Knots are the most IMPORTANT thing to know when it comes to macrame and making designs. If you would like to get better and improve on your macrame skills, constantly practicing and learning new knots is KEY!
In this macrame blog post, I’ll be going over how to make a lotus flower wall hanging pattern using four basic knots – Lark’s head, Square knot, Double Half Hitch knot and the Gathering knot.
I’ve always been fascinated by lotus flowers and how they grow from muddy waters and also because they symbolize enlightenment and self-regeneration.
I wanted to start off the new year of 2020 with this pattern, just because a new year usually marks a new chapter in everyone’s lives, and for some people that means a fresh-new restart.
If you’re ready to join me on your macrame journey, follow along in making this beginner-friendly macrame wall hanging.
I have laid out step by step instructions, along with a video tutorial that will help guide you through this piece.
Grab your cord and supplies, put on some soothing tunes, and let’s begin!
Macrame Supplies & Materials You Will Need
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- 12′ inch wooden dowel
- 4mm cotton cord
Length of Cord:
- 12 x 200cm
- 8 x 180cm
- 1 x 40cm
- 2 x 25cm
Macrame Step by Step Guide to Creating a Lotus Flower Wall Hanging
Step 1: Start by hanging up your 12-inch dowel.
Step 2: Take one strand of 200cm cord, fold it in half and attach it onto the wooden dowel using a lark’s head knot. Repeat for the remaining eleven cords so that there are a total of twelve cords attached to the wooden dowel.
Step 3: Once all twelve cords are attached, take the 40 cm cord and use that as an anchor cord for a row of horizontal Double Half Hitch knots, with the vertical cords as the working cords. Starting with the far left cord make a Double Half Hitch Knot on to the anchor cord.
Step 4: Continue until all twenty-four strands of vertical cords are attached on to the anchor cord.
Step 5: We will now begin to form the lotus pattern. Separate the strands so that there are twelve on each side. We will be using a series of Double Half Hitch knots to form the lotus flower pattern.
Step 6: Taking the middle right cord as the anchor cord, we’re going to make it Double Half Hitch knot.
Step 7: Continue with two more Double Half Hitch knots to the left. Then on the right side, make two Double Half Hitch knots with the top left cord, as the anchor cord.
Step 8: Then take the fifth cord from the left as the anchor cord and make a series of Double Half Hitch knots to the right, for a total of four Double Half Hitch knots.
Step 9: Then take the anchor cord we had just made a few Double Half Hitches on and use that as a working cord for a Double Half Hitch knot on the anchor cord to the right. Then taking the same working cord, make another Double Half Hitch Knot going the other way.
Step 10: Directly underneath the diagonal Double Half Hitch knot row in the previous step, take the far left cord and use that as an anchor cord for another row of four Double Half Hitch knots to the right.
Step 11: We will now start closing off the middle petal by taking the vertical cords in the middle section, and attach them on to the left anchor cord using Double Half Hitch knots. Starting with the inner far left cord, attach the cord on to the left anchor cord using a Double Half Hitch knot. Continue along to the next cord to the right.
We will then continue with the petal to the left by taking adding Double Half Hitch knots onto the same anchor cord.
Step 12: We will now add the third petal on the left side. Starting with the far left cord as the anchor cord, make another diagonal row of Double Half Hitch knots to the right, stopping at seven Double Half Hitch knots. Start by curving the Double Half Hitch knot row upwards, then diagonally following the second petal, on the right.
Step 13: Starting with the far left cord again, make another diagonal row of Double Half Hitch knots to the right underneath the row from the previous step, for a total of nine Double Half Hitch knots. Curve the Double Half Hitch knot row, so that it forms a petal-like-shape.
Step 14: Now, going back to the middle petal, take the cord to the left of the left anchor cord, and make a Double Half Hitch knot.
Step 15: Taking the same working cord, make a Double Half Hitch Knot on the same anchor cord, going the opposite way.
Step 16: Taking the same working cord, make a Double Half Hitch knot on the far left petal.
Step 17: Repeat on the right side, mirroring the left-two petals made on to the right.
Step 18: We will now add one more petal to the bottom of both sides. Starting with the far-right working cord underneath the petal on the left side as an anchor cord, make a row of Double Half Hitch knots to the left, for a total of 5 knots.
Step 19: Repeat on the right side.
Step 20: Close off the middle petal with one Double Half Hitch knot. Continue with the anchor cord from the third petal on both sides, for a Double Half Hitch knot. Close it off in the middle with one more Double Half Hitch knot.
Step 21: On the left bottom petal, take the first cord underneath, and use that as an anchor cord, for five Double Half Hitch knots to the right. Then repeat on the right side, for five Double Half Hitch is to the left.
Step 22: Then add a sixth Double Half Hitch knot on both sides, and close off with one more Double Half Hitch knot in the middle.
Step 23: We will now add 3 sets of Square-knot-diamonds underneath the lotus flower. Starting with the four cords in the center, make a square knot and then continue with two Alternating Square knots underneath. Finish off with one more Alternating Square knot underneath.
Step 24: Make another Square knot diamond on the left side, starting with the third cord from the left. Repeat on the right-side for one more Square Knot diamond.
Step 25: Take four strands of cord at 180cm long and attach them one-by-one onto the wooden dowel using Lark’s Head knots on the far left side.
Step 26: We will be using the eight strands of cord to make a Square knot tassel. Starting with the left four cords make a Square knot, then make one more adjacent Square knot to the right.
Step 27: Make an Alternating Square knot underneath. Continue repeating two Square knots and one square knot after until you have a total of 21 square knot rows ending with two Square knots, adjacent to each other. [replace picture]
Step 28: Once all 21 rows are made, take a 25 cm strand of cord and make a Gathering knot.
Step 29: Cut off the excess cord from the Gathering knot. The Square knot tassel on the left side is now complete. Take four strands of 180 cm cords and attach them onto the right side, and make another Square knot tassel.
Step 30: We will now tuck in the cord-ends from the horizontal row of Double half hitch knots at the very top. Turning the piece upside down, and using your fingers or a crochet hook, weave a cord end through a few of the loops from the Double Half Hitch knots. Cut off the excess cord and repeat it on the other end.
Step 31: To finish off the wall hanging, add two diagonal rows of double half hitch knots in the center to hold the cords together.
Step 32: The final step is to trim the bottom cord-ends to your desired length.
You have now completed the lotus flower pattern wall hanging. Congratulations!
Below is a video guide on how to make this lotus flower pattern wall hanging.
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 and have fun macrame-ing!
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