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Beginners Guide to Four Basic Macrame Knots

Welcome to my “MacraMay” Series! Every week this month will be a new post and Youtube video on macrame crafts. This week we start with four basic macrame knots which you will need to know for the craft next week.

Practice these basic macrame knots and you’ll be on your way to becoming a macrame master.  

Basic Macrame Knots

Macrame Knot Supplies

All you will need to practice these knots is some string. It can be any type of string really, but I am using a 3mm macrame cord that I bought on Amazon here

You may also want some scissors to cut the cord to the length you want and some tape if you’ll be knotting directly on a table to keep it from moving around.

Basic Macrame Knots Instructions

Here are some basic instructions for these macrame knots. If you are a complete beginner, I recommend watching the Youtube video below. It will be a lot easier for you to learn that way.

1. Lark's Head Knot

This is one of the most basic macrame knots you will use for almost every project. It is essentially how you are securing your string to whatever you are creating your macrame project on. 

Basic Macrame Knots Lark's Head Knot
  1. Create a loop with your string and put it over the dowl or string.
Basic Macrame Knots Lark's Head Knot

2. Put the two ends into the loop you created and pull tight. That is a lark’s head knot!

Basic Macrame Knots Lark's Head Knot

2. Square Knot

Here’s another knot basic macrame knot you will use in most projects you encounter. It’s a simple two step process.

Basic Macrame Knots Square Knot
  1. Start with two lark’s head knots to secure a set of two strings onto your string or dowl. 
Basic Macrame Knots Square Knot

2. Take the left most string and make a loop across to the other side. Take the right most string and put it over the left string.

Basic Macrame Knots Square Knot

3. Take the right string and loop it under and then behind the middle strings and through the loop. Pull tight to the top. This is half of a square knot.

Basic Macrame Knots Square Knot

4. Repeat step two except you will start on the right side. Make a loop with the right most string over to the left, put the left string over it. Then take the left string and put it behind the middle strings and through the loop. Pull tight.

That is one square knot!

3. Spiral Knot

A spiral knot is a simple variation from the square knot.  If you know how to do the square knot, this will be a piece of cake.

Basic Macrame Knots Spiral Knot
  1. Start with 2 lark’s head knots. All you need to do to make a spiral knot is to knot the first half of the square knot over and over again. 
  2. Start on the left side, put the right string through the loop and pull tight. Do this over and over and you will see a spiral start to form.

4. Wrapped Knot

Wrapped knots are a good way to hold your string together. I use this in the beginning of my plant hangers and at the end of my keychains. This basic knot will definitely pop up if you get into macrame. 

Basic Macrame Knots Wrapped Knot
  1. Start with 4 lark’s head knots to secure to the dowl or string. Take a string and loop the end. Put the end over the top and then take the other longer end and wrap around your bundle of strings. 
Basic Macrame Knots Wrapped Knot

2. After you’ve wrapped it around several times, take the string and put it through the loop at the bottom. 

Basic Macrame Knots Wrapped Knot

3. Pull the top string and the loop and leftover string will go up into the wrapped portion. Make sure it does NOT come out the top. Cut the top and bottom strings close to the wrapped portion and it is done!

Basic Macrame Knots Wrapped Knot

What Can I Use These Knots for?

There are four basic macrame knots! You can use these knots in all sorts of projects including all the ones I will be posting this month during my MacraMay series.

You can use these knots in Macrame keychains, plant hangers, bracelets, necklaces and more. 

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When you practice these knots, let me know how it goes in the comments! I love to hear your feedback and your comments help other people to see my blog, so thank you!

You might also like other crafty projects like my book page paper roses craft or a diy aromatherapy stress ball!

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