Step-by-Step Guide + Video Tutorial)

Bochiknot Macrame Knots How to tie a Josephine Knot

How to Make a Macrame Josephine Knot

The Josephine knot is considered a vintage knot when it comes to macrame. Back in the 1970’s when macrame began to grow in popularity, Josephine knots were used to create many macrame plant hangers and wall hanging designs. To this day, it is still widely used among macrame artisans.

If you are looking to incorporate a Josephine knot into one of your projects whether in a bracelet, a wall hanging, a plant hanger etc., learning how to tie a Josephine knot will help you develop a stronger macrame skill set, which will ultimately help you come up your own unique designs and patterns.

In this post, I will be going over 3 different ways to tie a Josephine Knot you can use to take your knotting skills to the next level.

What You Will Need To Begin

Before you begin a macrame project, you will need a few things – a pair of scissors, measuring tape, some rope or cord. You may need a few other materials such as a mounting object (dowel or ring) depending on what type of project you are making. Depending on the macrame project, the size of rope may also differ. For macrame projects such as jewelry – bracelets, earrings, necklaces ect., I will typically use smaller diameter sized cord such as 1mm – 2mm twine, string or even waxed cord. For macrame plant hangers or wall hangings, I generally use 3mm – 4mm single strand cotton cord for my projects.

In today’s lesson, the type of cord you use won’t have significant relevance as we will only be walking through how to tie the knot itself. I will be using 3mm single strand cotton cord for demonstration purposes.

If you’re ready to begin, we can jump into the 3 different ways to make a Josephine knot.

Step by Step Instructions

How to Tie a Vertical Josephine Knot

We will begin by making a vertical Josephine knot. Not as commonly used as a horizontal Josephine knot, the vertical knot pattern, when incorporated correctly with other knots can definitely add character and a unique look to a macrame design.

To get started, mount a few strands of cord onto a dowel using a Lark’s Head knot. If you are unfamiliar with how to tie a Lark’s Head Knot, please see my 50 Knots and Sennit Video. This is not a required prerequisite step to make the Josephine knot. For the purpose of showing how the Josephine knot is made, we will attach a few cords onto the dowel.

Step 1: To make the Josephine knot, take the far left cord, fold it over and form a loop.

Step 2: Next, fold the strand over again to make a second loop to form a pretzel-like shape as seen in the picture below.

Step 3: Then taking the same cord-end, weave it under the top part of the cord so that it looks like the example shown in the picture below.

Step 4: Next, take the end of the working-end and weave it through the right loop-hole, then underneath through the middle hole, then back up through the left loop.

Step 5: Finish off by tightening the cord. You have now completed a vertical macrame Josephine knot.

How to Tie a Horizontal Josephine Knot Using 2 Strands of Cord

Step 1: First, begin by making a loop with the left cord.

Step 2: Next, take the end of the right cord and weave it underneath the top of the left-cord and over the right-cord.

Step 3: Taking the same end of the right cord, weave it through the right loop in the middle from the top down, and then through underneath, and above the last loop. as seen in the picture below.

Step 4: Pull on both cord-ends to tighten. You have now completed the horizontal Josephine knot.

How to Tie a Horizontal Josephine Knot Using 4 Strands of Cord

Tying a Josephine knot using 4 strands of the cord will be pretty much identical to the way that we tied a horizontal knot using 2 cords. The only difference is you are using 2 strands as 1 to make the knot. Repeat the horizontal Josephine knot steps using 2 strands of cord as 1 to make the knot.

If for whatever reason you get lost, below is a video tutorial that will walk you through how to tie all 3 Josephine knots.

How to Tie a Josephine Knot Video Tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this macrame knot tutorial. If you’re interested in learning more or would like to begin creating your own macrame pieces, you can visit our online store.

I’ll see you next time,


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