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Types of Macrame Knots

Types of Macrame Knots
Before you learn to make different types of macrame knots, it's important to know how many there actually are. Read the HobbyZeal article for a detailed list on these knots, and steps for making a few of them as well.
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Square Knot
  • To make this knot, you'll require―3 cords (red, green & orange), safety pin, and a cardboard.
  • Take all 3 cords in one hand and tie a knot on top to secure them together. Use a safety pin to fix them on the cardboard.
  • Keep the pattern of cords from left to right―red, green, and orange. Take the right orange cord and cross it over green cord.
  • Then take the same orange cord and go underneath the red cord towards left.
  • Now take the red cord and bring it under the green cord. Then it goes over the orange cord. This will make a loop.
  • Pull on both red and orange cords to complete the knot. Bring this new knot as close to the first one we made.
  • In the same manner, repeat the steps to make square knots for as long as you want the string to be.
Plaited Chain Stitch
  • To make this knot, you'll require―4 cords (gray, purple, pink & white), safety pin, and a cardboard.
  • Take all 4 cords in one hand and tie a knot on top to secure them together. Use a safety pin to fix them on the cardboard.
  • Keep the pattern of cords from left to right―pink, white, purple & gray. Take the gray cord and go over purple and white cords.
  • Make a loop around both cords and pull it through. Go behind all the 4 cords and bring the gray cord to the left side.
  • Now take the purple cord and go over white and pink cords. Make a loop around both cords and pull it through.
  • With a knot, you can secure the cords together. Bring the gray cord down now and begin the same steps with the pink cord now.
  • This way, you will work your way down the cords and make the knots bracelets or necklaces.
Vertical Lark's Head
  • To make this knot, you'll require―2 cords (dark blue & white), safety pin, and a cardboard.
  • Take both cords in one hand and tie a knot on top to secure them together. Use a safety pin to fix them on the cardboard.
  • Keep the pattern of cords from left to right―white & dark blue.
  • Most of the work will be done by the white cord. So wrap the white cord over the dark blue cord, fold it under, and then through the loop.
  • In the bottom, with the white cord, go around the dark blue cord, then under it, bring it upward and over, and in the end, through the loop.
  • This pattern should be something like―over, under, through & under, over, through. In the end, all you have to do is repeat the steps throughout the cords.
Advanced Macrame Knots
Apart from the knots that we discussed earlier, there are many more intricate and gorgeous knots to learn. Here's a "small" list of the different types of knots that are out there.
Basic Knots
  • Alternating Square Knots
  • Alternating V Patterns
  • Chain Sennit
  • Clew Knot
  • Cockscomb Knot
  • Hanger Knot
  • Interlocking Weave
  • Knife Knot
  • Masthead Mat Technique
  • Picot Designs
  • Portuguese Sennit
  • Pitcher Knot
  • Sailors Knot
  • Slipknot
  • Snowflake Design
  • Spanish Hitching
  • Spiral Stitch
  • Square Knot
  • Square Knot Button
  • Square Knot Sennits
  • Triangle Knot
  • Wishbone Design
  • Celtic Knots
  • Celtic Button Knot
  • Celtic Circle
  • Celtic Compass
  • Celtic Mat
  • Celtic Ring Knot
  • Celtic Square Knot
  • Celtic Triangle Knot
  • Figure Eight Pattern
  • Flat Turks Head
  • Globe Knot
  • Interlaced Plaits
  • Josephine Knot
  • Mobius Knot
  • Star Knot
  • Turks Head Knot
Lark's Head Knots
  • Buttonhole Scallops
  • Double Buttonhole
  • Lark's Head Designs
  • Lark's Head Knot
  • Lark's Head Sennits
  • Vertical Lark's Head
Chinese Knots
  • Brocade Knot
  • Chinese Button Knot
  • Chinese Snake Knot
  • Chinese Step Knot
  • Chinese Triangle
  • Cloverleaf Knot
  • Crown Knot
  • Double Connection
  • Mystic Knot
  • Plafond Knot
  • Rectangle Knot
Half Hitch Knots
  • Alternating Half Hitch
  • Basket Stitch
  • Diamonds
  • Double Half Hitch
  • Half Hitch Patterns
  • Half Hitch Spiral
  • Horizontal Double Half Hitch
  • Plaited Chain Stitch
  • Spiral Design
  • Shell Knot
  • Vertical Half Hitch
Finishing & Mounting Knots
  • Barrel Knot
  • Cat's Paw Hitch
  • Chain Picot Mount
  • Clove Hitch
  • Linen Stitch
  • Linked Overhand Knot
  • Manrope Knot
  • Matthew Walker Knot
  • Monkey Fist
  • Overhand Knot
  • Oysterman Knot
  • Stevedore Knot
  • Venetian Picot Mount
  • Wall Knots
  • Wrapped Knot
Once you've learned these beautiful knots, you can easily make attractive macrame bracelets, necklaces, purses, and other embellishments.